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Hi Tom First,

A rag doll is a term used usually for soft children's toys and its use in this context is quite unusual.

'Effigy' is a more formal or literary word used for any figure created to look like a person. Statues are effigies, for example. 'Effigy' can also be used for figures burned in protest, as you say.


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Hi everyone.
My hometown is Vietnam, our country always set off the fireworks on special holiday as Lunar New Year or others. But this year, our country had been flooded with the goverment made a decision that we will not enjoy new year moment by burning fireworks, then save the money of buying fireworks to help the poor people...good activity, alright?

Hello I'm a little bit confused about that sentence "it was really nice to come up and meet up with my " why he said come up or meet up? Thanks a lot by the way this website is really helpful

Hello azi_ni_,

'Come' and 'come up' are often interchangeable. 'Come up' is most often used when when there is some travel involved, especially when there is some concept of 'up' involved - going north, for example, or going upstairs. We can also say 'come down' in a similar way.

'Meet' by itself can refer to an accidental meeting or a planned meeting, but 'meet up with' is only used when there is an planned meeting such as a party or similar.


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Thanks a lot

In Italy people usually set off fireworks especially on commemorative dates, e.g. on patron saint's festivals.
No, I haven't.
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On their special days like weddings,birthdays etc.

No,I haven't

Well, I have learned a new one again about the tradition.

Hallo, could you explain me why ,, come UP and meet UP with my friends..,, Can I just say ,,come and meet with my friends,,?

Hello Jellena1983,

Both 'come up' and 'meet up' are phrasal verbs. Both can be found in our dictionary - see the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box on the right - and you can find out more about phrasal verbs in general on our phrasal verbs page.

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