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carve out time

carve out time

Date: Jan 10 2019

Themes: Celebrity, Friend, Pop Culture


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I fight to carve out the time. My friends are such a priority because they were what I had for most of my life.”

Actress Drew Barrymore, talking about spending time with her friends


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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make free time for important activities; set aside time to do something

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Have you ever seen a statue carved from wood or stone? In museums around the world, beautiful, detailed sculptures of animals and people show the careful work of artists. Carving anything from a piece of wood or rock is hard work, and the result is valuable.

Carving out time is also work. Our daily lives are busy, and it can be hard to find time to spend with friends, or family, or on a favorite hobby. But when something is important to us, we always find a way to carve out the time. Whatever we do with that time is valuable, too. A girl who wants to go out with her friends will carve out time from her schedule of school and work. A boy who is interested in a girl will carve out time from playing video games and hanging out with his buddies to take the girl on a date. Parents usually carve out time to spend with their kids.

For actress Drew Barrymore, spending time with her friends is always important. Even though she’s always busy, she makes sure to carve out time to be with her friends because they are her support group.

What do you carve out time for? Who are the important people in your life?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“In order to be healthy, you really need to carve out time to spend at the gym. Fitness is important!”

“No matter how busy you are at work, it’s important to carve out time to spend with your family.”

“When Sam went back to college, he had to carve out time for homework around his full-time job.”


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

GWTA Take/reserve time for something
by GWTASuper Member!
Manu4 To extend time.
by Manu4
DeniseOfs find time
by DeniseOfs
To make use of every moment
by Mr. Learner

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Now I am preparing for exams  to get a job and I carve out time for study.But of couse, family and kids take lot of my time every day.

05:40 AM Jun 05 2014 |

Ngubo Sixtus

South Africa

I do carve out time for studying English lesson in order to improve my English. 

01:45 AM Jun 05 2014 |

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