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resort
to do something that you do not want to do because you cannot find any other way of achieving something >I'm sorry I ------ed to calling you jackass just now, but I'm very upset!
puddle
a small pool of liquid on the ground, especially from rain
hail
to call someone in order to attract their attention >Shall we ---- a taxi?
mansion
a very large expensive house >The street is lined with enormous -------s where the rich and famous live.
kerb, curb
the edge of a raised path nearest the road
tentative
(of a plan or idea) not certain or agreed, or (of a suggestion or action) said or done in a careful but uncertain way because you do not know if you are right >I have made ------- plans to take a trip to Seattle in July.
trap
a mouth >Oh, shut your ---- (= stop talking) - I'm bored of listening to you!
tick
a very short time >Hold on/Hang on a ---- - I'm not quite ready
dig
to like or understand something >You --- my meaning, man?
relate to
to understand someone and be able to have a friendly relationship with them >Many parents find it hard to -------- -- their children when they are teenagers.
crotch
the part of your body where your legs join at the top, or the part of trousers or underwear which covers this area
stand-up
describes comedy performed by a single person telling jokes >--------- comedy
shrug
to raise your shoulders and then lower them in order to express a lack of knowledge or interest >"Where's Dad?" "How should I know?" replied my brother, -------ing.
growl
to make a low rough sound, usually in anger >The dog ------ed at her and snapped at her ankles.
siren
a device for making a loud warning noise >In big cities you hear police -----s all the time.
caring
describes someone who is kind and gives emotional support to others >I've always thought of Jo as a very ------ person.
enunciate
to state and explain a plan or principle clearly or formally >In the speech, the leader --------ed his party's proposals for tax reform.
exasperated
annoyed >He's becoming increasingly ---------ed with the situation.
dire
INFORMAL very bad >I'm afraid our situation is ----.
duo
a pair, especially of singers, musicians or other performers >the comedy ---- Laurel and Hardy
mill around(about)
If a group of people mill around, they move about with no particular purpose or in no fixed direction, sometimes while waiting for someone >In the village square, people were -----ing -----in the sunshine.
sneak
to go somewhere secretly, or to take someone or something somewhere secretly >He said my dad was gonna ----- into my room naked one night and beat me up.
commotion
a sudden short period of noise, confusion or excited movement >His arrival caused quite a ---------.
nut
a person who is mentally ill or who behaves in a very foolish or stupid or strange way >What kind of --- would leave a car on a railway track?
splash
If a liquid splashes or if you splash a liquid, it falls on or hits something or someone >She --------ed her face with cold water.
hood
part of a piece of clothing which can be pulled up to cover the top and back of the head >The coat has a detachable -----.
fluke
something good that has happened that is the result of chance instead of skill or planning >The first goal was just a ------.
indignant
angry because of something which is wrong or not fair >She wrote an ------- letter to the paper complaining about the council's action.
seethe
to feel very angry but to be unable or unwilling to express it clearly >The class positively -------ed with indignation when Julia won the award.
renege
to fail to keep a promise or an agreement, etc >If you ------- on the deal now, I'll fight you in the courts.
protean
easily and continually changing;variable >the ------- talents of this comedian
hard-won
If something is hard-won, it was only achieved after a lot of effort >a ------- battle
grueling
extremely tiring and difficult, and demanding great effort and determination >Junior doctors often have to work a -------- 100-hour week.
gruel
a cheap simple food made especially in the past by boiling oats with water or milk
grudge
a strong feeling of anger and dislike for a person who you feel has treated you badly, which often lasts for a long time >I don't bear any ------- against you.
emeritus
no longer having a position, especially in a college or university, but keeping the title of the position >She became -------- Professor of Linguistics when she retired.
embellish
to make something more beautiful or interesting by adding something to it >The ceiling was --------ed with flowers and leaves.
murmur
to speak or say very quietly >He was --------ing to himself.
narcotics
illegal drug such as heroin or cocaine >He faces three years in jail for selling -------.
baton, nightstick
a thick heavy stick used as a weapon by police officers
marijuana
a usually illegal drug made from the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, which produces a feeling of pleasant relaxation if smoked or eaten
the fray
an energetic and often not well organized effort, activity, fight or disagreement >With a third country about to enter (= take part in) --------, the fighting looks set to continue.
bloke
a man, often one who is considered to be ordinary >He's a funny (sort of) -----.
haemorrhage
a sudden or serious loss >The higher salaries paid overseas have caused a ------------ of talent from this country.
devour
to eat something eagerly and in large amounts so that nothing is left >The young cubs hungrily ------ed the deer.
intrigue
to interest someone a lot, especially by being strange, unusual or mysterious >Throughout history, people have been ------ed by the question of whether there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.
recur
to happen many times or to happen again >The theme of freedom -----s throughout her writing.
lament
to express sadness and regret about >My grandmother, as usual, -------ed the decline in moral standards in today's society.
