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    My arms were heavy as I pulled off the shirts

    I can't believe what happened today!
    It's amazing! My problems are finally over! Sarah said the magic words:
    "Have you been working out, Dave? You look bigger."
    I went home and looked in the mirror.
    I did look bigger!
    Then I realized the reason.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,

    She touched my arm and asked me how many layers I was wearing.
    I made some excuse and left the room in a hurry.
    "Abandon ship, abandon ship!"
    I told myself. I ran to the bathroom.
    My arms were heavy as I pulled off the shirts just lifting them exhausted me.
    I had to stop and rest.
    I slowly took off all the shirts and hid them in the closet.
    I put my sweater back on without anything under it.
    Relieved of the weight of all those layers I'd been wearing, I felt light and free again.
    I suddenly realized what I really looked like at the party a sad ball of clothing.
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    This is about a boy faking his thin look by wearing many layers of clothes. Does "as" in the underlined mean "when" or "because"? I can't understand why his arms were heavy. Was he holding them in his hands?
    Last edited by keannu; 15-Mar-2016 at 16:19.

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    Re: My arms were heavy as I pulled off the shirts

    In the underlined phrase, as means "while." His arms were heavy​ is an idiom. It means he found it difficult to raise his arms, as if he were lifting a heavy weight.
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