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A maniacal cry or laugh is loud and wild.
>He suddenly exploded into maniacal laughter.
great enthusiasm or eagerness
>a zeal for money-making
1. to give something or someone a particular name, especially describing what you think of it, him, or her
>She was dubbed by the newspapers "the Angel of Death".
2. to change the sounds and speech on a film or television programme, especially to a different language
>I'd rather watch a movie with subtitles than one dubbed into English.
>To conceal his identity, the man's voice has been dubbed over (= an actor speaks his words).
a heavy vehicle with a large blade in front, used for pushing earth and stones away and for making areas of ground flat at the same time
1. an opening or a device that allows fresh air to come into a closed space
2. a machine that helps people breathe correctly by allowing air to flow in and out of their lungs
>He was brought into intensive care shortly after the accident and immediately put on a ventilator.
a long, angry, and confused speech
>The minister's speech descended into a rant against his political opponents.
to speak or shout in a loud, uncontrolled, or angry way, often saying confused or silly things
>He's always ranting (on) about the government.
>I get fed up with my mother ranting and raving (about my clothes) all the time.
yearning for (n.)
a strong feeling of wishing for something, especially something that you cannot have or get easily
>I suppose it's because I live in a city that I have this yearning for open spaces.
to make a record or give details of something
>The book chronicles the writer's coming to terms with his illness.
chronicle (n.) 2
1. a written record of historical events
>the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
>a chronicle of the French Revolution
2. part of the name of a newspaper
>the Hampshire Chronicle
information that is given to someone just before they do something, or a meeting where this happens
>They received thorough briefing before they left the country.
>We had to attend a briefing once a month.
to gradually change, or change someone or something, from one thing to another:
>When someone brings up politics at a party, a casual conversation can quickly morph into an ugly argument.
>He grew up watching his elder brother Joe morph from a difficult child to a drug addict.
>She claims the media and society make a person try to morph their body into an unnatural size or weight.
a dislike of something that you find unpleasant or unacceptable
>His distaste for publicity of any sort is well known.
>She looked at the advertisement with distaste before walking quickly on.
careful and controlled, or not fast
>Her response to their criticism was calm and measured.
to contact someone by making a phone call, short visit, etc., usually in order to make sure there are no problems or to tell them that there are no problems
>My son checks in regularly with me when he's travelling.
a psychiatrist or psychoanalyst
>I was so depressed that I ended up going to see a shrink.
>We got stir-crazy when we were cooped up preparing for our final exams. 我們關在家中準備期末考時都快瘋了。
>In jail, the prisoners get stir-crazy during the spring and summer. 在監獄中，犯人到了春夏就被關得快發瘋了。
canary in a coal mine
An allusion to caged canaries (birds) that miners would carry down into the mine tunnels with them. If dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide collected in the mine, the gases would kill the canary before killing the miners, thus providing a warning to exit the tunnels immediately.
(idiomatic) Something whose sensitivity to adverse conditions makes it a useful early indicator of such conditions; something which warns of the coming of greater danger or trouble by a deterioration in its health or welfare.
>“New York is the canary in the coal mine,” he said during one of his passionate televised pleas for the president to provide more ventilators.
epidemic (n.) 2
1. the appearance of a particular disease in a large number of people at the same time
>a flu epidemic
2. a particular problem that seriously affects many people at the same time
a crime/unemployment epidemic
(of something unpleasant or dangerous) gradually and secretly causing harm
>High blood pressure is an insidious condition which has few symptoms.
happening a lot and affecting many people
>Poverty in this country has reached epidemic proportions .
>Crime and poverty are epidemic in the city.
closure (n.) 2
1. [C] the fact of a business, organization, etc. stopping operating
>Many elderly people will be affected by the library closures.
2. [U] the feeling or act of bringing an unpleasant situation, time, or experience to an end, so that you are able to start new activities
>a sense of closure
>to achieve/reach closure
[ T usually passive ]
>This dictionary is designed for advanced learners of English.
>[ + to infinitive ] These measures are designed to reduce pollution.