adrenaline
a hormone produced by the body when you are frightened, angry or excited, which makes the heart beat faster and prepares the body to react to danger >These arguments always get my -------- going (= make me excited or angry)
choppy
(of sea, lakes or rivers) with lots of small, rough waves caused by the wind >----- waters
treacherous
If the ground or sea is -----------, it is extremely dangerous, especially because of bad weather conditions >Snow and ice have left many roads ----------, and motorists are warned to drive slowly.
rappel
to go down a very steep slope by holding on to a rope which is fastened to the top of the slope >She ------ed down the rock face.
mollusk
any animal which has a soft body, no spine and is often covered with a shell. Many ----uscs live in water >Oysters are ------s, as are snails and cuttlefish.
frigid
(of weather conditions or the conditions in a room) extremely cold >Few plants can grow in such a ------ environment.
muse
to think about something carefully and for a long time >I began to ---- about/on the possibility of starting my own business.
pussyfoot
to avoid making a decision or expressing an opinion because you are uncertain or frightened about doing so >Stop -------ing around/about and tell me what you really think.
protagonist
one of the main characters in a story or a play
myriad
a very large number of something >And now ------s of bars and hotels are opening up along the coast.
flock
to move or gather together in large numbers >Hundreds of people -----ed to the football match.
rest on your laurels
to be satisfied with your achievements and not to make an effort to do anything else >Just because you've got your degree doesn't mean you can ----- -- your ------.
ferocious
fierce and violent >She's got a -------- (= very bad) temper.
sporadic
happening irregularly; not regular or continuous >More than 100 people have been killed this year in ------- outbursts of ethnic violence.
beige
(of) a pale creamy brown colour
glossy
smooth and shiny >She has wonderfully ------ hair.a dog with a ----- coat.
name-calling
when someone insults someone else by calling them rude names
cynical
describes a tendency to use someone's feelings or emotions to your own advantage >It is ------ to declare that the war is lost because you believe it gives you political advantage
rhetoric
speech or writing which is intended to be effective and persuasive >How far the president will be able to translate his campaign ------- into action remains to be seen.
caucus
in the US, a meeting held to decide which candidate a political group will support in an election
foray
a short visit, especially with a known purpose >I made a quick ----- into town before lunch to get my sister a present.
remnant
a small piece or amount of something that is left from a larger original piece or amount >the -------s of last night's meal
wipe out
to destroy something completely >Whole villages were -----ed ---- in the fighting.
secede
to become independent of a country or area of government >There is likely to be civil war if the region tries to ----- from the south.
wobble
to be uncertain what to do or to change frequently between two opinions >The government can't afford to ------ on this issue.
conceivable
possible to imagine or to believe >It's just --------- (= possible although difficult to imagine) (that) the hospital made a mistake.
faint
not strong or clear; slight >a ----- sound/noise/smell.The lamp gave out a ------ glow.
plunge
to (cause someone or something to) move or fall suddenly and often a long way forward, down or into something >We ran down to the beach and -------ed into the sea.The car went out of control and -------ed over the cliff.
thrilled
extremely pleased >I was -------- that so many people turned up to the party.
conceive
to become pregnant, or to cause a baby to begin to form >The baby was --------ed in March, so will be born in December.
canvass
to try to discover information or opinions by asking people >The survey ----------ed reaction to a wide range of popular games.
vigilant
always being careful to notice things, especially possible danger >Following the bomb scare at the airport, the staff have been warned to be extra --------.
concede
to admit, often unwillingly, that something is true >"Well okay, perhaps I was a little hard on her, " he -------ed.
desensitize
to cause someone to experience something, usually an emotion or a pain, less strongly than before >Seeing too much violence on television can -------- people to it.
exhailarating
making you feel very excited and happy >an ----------- walk in the mountains
barbarian
DISAPPROVING a person with little education who has no interest in art and culture >How can you call those ---------s your friends?
stubble
the short hair which grows on a man's face if he has not cut the hair for a few days >With the back of his hand, he rubbed the ------ on his chin.
pinnacle
a small pointed tower on top of a building, or the top part of a mountain >The ---------s of the Himalayas were visible above the clouds.
guzzle
to eat or drink quickly, eagerly and usually in large amounts >You're bound to get indigestion if you ------ like that!
bolster
to support or improve something or make it stronger >More money is needed to ------ the industry.
blockbuster
a book or film that is very successful, especially because of its exciting contents >a ---------- movie/novel
wary
not completely trusting or certain about something or someone >I'm a bit ------ of/about giving people my address when I don't know them very well
tepid
describes a reaction which is not enthusiastic >I got a ------ response to my suggestion that we should start work earlier.
unorthodox
different from what is usual or expected in behaviour, ideas, methods, etc >Steiner was recognized as an original if -------- thinker.
cuddle
to put your arms around someone and hold them in a loving way, or (of two people) to hold each other close for affection or comfort >She ------ed the baby and eventually it stopped crying.
bleed
to lose blood >He was ----ing heavily.
usher in
to be at the start of a new period, especially when important changes or new things happen, or to cause important changes to start happening >Yesterday's match between Arsenal and Spurs ------ --- the start of the new football season.
shush
used to tell someone to be quiet >------! I want to listen to the news.