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    Default can't seem / to shake it off / pulled out / spread / on my own

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following excerpt from an conversation?

    - Is there something wrong? You look a bit down in the dumps. Not your usual cheerful self.
    - Yes, I suppose I am feeling a little down today. I woke up feeling glum and I just can’t seem to shake it off.
    - Why do you think that is? What’s up?
    - Well, what happened was that I invited a few friends over for dinner last night and every single one of them pulled out at the very last minute.
    - Oh, that’s awful. What reasons did they give for cancelling at such short notice?
    - Well, they all had their excuses about hard days and overtime at work. But it didn’t make it any easier for me to tuck into that spread all on my own.
    can’t seem = can’t sham = can’t play = can’t simulate = can’t feign
    to shake it off = to get rid of it / to make it go away
    pulled out = cancelled the arrangement / said they couldn’t come= declined an invitation
    spread = spree, jamboree, drinking-party
    on my own = by one's own efforts or resources

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Default Re: can't seem / to shake it off / pulled out / spread / on my own

    "spread" here means a meal
    "on my own" = by myself

    Otherwise all are good uses.

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