a) I know it sounds cliched, but this therapy has changed her life.
Stale, commonplace, overused.
So many celebrities have appeared in the press and on talk shows over the years raving about how "therapy (psychological counseling) has changed their lives," the phrase has become tiresome.
b) My daughter takes her allergies in stride, and has developed a typical kid's affection for all things bland, starchy and cheesey.
In stride: to cope with calmly, to accept something without reservation
Typical kid's affection: the preferences usually exhibited by children
Most young children don't like very spicy or unusual foods; they'd be happy to have macaroni and cheese or hamburgers and French fries for every meal.
But it was a fleeting thought and it certainly didn't come to fruition.
Fleeting thought: an idea that came into her head and left it just as quickly
here is an account of our inside knowledge.
Since we've toured the school, we now know things about it that other people don't. Here is what we learned.
Let's get my only 'niggle' out of the way first
Niggle: a trivial complaint, a minor detail that bothers me
the exterior of the new complex is slightly underwhelming
The exterior was rather plain and did not live up to my expectations.
The complex is utopia for the under-six-set. Brand spanking new toys......
Children under six years of age will enjoy this place - it will be like heaven on earth for them. The toys are in pristine condition.
("Brand spanking new" is just a very emphatic way of saying "new" or "never been used." When you purchase a new car from the manufacturer and it has zero miles on the odometer, it is "brand spanking new.")
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