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Mouthpiece (n)

The part of the phone that you speak into

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Somebody from the audience shouted out, and the speaker was forced to stop in ____ (in the middle of).

Mid-sentence

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Lengthy

Continuing for a long time:
A lengthy discussion/process
Many airline passengers face lengthy delays because of the strike.

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Wide
High
Strength

Width
Height
Strengthen/Strengthening

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Be plain sailing
UK ( US also be smooth sailing)

To be easy and without problems:
The roads were busy as we drove out of town, but after that it was plain sailing.

426

Dead air

A period of silence during a radio or television broadcast that is not intended

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Nod (v)

To move your head down and then up, sometimes several times, especially to show agreement, approval, or greeting, or to show something by doing this:
Many people in the audience nodded in agreement.
When I suggested a walk, Elena nodded enthusiastically.
She looked up and nodded for me to come in.

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In excess of

More than:
Last year he earned in excess of $3 million.
The Fund will not borrow money in excess of one-third of the value of its net assets.

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Ingenious (adj)

(of a person) very intelligent and skilful, or (of a thing) skilfully made or planned and involving new ideas and methods:
an ingenious idea/method/solution
Johnny is so ingenious - he can make the most remarkable sculptures from the most ordinary materials.

Ingeniously (adv)

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Fall through

To fail to happen:
We found a buyer for our house, but then the sale fell through.

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Hint (n)

Something that you say or do that shows, but not directly, what you think or want:
[+ that] He's dropped (= given) several hints to the boss that he'll quit if he doesn't get a promotion.
Did she give you any hints about where she was going?
You can't take (= understand) a hint, can you? Just go away and leave me alone!

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Hobbyist (n)

Someone who does something as a hobby:
A computer hobbyist

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Give sth off

To produce heat, light, a smell, or a gas:
That tiny radiator doesn't give off much heat.

434

Stretch out (v)

To make a process or task continue for a longer period of time than was originally planned:
I'd like to stretch my mortgage payments out over a longer period if possible.

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Withstand (v)

To bear or not be changed by something, or to oppose a person or thing successfully:
a bridge designed to withstand earthquakes
Our toys are designed to withstand the rough treatment of the average five-year-old.
The aircraft base is protected with specially designed shelters which are built to withstand ground and air attacks.
She is an artist whose work will undoubtedly withstand the test of time (= it will still be popular in the future).

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Take sb/sth to task (over sth)

To criticize a person, group of people, or an organization for doing something that you think is very wrong:
Farmers took the large supermarket chains to task over their ruthless pricing.

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Scare sb away/off

To make someone so worried about doing something that they decide not to do it:
If you charge as much as that, you'll scare customers off.

438

Put sb away

› Informal - To move someone into a place where people live and are cared for together, such as a mental hospital or old people's home:
In the past, people who suffered from schizophrenia were often put away.
› Slang - To send someone to prison:
After what he did, he deserves to be put away for life.

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Withhold (v)

To refuse to give something or to keep back something:
to withhold information/support
During the trial, the prosecution was accused of withholding crucial evidence from the defence.
Police are withholding the dead woman's name until her relatives have been informed.
She withheld her rent until the landlord agreed to have the repairs done.
The government is planning to withhold benefit payments from single mothers who refuse to name the father of their child.

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Cotton on

To begin to understand a situation or fact:
I'd only just cottoned on to the fact that they were having a relationship.

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Stand out

> To be very noticeable:
The black lettering really stands out on that orange background.

> To be much better than other similar things or people:
We had lots of good applicants for the job, but one stood out from the rest.

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Newsworthy (adj)

Interesting enough to be described in a news report:
Nothing newsworthy ever happens around here. It's so boring.

443

Stride (v)

To walk somewhere quickly with long steps:
She strode purposefully up to the desk and demanded to speak to the manager.
He strode across/into/out of the room.

444

Trudge

To walk slowly with a lot of effort, especially over a difficult surface or while carrying something heavy:
We trudged back up the hill.
I'd had to trudge through the snow.

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Trudge through sth [humorous]

To do work or a particular task slowly and with effort or difficulty:
I spent the whole weekend trudging through this report, and I still haven't finished reading it.

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Apply yourself

If you apply yourself to something, you work hard at it, directing your abilities and efforts in a determined way so that you succeed:
You can solve any problem if you apply yourself.
...he realised he'd have to apply himself to learning long lists of characters.

447

Archaeological (adj)

Involving or relating to archaeology:
an archaeological dig/excavation
an area/site of archaeological interest
Archaeologically (adv)

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Go against the grain

If something goes against the grain, you would not usually do it because it would be unusual or morally wrong:
These days it goes against the grain to show respect for authority.

449

Deceive (v)

Followed by "into"

To persuade someone that something false is the truth, or to keep the truth hidden from someone for your own advantage:
The company deceived customers by selling old computers as new ones.
The sound of the door closing deceived me into thinking they had gone out.

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Shop around

To compare the price and quality of the same or a similar object in different shops before you decide which one to buy:
When you're buying a flight, you should always shop around for the best deal.