Monday, March 31, 2014


Mogul - an important and powerful person in a particular activity or business.

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To drizzle

To drizzle: 

1 - to pour a small amount of liquid over food that you are preparing.

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2 - to rain in a very light way.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

To luck out

To luck out - to be lucky.

Example - "We so lucked out tonight!"

In jest

In jest - if you say something in jest, you do not mean it seriously.

Example - "I'm sure Jesse said most of it in jest."

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Friday, March 28, 2014


Ruthless - willing to make other people suffer so you can achieve your aims.

Example - "She showed a ruthless determination to succeed in her career."

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To badger

To badger - to try to make someone do something by asking them many times.

Example - "They keep badgering me to take them to the show."

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Kooky - silly or strange.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014


Jumpy - nervous.

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Queasy - feeling that you are going to vomit.

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Every cloud has a silver lining

Every cloud has a silver lining - usually for saying that there is usually a good aspect of a bad situation.

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To divvy

To divvy up - to divide or share something.

Example - "It is time to divvy up what's in the Lost and Found box."

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to garnish

To garnish - to add something to a dish or food to make it look more attractive.

Example - "Garnish the fish with lemon slices."

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To gab

To gab - to talk a lot and for a long time about unimportant things.

Example - "What were you two gabbing about all evening?"

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To dodge

To dodge - to avoid someone or something by moving quickly, especially so that something does not hit you or someone does not see you.

Example - "Shoppers had to dodge flying glass when the bomb exploded."

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

To wobble

To wobble - to rock slightly from side to side.

Example - "I wouldn't sit on that chair. It wobbles."

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Scatterbrained - disorganized and lacking in concentration.

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To chide

To chide - to criticize someone, or to speak to them in an angry way because you think their behaviour is wrong.

Example - "The company was chided for its lack of original research."

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Edgy - in a bad mood because you are worried or nervous.

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To fluster

To fluster - to make someone feel confused, embarrassed or nervous.

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To upstage

To upstage - to do something so you can get more attention and admiration than someone else, especially someone who will be annoyed by this.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014


Scrumptious - tasting extremely nice.

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To fidget

To fidget - to keep making small quick movements with parts of your body because you are bored, nervous or impatient.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

To skim

To skim - if someone skims money, they take small amounts from somewhere so that people do not notice it is gone.

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Luddite - someone who does not like new technology and who tries to avoid using it.

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To condone

To condone - to approve of behaviour that most people think is wrong.

Example - "The school does not condone bullying of any kind."

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Friday, March 21, 2014

To smear

To smear - to spread a substance accidentally and make a mess.

Example - "The ink tends to smear on shiny paper."

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Gridlock - A situation in which there are so many cars on the road that traffic cannot move; a situation in which is impossible to make progress.


Ubiquitous - present everywhere.

Example - "His ubiquitous influence was felt by all the family."

Sunday, March 16, 2014

To fudge

To fudge - to avoid giving a clear decision or explanation.

Example - "People have accused us to fudging the issue."

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Write-off - an agreement that allows someone not to pay back the amount that they owe.

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To pry

To pry - to be interested in someone's personal life in a way that is annoying or offensive.

Example - "I just glanced at the letter, I didn't mean to pry."

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Lowlife - a bad person, specially a criminal.

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Slop - Waste food or drink left by customers in restaurants and bars.

Example - "Listen up, diner! I just hit the big time. No more serving up slop to you lowlifes." 

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Scapegoat - someone who is blamed for something that is not their fault, especially because someone else wants to avoid being blamed.

Example - "She's being made a scapegoat for the commission's own mistakes."

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Bottoms up

Bottoms up - used for expressing good wishes before drinking an alcoholic drink. The more usual word is cheers.

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Stuck-up - a stuck-up person acts as though they are too important to speak to you.

Example - "She looks stuck-up, like she'd talk about herself all night."

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To shimmy

To shimmy - to move your shoulders and hips from side to side as you dance or walk.

Example - "Free up your shoulders to shimmy!"

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Stoop - a way of standing or walking with your head and shoulders bent downwards and forwards.

Example - "I saw a guy on a stoop frenching his cat!"

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To scuff

To scuff - To make markings on the surface of something by rubbing it against something rough.

Example - "You just scuffed his mother's freshly waxed floor!"

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

To shuck

To shuck - to remover the outer shell of something such as a nut or vegetable.

Example - "I once shucked oysters on a cruise."

to rummage

To Rummage - to look for something among a lot of other things.

Example - She rummaged in a drawer for some aspirin.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

To clump

To clump - to walk with heavy steps.

Example - "He clumped down the narrow stairs."

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Monday, March 10, 2014


Grouchy - often in a bad mood or complaining a lot.

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Off the top of my head

Off the top of my head - immediately and without thinking very much.

Example - "Off the top of my head, I'd say we have about 100 members."

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Dicey - involving danger or risk.

Example - "There is a dicey underpass and Grand Central where we might get shot."

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To chug

To chug - to drink all of something without stopping.

Example - "Chugging that energy drink didn't help."



Wired - feeling nervous and excited, especially because of drinking too much coffee or taking drugs.

Example - "I feel tired and wired at the same time."

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Friday, March 7, 2014

In it for the long haul

In it for the long haul - determined to continue with something until it is finished successfully.

Example - "When it comes to us, I am in it for the long haul."

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Reality check

Reality check - if you tell someone they need a reality check, you want them to consider the true situation instead of the way they want it to be.

Example - "Time for a reality check here...can we really finish this on time?"

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