Thursday, May 29, 2014

To grovel

To grovel - to show too much respect for someone or to be willing to obey someone, because you want to please them or you are afraid of them.

Example - "He criticized leaders who grovelled to foreign patrons"

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Guff - nonsense, or talk that is meant to impress people but that has little meaning.

Example - "We won't take guff from no one!"

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Friday, May 23, 2014


Whiplash - a serious injury affecting your neck, caused when the vehicle you are in is hit from behind by another vehicle, which makes your head move violently.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Sage - wise and showing good judgment.

Example - "That was a sage decision."

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To cradle

To cradle - to hold something carefully and gently in your hands or arms.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

To decry

To decry - to say publicly that you do not approve of something or someone.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Head start

Head start - an advantage over other people in the same situation as you, especially in a competition; a situation in which you start a race before your opponents or from a position that is further ahead.

Example - "The reading course gives young children a head start."

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

To scram

To scram - to leave a place quickly and immediately.

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Tout -

1- to praise someone or something because you want other people to think they are good or important.

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2 - To sell tickets for an event such as a sports match or concert for more money than their real price.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Hassle - a situation that causes problems for you or that annoys you very much.

Example - "If it's too much hassle, we can do it some other time."

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Supple - able to move and bend your body very easily and in a graceful way.

Example - "Do some stretching exercises to keep yourself supple."

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Sunday, May 11, 2014


Binge - a period of excessive indulgence in an activity, especially drinking alcohol or eating.

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Wedlock - the state of being married.

Example - "He was born out of wedlock."

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

To forfeit

To forfeit - to lose or to be deprived of as a penalty for wrongdoing.

Example - "If they moved away, they would forfeit all rights to their land."

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

To mooch

To mooch - to get something from someone instead of buying it yourself.

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To sprint

To sprint - to run, swim, etc at a very high speed for a short period.

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Sketchy - dishonest or not reliable.

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To outpace

To outpace - to make more progress, increase more quickly, or become more successful than someone or something else; to move faster than someone else.

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To mollify

To mollify - To make someone feel less angry or upset.

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To pilfer

To pilfer - to steal things, especially from the place where you work.

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Delectable - very pleasant, especially to eat or drink; very attractive.

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Rampant - existing, happening or spreading in an uncontrolled way.

Example - "Abuse of power among senior officials is said to be rampant."

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Swift - happening quickly or immediately; moving quickly.

Example - "She made a remarkably swift recovery."

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

To frolic

To frolic - to play in a happy way with a lot of energy and movement.

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To revel in

To revel in - to enjoy something very much.

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To rekindle

To rekindle - to start a friendship or relationship again with someone.

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To ploy

To ploy - a way of tricking or confusing someone in order to get an advantage or to make them do what you want.

Example - " Laura desperately tried to think of a ploy to delay his departure."

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To jostle

To jostle - to compete for something; to push against someone because you are trying to move past them in a crowd.

Example - "We managed to jostle our way to the front."

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Thursday, May 1, 2014


Snooty - someone who is snooty thinks they are better than other people and behaves rudely towards them.

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To scramble

To scramble - to hurry or try very hard to get something, often competing with other people.

Example - "Companies are scrambling to recruit skilled workers."

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To broach

To broach - to begin discussing something with someone, especially when you feel nervous because it may upset you.

Example - "He decided it was time to broach the subject of pay rise."

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Unapologetic - showing that you do not think you have done something wrong, or that you do not think you need to apologise.

Example - "She was pretty unapologetic about the mistake."

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