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weld A and B (together)| ~ A (on) to B
to join pieces of metal together by heating their edges and pressing them together: to weld a broken axle The car has had a new wing welded on. All the parts of the sculpture have to be welded together.
squabble ~ (with sb) (about / over sth)
to quarrel noisily about sth that is not very important: My sisters were squabbling over what to watch on TV. family squabbles There were endless squabbles over who should sit where.
penchant ~ for sth
a special liking for sth: She has a penchant for champagne.
to produce more saliva in your mouth than usual, especially when you see or smell food: (figurative) He was salivating over the thought of the million dollars.
prerequisite (for / of / to sth)
something that must exist or happen before sth else can happen or be done: A degree is an essential prerequisite for employment at this level. Flexibility of approach is an important prerequisite to successful learning.
scrawny (of people or animals)
very thin in a way that is not attractive: He had long scrawny fingers. There were a few scrawny chickens in the yard.
swamp (verb)
[often passive]
1 ~ sb/sth (with sth) to make sb have more of sth than they can deal with (inundate): The department was swamped with job applications. In summer visitors swamp the island.
2 to fill or cover sth with a lot of water: The little boat was swamped by the waves.
1 a small part in a film/movie or play for a famous actor: a cameo role / appearance
2 a short piece of writing that gives a good description of sb/sth
3 a piece of jewellery that consists of a raised design, often of a head, on a background of a different colour: a cameo brooch / ring
total (verb)
to damage a car very badly, so that is not worth repairing it
1 to make a loud noise while you are drinking sth: He was slurping his tea. She slurped noisily from her cup.
2 to make a noise like this: The water slurped in the tank.
to make an action or a process possible or easier: The new trade agreement should facilitate more rapid economic growth. Structured teaching facilitates learning.
devoid ~ of sth
completely lacking in sth: The letter was devoid of warmth and feeling.
slow or unwilling to understand sth: Are you being deliberately obtuse? Perhaps I'm being obtuse, but what has all this got to do with me?
barrage ~ (of sth)
1 the continuous firing of a large number of guns in a particular direction, especially to protect soldiers while they are attacking or moving towards the enemy: an artillery barrage from at least 1 000 guns
2 a large number of sth, such as questions or comments, that are directed at sb very quickly, one after the other, often in an aggressive way: a barrage of questions / criticisms / complaints the media's barrage of attacks on the President's wife
3 a wall or barrier built across a river to store water, prevent a flood, etc.
compartmentalize sth (into sth)
to divide sth into separate sections, especially so that one thing does not affect the other: Life today is rigidly compartmentalized into work and leisure.
to sit or stand with one of your legs on either side of sb/sth: He swung his leg over the motorcycle, straddling it easily.
an extremely large number of sth: Designs are available in a myriad of colours.
adj. not genuine but intended to seem real (false): a sham marriage
verb to pretend sth: Is he really sick or is he just shamming?
the careful examination of your own thoughts, feelings and reasons for behaving in a particular way: These situations are best resolved with the minimum of introspection or self-analysis.
ravage [usually passive]
to badly damage sth: a country ravaged by civil war a recession that has ravaged the textile industry