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Enthralled/to be engrossed ___



Furious ___



Devoted ___



Resentful ___



To harbour resentment ___ sb



To bear resentment ___ sb



Tenderness (n)



Closeness (n)

The quality of knowing someone very well, liking them a lot, and wanting to spend a lot of time together:
A special closeness is supposed to exist between twins.


Scruffy (adj)

Untidy and dirty:
They live in a rather scruffy part of town.
a small, scruffy-looking man
Scruffily (adv)


Join up

If you join up, you become a member of one of the armed forces:
"Have you been in the army for a long time?" "I joined up as soon as I'd left school."


Appraise (v)

To examine someone or something in order to judge their qualities, success, or needs:
At the end of each teaching practice, trainee teachers are asked to appraise their own performance.
In cooperation with other professionals, social workers will appraise the individual's needs.
He coolly appraised the situation, deciding which person would be most likely to succeed.

› US ( Uk value) to give a judgment about how much money something might be sold for:
The ring was appraised at $40,000.

Appraisee (n, p)
Appraisal (n, u)


Single sb/sth out

To choose one person or thing from a group for special attention, especially criticism or praise:
It's not fair the way my sister is always singled out for special treatment.
Jamie was thrilled when the teacher singled out his poem and asked him to read it out.


Foolhardy (adj)

Brave in a silly way, taking unnecessary risks:
a foolhardy decision
Sailing the Atlantic in such a tiny boat wasn't so much brave as foolhardy.
It would be foolhardy to try and predict the outcome of the talks at this stage.


Disruptive (adj)

Causing trouble and therefore stopping something from continuing as usual:
His teacher described him as a noisy, disruptive influence in class.

Disruptively (adv)


Assert (v)

To behave in a way that expresses your confidence, importance, or power and earns you respect from others:
I really must assert myself more in meetings.


Do away with sth

To get rid of something or stop using something:
These ridiculous rules and regulations should have been done away with years ago.
Computerization has enabled us to do away with a lot of paperwork.
How could they do away with a beautiful old building like that and put a car park there instead?


Come away

If something comes away from something else, it becomes separated from it:
I just opened the drawer as usual and the handle came away in my hand.
The paper has started to come away from the walls.


Laid-back (adj)

Relaxed in manner and character; not usually worried about other people's behaviour or things that need to be done:
I've never seen her worried or anxious in any way - she's so laid-back.
A laid-back attitude


Have two left feet (humorous)

To move in a very awkward way when dancing:
When we danced together, I discovered he had two left feet.


Stand on your own (two) feet - Informal

To be able to provide all of the things you need for living without help from anyone else:
She'll have to get a job and learn to stand on her own two feet sooner or later.


To ____ conclusions (collocation)

To consider the facts of a situation and make a decision about what is true, correct, likely to happen, etc.:

I'd seen them together so often, I drew the logical conclusion that they were husband and wife.

What conclusions do you draw from the fact that sales have fallen over the past 4 months?


Out of pocket

If you are 'out of pocket' you have experienced a financial loss.
I sold the bike for almost as much as I paid for it so I'm not out of pocket.


Money's worth

If you 'get your money's worth' you get good value for your money.
I think I got my money's worth by buying the camera online. You'd pay much more in the high street.


Come clean

To tell the truth about something that you have been keeping secret:
I thought it was time to come clean (with everybody) about what I'd been doing.
Whoever stole my body wash better come clean!

Come clean about/on/over: It is time for the Republicans to come clean on their plans for new taxes.

Come clean with: It was time to come clean with my mother.


Cast verb (THROW)

Literary to throw something:
The knight cast the sword far out into the lake.

To cast a spell.
In the story 'Sleeping Beauty' the witch casts a spell on the princess and sends her to sleep for a hundred years.


Spell noun [C] (MAGIC)

Spoken words that are thought to have magical power, or (the condition of being under) the influence or control of such words:
The witch cast/put a spell on the prince and he turned into a frog.
A beautiful girl would have to kiss him to break (= stop) the spell.
Sleeping Beauty lay under the wicked fairy's spell until the prince woke her with a kiss.


Whereby (adv, conj)

>By which way or method:
They've set up a plan whereby you can spread the cost over a period.
We need to devise some sort of system whereby people can liaise with each other.

›Not standard in which, or with which:
It's put me in a position whereby I can't afford to take a job.


Glance (n)

> A quick short look:
She took/cast a glance at her watch.

> At a glance
He could tell at a glance that something was wrong.

> At first glance
When first looking:
At first glance I thought it was a dog (but I was mistaken).


People faced ___ change respond...


This is one of the many problems faced by working mothers.
Passengers could face long delays.
You're faced with a very difficult choice there.


Dissimilar (=different) ___ sth/sb