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21 -- 21 (twenty-one)

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the legal age requiored in the US for a person to drink alcohol

I can't wait 'til I turn 21!  I can finally go clubbing with my friends and try some new mixed drinks.

21 -- 21st birthday (twenty-first)

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a milestone birthday

Conversation:

Robert:  Where are we goin' on your 21st birthday?  

Kenneth:  Let’s go to Vegas!

24 -- 24/7 (twenty-four-seven)

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24 hours a day and 7 days a week

Convenience stores at some gas stations are open for business 24/7.

25 -- 25 cents (twenty-five)

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a quarter

You can’t buy much for 25 cents, that's for sure.

3 -- 2’s a couple (two's), 3’s a crowd (three's)

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a belief that having a third person changes things in some way

Conversation:

Charles & Peggy:  Why don’t you join us for lunch?

Sheila:  No. That’s OK.  2’s a couple and 3’s a crowd.  Have fun you two!

3 -- 3-dog night (three)

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so cold that you need the warmth of three dogs around you -- in other words, lots of blankets!

The state of Alaska in the USA has many 3-dog nights.

3 -- 3-strikes law (Habitual Offenders Law) (three)

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when a person has two serious crimes on his/her record and then gets convicted a third time, s/he is sent to prison for life

Conversation:

Rachel:  Did you know that the ‘3-striks Law’ name comes from baseball?  

Oscar:  No, I didn’t. That’s interesting, and it make's sense since in baseball, '3 strikes your out.'

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3 -- 3K run (three)

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running 3 kilometers or 1.8 miles

Many people participate in 3-K runs for fun, competition, and various causes.

3 -- 3rd base (get to third base)

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what many boys want to do and the way they describe how far they got with a girl – 3rd base = touching below the waist.

I don’t think my girlfriend will ever let me get to 3rd base.

3 -- 3rd degree burn (third)

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a ‘full thickness burn’ that destroys the outer layer of skin and the layer under it

My little brother was rushed to the hospital with 3rd degree burns.  At the time, we were really worried about his condition.