Flashcards in CAE Exam Preparation Deck (1764)
To generate publicity ___ somebody/sth
To put pressure ___ somebody/sth
Rail workers are trying to put pressure on the government by going on strike
To (make someone) back ___ on sth
To force people to come ___ a compromise ___ sth
To contribute ___ sth
A heavy load that you carry:
The little donkey struggled under its heavy burden.
Something difficult or unpleasant that you have to deal with or worry about:
the burden of responsibility
My elderly mother worries that she's a burden to me.
Buying a house often places a large financial burden on young couples.
Rub shoulders (with)
(US also rub elbows (with)) informal
To meet and spend time with someone:
She claims that she rubs shoulders with royalty all the time.
Bear sb/sth out
To support the truth of something:
His version of events just isn't borne out by the facts.
If you tell them what happened I will bear you out (on it).
Fob sb off
To persuade someone to accept something that is of a low quality or different from what they really wanted:
Well, he wants the report ready by tomorrow but I can always fob him off with some excuse.
Easily hurt by criticism or easily made unhappy
Wear sb down
To make someone feel tired and less able to deal successfully with a situation:
Both sides are trying to wear the other down by being obstinate in the negotiations.
All the stress and extra travel is beginning to wear him down.
Let/blow off steam
To do or say something that helps you to get rid of strong feelings or energy:
He lifts weights after work to let off steam.
Boil down to sth
If a situation or problem boils down to something, that is the main reason for it:
The problem boils down to one thing - lack of money.
Spinach tends to boil down a lot
To start working or studying hard:
You're going to have to really knuckle down (to your work) if you want to pass your final exams.
To gradually start to sleep:
I couldn't help drifting off in the middle of that lecture - it was so boring!
Get sth across
To manage to make someone understand or believe something:
We tried to get our point across, but he just wouldn't listen.
This is the message that we want to get across to the public.
Hear sb out
To listen to someone until said everything they want to say:
At least hear me out before making up your mind.
Splash out (sth)
To spend a lot of money on buying things, especially things that are pleasant to have but that you do not need:
They splashed out £3,000 on a holiday.
Put your thinking cap on
To think seriously about sth
A student who is favoured by the tutor
A person who reads a lot
› Stupid and meaning nothing:
The film is full of mindless violence.
pop songs with mindless lyrics
› Not needing much mental effort:
It's fairly mindless work - opening mail and keying data into a computer.
> Easy to understand or simple:
Just follow the signs to Bradford - it's very straightforward.
> (of a person) Honest and not likely to hide their opinions:
Roz is straightforward and lets you know what she's thinking.
Put sb through
To connect a person using a phone to the person they want to speak to:
Could you put me through to customer services, please?
Get around to sth
To do something that you have intended to do for a long time:
I still haven't got around to fixing that tap.
We need to get around to closing those windows.
Get along with
Means that you have a good relationship with someone. For example:
I get along with my sister very well.
I didn’t use to get along with Jack but now he’s my best friend.
Thief -> theft
Deep -> depth
Broad -> breadth
Choose -> choice
Die -> death
Fly -> flight
Long -> length
Prove -> proof
Strong -> strength
Succeed -> success