Learn: tradition, eyesore, hazard, weighed down, gave way

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It’s the end of the affair.

Attaching a ‘love lock’ to the Pont des Arts before throwing the key into the River Seine in Paris has become a tourist tradition.

But the romantic gesture has turned into an eyesore and also a hazard. The bridge is weighed down with nearly 50 tonnes of metal.

Last year, one section of the railings gave way.

The bridge has been closed as workers remove the locks.

Vocabulary

tradition
(here) a way of acting and behaving which continues for a long time

eyesore
ugly sight in a public place

hazard
dangerous thing

weighed down
(here) carried too much weight, felt heavy

gave way
collapsed

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