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rusty

rusty

Date: Apr 12 2018

Themes: Health, News, Sports

Quote

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“I came back kinda rusty just being hurt a whole year, so I had to get back into the flow of things. I just feel like my best football is ahead of me.”

—US Football Player Derwin James, speaking about playing even better in the future (USA Today)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

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out of practice; not good because one did not practice or study recently

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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What happens to an old car if you leave it outside? Of course, it will get dirty, and mice might begin to live in it. However, something special happens to the metal parts of the car. They begin to change. First, they change color and become orange or brown. The metal is turning into rust. Then, the metal parts get soft. And eventually, this old metal will break into small pieces. It became rusty and old.

In English, we also use the word rusty to talk about a person who used to do something really well but cannot do it this well anymore. When a person becomes rusty, they stop practicing. For example, a musician who doesn’t play their instrument cannot play a beautiful song right away. US football player Derwin James was hurt a few years ago. After his injury, he was really rusty. He was too hurt to practice playing football. The good news is that he is much better now!

Are any of your skills rusty? What do you do so you don’t become rusty at your favorite activities?

Examples

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“I haven’t played basketball in about 2 years. I think I’m pretty rusty.”

“My computer skills are rusty because I haven’t used a computer in years.”

“She’s a little rusty, but some practice will help.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

VOLTS impaired; out of practice
by VOLTSSuper Member!
unable to play or perform well for being out of practice for a long time.
by La Princesse de la vie

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will121

United States

rusty = deny?

04:38 AM Aug 22 2018 |

Hadiss

Hadiss

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i havnt gone to the gym since 2015, so i try not to get rusty by going to short walks and working out at home.

01:00 PM Aug 21 2018 |

mahbubeh92

mahbubeh92

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

although i am an English tutor, i feel like I have become a little rusty in memorizing vocabulary, especially this word “RUSTY” which i used to know its meaning but now….


and i was wondering if i could use the verb “become ” with the word, now that i researched in dictionary i realized that i could.

01:53 PM Apr 13 2018 |

DHMSuper Member!

Mexico

I started again my workout, because i leaved four months ago, I felt to rusty.

06:55 PM Apr 12 2018 |

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Ramses98

Ramses98

Germany

I became rusty in running because I paused a half year. How stupid…. Now it hurts :-)


03:51 PM Apr 12 2018 |

mojtaba

mojtaba

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

rusty, interesting use of it.the good news for me is that I didn’t have any special skill or talent that became rusty  :)

05:44 AM Apr 12 2018 |

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