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Accent: North America

This extract is from an interview with a professional whistler.

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…that was the big hurdle for me…

In athletics, hurdling is the event in which runners have to jump over multiple obstacles while sprinting.

We can use the word hurdle to describe an obstacle or a challenge.

e.g. Our offer has been accepted, so the next hurdle will be to convince the bank to provide funding.

…getting over nerves…

The phrasal verb to get over something means to overcome a challenge or a difficult situation, to get past something that is preventing you from doing something.

e.g. Joining the drama club at school really helped my to get over my shyness and become more confident.


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