Flashcards in 03 Deck (14)
offensive, rude or shocking, usually because too obviously related to sex or showing sex
In the raid, police found several boxes of obscene videotapes.
He was jailed for making obscene phone calls (= ones in which unwanted sexual suggestions were made to the listener).
› morally wrong, often describing something that is wrong because it is too large
to make obscene profits
The salaries some company directors earn are obscene.
to balance one influence against an opposing influence, so that there is no great difference as a result
The extra cost of travelling to work is offset by the lower price of houses here.
UK He keeps his petrol receipts because petrol is one of the expenses that he can offset against tax (= can show to the government as being a business cost, and so not pay tax).
› to pay for things that will reduce carbon in order to reduce the damage caused by carbon that you produce
We offset all our long-haul flights.
preventing light from travelling through, and therefore not transparent or translucent
› formal describes writing or speech that is difficult to understand
I find her poetry rather opaque.
the act of making something as good as possible:
someone whose job is examining people's eyes and selling glasses or contact lenses to correct sight problems
a law or rule made by a government or authority
City Ordinance 126 forbids car parking in this area.
at the greatest distance from the centre
These spacecraft may send back data about the outermost reaches of the solar system.
a short trip, taken for pleasure or entertainment:
a family outing
an outing to the beach
at the outset
the start or beginning:
From the outset we planned to conduct our research together.
[I or T] to cover something partly by going over its edge; to cover part of the same space
The fence is made of panels which overlap (each other).
› [I] If two or more activities, subjects or periods of time overlap, they have some parts which are the same
My musical tastes don't overlap with my brother's at all.
The overlapping slates of the roofs in the mountain village resembled fish scales.
The word has two separate but overlapping meanings (= parts of the meanings are the same).
If a substance oxidizes, it combines with oxygen and loses hydrogen to form another substance, and if something oxidizes a substance, it causes it to do this.
Iron oxidizes to form rust.
When you heat fat, it oxidizes easily.
› If a chemical element oxidizes, it loses electrons (= very small pieces of matter with negative electrical charge) and if you oxidize it, you cause it to do this.
stake sth out
to watch a place continuously in order to catch criminals or to see a famous person
The police staked out the hotel where the two terrorists were reported to be staying.
go along with sth/sb
to support an idea, or to agree with someone's opinion
Kate's already agreed, but it's going to be harder persuading Mike to go along with it.