Friday, February 28, 2014


Slick - done in a very impressive way that seems to need very little effort; a slick person is clever and good at persuading people but probably not honest or sincere.

Example - "They ran a very slick promotion campaign, you must admit."

Image -


Put-down - a comment intended to criticize someone and make them feel stupid.

Example - "She was getting sick of his constant put-downs."

Image -

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Taser - A weapon that produces a strong electric current used to stop people from being violent.

Example - "Fire a taser at him if he attempts to rape you again."

Image -

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

To churn out

To churn out - to produce something in large quantities quickly and often carelessly.

Example - "He churns out a blockbuster film once a year."

To lug

To lug - to carry or move something with difficulty because it is very heavy

Example - "She lugged his bag out into the hall."

Image -


Downfall - a sudden loss of power, status or success

Example - "Bad investments that led to the company's downfall."

Image -

To doff your hat/cap

To doff your hat/cap - to show respect to someone or something.

Example - "I doff my hat to those who donate to charity."

Image -


Wiry - a wiry person is thin but looks strong; wiry hair is stiff and rough.

Example - "He had a wiry build."

Image -

To expunge

To expunge - to remove something completely, especially from a written record.

Example - "A student loan is the worst bill you can ignore. It can never be expunged."

Image -

To accrue

To accrue - if something accrues, it gradually increases in amount.

Example - "The interest rate has continued to accrue."

Image -


Wad - a round mass of something soft; a thick pile or ball of papers, money, etc.

Example - "She was holding a wad of ten-pound notes."

Image -

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Turnaround - an important change in a situation that causes it to improve.

Example - "We've recently had an economic turnaround in our country."

Image -


Solvent - if you are solvent, you have enough money to pay your bills and other debts.

Example - I need to do something to keep me solvent for another week or two.

Image -

Monday, February 17, 2014


Expanse - a large area of land, water or sky.

Example - "His father had vast expanses of farmland."

Image -

To pour out

To pour out - To tell someone everything that you are feeling.

Example - "She began pouring out her fears about the future."

Image -

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Brawn - physical strength, especially when compared with mental skill and intelligence.

Example - "This is the kind of job that needs brains, not brawn."

Image -


Fraught - full of problems, difficulties, or things that are confusing.

Example - "Organizing event can be a fraught business."

Image -

To toil

To toil - to work very hard doing something difficult and tiring, especially physical work.

Example - "I was being underpaid for my many hours of toil."

Image -


Stale - not fresh, old; unpleasant.

Example - "Wrap the bread up well or it will go stale."

Image -

Saturday, February 15, 2014

To thump

To thump - To throb, beat, pound or palpitate violently.

Example - "It was hard to control my emotions! My heart was thumping with excitement!"

Image -


Outset - the start of something.

Example - "You are going to love this book from the outset!"

Image -


Restless - not satisfied with the way that you are living and wanting to have new experiences.

Example - "He was getting restless so he decided to move to NYC."

Image -

Friday, February 14, 2014

To pledge

To pledge - to promise seriously and publicly to do something.

Example - "Take the pledge to never text and drive!"

Image -

Lowdown (on someone or something)

Lowdown (on someone or something) - the full story about someone or something

Example - "I need to get the lowdown on John. Is he still an accountant?"

Image -

To flag

To flag - to become tired or weak, or to begin to lack enthusiasm.

Example - "After a long day at work, his energy flagged."

Image -

To hold water

To hold water - to prove credible, logical or consistent; to be convincing.

Example - "The alibi did not hold water."

Image -


Manhole - A hole in the surface of a road or street, covered with a metal lid and used for entering an underground passage such as a sewer.

Example - A man in China has been charged with attempted murder, after he pushed his girlfriend down a manhole.

Image -

To splurge

To splurge - to spend a lot of money, especially on something special as a way of making yourself feel good; to eat a lot of nice food.

Example - Charlotte has splurged over US$ 2,000 on clothes this year.

Image -

Thursday, February 13, 2014

To buoy

To buoy - to encourage someone and make them feel more confident.

Example - "Julia has been buoyed up by the news."

Image -

To duck out

To duck out - to leave a place, especially in a way that is not noticed by other people.

Example - "Henry ducked out for a smoke."

Image -


Laden - carrying something heavy, or supporting the weight of something heavy.

Example - "Passengers got off the train laden with boxes and suitcases."

Image -


Indulgence - the act of doing or having something that is not good for you.

Example - "Carrie collects shoes - it is her indulgence!"

Image -


Stilt - long narrow pieces of wood with places to put your feet on so that you can stand on them to walk above the ground.

Example - "I love going to circuses to see performers walking on stilts."

Image -


Gale - a very strong wind.

Example - "Plane’s wing almost clips runway at Manchester Airport during gale force winds."

Image -

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Belligerent - very unfriendly and angry.

Example - "- Why are they always fighting?
                   - Maybe because she is so belligerent?"

Image -

To clutch

To clutch - to take hold of someone or something because you are afraid.

Example - "When she noticed the pickpockets all over the place, she clutched her purse."

Image -

Ticking off

Ticking off - an occasion when someone speaks angrily to a person who has done something wrong.

Example - "She gave me a loud ticking-off."

Image -

To drum into

To drum into - to make someone learn or understand something by repeating it many times.

Example - "It was drummed into me that all men suck."

Image -

To jolt

To jolt - to shock someone so that they suddenly change what they are doing or thinking.

Example - "The alarm jolted me out of a deep sleep."

Image -


Quirky - slightly strange.

Example - "She has a quirky sense of humor"

Image -

Monday, February 10, 2014


Hurdle - one of several problems that you must solve before you can do something successfully.

Example - "Finding investors is the biggest hurdle we face"

Image -


Contingency - something that might happen in the future, especially something bad.

Example - "We like to be prepared for all contingencies."

Image -

To strain one's eyes/ears

To strain one's eyes/ears - to try very hard to see or hear something.

Example - "What a gossip! She was straining her ears to eavesdrop their conversation."

Image -

To clench

To clench - to close a part of your body tightly, especially because you are angry or upset.

Example - "He clenched his fists in frustration."

Image -


Compelling - interesting or exciting enough to keep your attention completely.

Example - "What a great book! The author managed to write such a compelling story! I could not stop reading it!"

Image -


Whirlwind - something that happens very quickly and unexpectedly, so that the people involved have little control of what happens and how they feel

Example - "They are married already? Talk about a whirlwind romance!"

Image -


Fad - something that is popular or fashionable for only a short time.

Example - " - Are you going to buy those shoes?
                    - Me? No! You know I don't follow these fads!"

Image -

Sunday, February 9, 2014

To tally with

To tally with - to agree or correlate with another.

Example - "What you just said does not tally with what you had told me before."

Lump sum

Lump sum - single payment of money, as opposed to a series of payments made over time; a single sum of money that serves as complete payment.

Example - "When you retire, would you like to receive a lump sum or would you rather have regular income?" 

To rain on someone's parade

To rain on someone's parade - to spoil something for someone; to do something that spoils someone's plans.

Example - "I hate to rain on your parade, but you know you are not allowed to have friends over."