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    #1

    Smile difficult sentences

    dear all
    in these sentences
    1)Hey, Reese, how'd it
    go with the principal?
    Fantastic.
    I love when they get old and
    they start just phoning it in.
    He's actually willing to believe
    this is from obsessive hand washing.
    i've not understood phoning it in

    2)people kept colliding on the stairs
    i've not understood kept colliding
    thank you

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    Re: difficult sentences

    When somebody phones something in he makes very little serious effort at it. (You might find some examples on Google. (www.google.com)

    People who collide on the stairs run into each other on the stairs.




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    Re: difficult sentences

    After I've read ur response to adel87's question, another question pops up. So i felt the need to post my question under the same thread. First when i saw the phrase "to phone something in", without seeing the context where the phrase is used, i associated the phrase to another commonly seen one, i.e. "to call something in". Then i appealed to google to find what this expression "to phone in" means, i came across the following sentence, "I phone this order in to the plant right away. I will phone in the order to my secretary right away..." If i have to take a guess, i would say this phrase can also mean that you inform people of something, could be news, information, or your decision over the phone. Is my guess correct? Thank you.

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    Re: difficult sentences

    It is definitely true that the phrase can be meant either literally ("I phoned the order in to the plant") or figuratively.



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