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Fear of the Dentist

Sarah has a fear of going to the dentists. She is in the kitchen talking to her mum about going to a dentist’s appointment in the afternoon...

Mum: Did you sleep well?

Sarah: No, Mum. My tooth really hurts! I couldn’t sleep at all last night!

Mum: Really? I’ll have to take you to the dentist after school today then…

Sarah: No, Mum! Please, don’t! You know I’m so scared of going to the dentists.

Mum: Don’t worry! I’ll come with you. You’ll be fine.

Sarah: OK, Mum... I suppose I’ll have to go. I can’t put up with this pain any longer!

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Fear of the Dentist


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To let down someone

To make someone disappointed when you have not fulfilled a promise.

She promised that she would be there but she let me down.

To break down

1.  To become very upset.

2.  When something stops working

1.  She broke down when she opened her results.

2.  The lift broke down.

To bring somebody/something down

1.  To make someone lose their powerful position.

2. To make something end.

1.  He brought his boss down by exposing personal emails.

2.  The rise in export prices could bring the hospitality industry down.

To bottle something up

To refuse to talk about things when someone is worried or upset.

After his father passed away, he bottled his emotions up and wouldn’t talk to anyone.

To get something across

To make someone believe or understand something

He tried to get his point across but his manager wouldn’t listen.

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