I've been playing
Saying have been [verb]-ing, or, as here, I've been playing is a way of saying that you have done something and are continuing to do it. Karen has played cricket in the past, plays now and will continue to play. This 'have been -ing' or 'has been -ing' combination is called the present perfect continuous tense. Follow the link to find out more.
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took over
started doing the job
Example: She will take over as manager while Iím on holidays.
For more meanings of the phrasal verb take over, follow the link.
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Women's
Notice that the possessive apostophe is used here before the 's', but is used after the 's' when referring to more than one girl later in the story. Follow the link for more.
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whether
Watch the spelling of this word - follow the link and discover why.
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girls'
See the note about Women's above.
grew up
To grow up with someone is to spend a lot of your childhood and adolescence with them.
Example: She grew up with Aborigines and can speak their language.
For more meanings of the phrasal verb grow up, follow the link.
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so far
up to now
Example: She's the best student I've taught so far.
won
Here won is the past tense of the irregular verb win. Follow the link to listen to some examples.
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made
Here made is the past tense of the irregular verb make. Follow the link to listen to some examples.
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stick in my mind
Something that sticks in your mind is remembered for a very long time.
Example: That song has stuck in my mind for years.
along those lines
similar
Example: I liked the style of their house - perhaps we could build one along those lines.
buck stops with you
the final responsibility is yours
Example: He's the coach of the team, so the buck stops with him.
a fair bit
a lot
Example: I've got a fair bit of work to do.
on home soil
in your own country; in your own territory; on your own ground
Example: This year we'll be playing them on home soil.