Saturday, December 26, 2015


Spellbinding - holding one's attention completely as though by magic; fascinating.

Example - "We went to a place of spellbinding beauty"

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Friday, December 25, 2015

To ebb

To ebb - to decrease gradually.

Example - "My enthusiasm was ebbing away."

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Inane - lacking sense or meaning; silly.

Example - "Don't badger people with inane questions."

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To talk shop

To talk shop - to discuss matters concerning one's work, especially at a social occasion when this is inappropriate.

Example - "They would incessantly talk shop in the village pub."

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Get-go - from the very beginning.

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To bark up the wrong tree

To bark up the wrong tree - to make the wrong choice, to ask the wrong person, to follow the wrong course.

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Bull-headed - determined in an obstinate and unthinking way.

Example - "She's got this bulheaded belief that she's always right."

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Penchant - a strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something.

Example - "He has a penchant for adopting stray dogs."

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Bane - a cause of great distress or annoyance.

Example - "The telephone was the greatest bane of my life"

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Trumped up

Trumped up - invented as an excuse or a false accusation.

Example - "He was arrested on trumped-up charges."

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

House of Cards

House of Cards - a flimsy structure or situation that is in danger of collapsing or failing.

Example - "We must plan this campaign implementing maximum precision, else it will disintegrate into a house of cards"

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Grifter - fraudster; scammer.

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To root out

To root out - to remove or eliminate completely; to get rid of something completely.

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To dabble

To dabble - to take part in an activity in a casual or superficial way.

Example - "I dabble in poetry."

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To ingratiate oneself with somebody

To ingratiate oneself with somebody - to curry favour; to make obvious efforts to gain someone's favours; to kiss up to someone.

Example - "He ingratiated himself with all the guests."

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Monday, December 14, 2015


Scrambler An electronic device that scrambles telecommunication signals to make them unintelligible to anyone without a special receiver.

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Sting - a carefully planned operation, typically one involving deception.

Example - "Five blackmailers were jailed last week after they were snared in a police sting."

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Dead set - firmly decided or determined.

Example - His family was dead set against the marriage.

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To tamper

To tamper - to interfere with, in order to cause damage or make unauthorized alterations.

Example - "Someone tampered with the brakes of my car."

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Turncoat - a person who shifts allegiance from one loyalty or ideal to another, betraying or deserting an original cause by switching to the opposing side or party.

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Nark - a police informer.

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Sullen - bad-tempered and sulky.

Example - "He's got a sullen teenager daughter who does not respect anyone at all."

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Friday, December 11, 2015


Inscrutable - impossible to comprehend.

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Liability - a person or thing whose behaviour or presence is likely to put one at a disadvantage; risk, burden.

Example - "I don't want to be a liability to you."

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To bench

To bench - to withdraw someone from something.

Example - "Peter's benched me."

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Savant - a learned person, especially a distinguished scientist.

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To wallow in

To wallow in - to experience an abundance of something; to indulge in an unrestrained way.

Example - They are just wallowing in money.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

To deal in

To deal in - to buy and sell particular goods as a business.

Example - "They mainly deal in rare books."

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To face up to

To face up to - to accept that a difficult situation exists.

Example - "She's going to have to face up to the fact that he's not going to marry her."

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To weed out

To weed out - to remove something unwanted or undesirable from a group or collection.

Example - "We had to weed the less productive workers out one by one."

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As right as rain

As right as rain - perfectly fine; in good health condition.

Example - "He was very ill but he is as right as rain now."

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To be snowed under with

To be snowed under with - to have so much work to do that you have problems dealing with it all.

Example - "I am absolutely snowed under with work at the moment."

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Swanky - very posh

Example - "We stayed in a swanky hotel in the Upper East Side."

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To shell out

To shell out - to spend a certain amount of money.

Example - "I'm not going to shell out 400 pounds for that!"

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Treason - the crime of showing no loyalty to your country, especially by helping its enemies or trying to defeat its government.

Example - "In 1606, Guy Fawkes was executed for treason."

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Shill - someone who helps another person to persuade people to buy something, especially pretending to be a satisfied customer.

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Reprieve - to stop or delay the punishment, especially by death, of a prisoner.

Example - "He was ​sentenced to ​death but was granted a ​last-minute reprieve.."

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Smarmy - showing a lot of respect in a way that is regarded as insincere or excessive.

Example - She was trying to be friendly but she just seemed smarmy.

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Mole - a spy.

Example - "A well-placed mole was feeding them the names of operatives."

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Digs - lodgings, rooms.

Example - "Nice digs, Peter!"

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

To bequeath

To bequeath - to leave or give personal property by will.

Example - "She bequeathed her half of the company to her niece."

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To conscript

To conscript - to enlist someone compulsorily, typically into the armed services.

Example - "They were conscripted into the army."

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To get wind of

To get wind of- to hear a rumour of; to learn a piece of information, especially when it has been a secret.

Example - "We have a crisis on our hands and don't want the press to get wind of it."

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Subpoena - a request for the production of documents, or a request to appear in court or other legal proceeding.

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To be on a clock

To be on a clock = to be working.

Example - "Could you hurry? I am kind of on a clock here."

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At the risk of sounding immodest

At the risk of sounding immodest - used to introduce statements where the speaker praises himself; modesty aside.

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Monday, December 7, 2015


Tantalizing - exciting the senses or desires of someone.

Example - "She still tantalized him"

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To make headway

To make headway - to advance; to make progress.

Example - " We haven't made any headway with this project."

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To have someone pegged

To have someone pegged - to think of someone in a certain way.

Example - "I had you pegged as an angry rebel before I got to know you."

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To simmer

To simmer - to cook at or just below boiling point.

Example - "Simmer the ingredients in water for 5 minutes."

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