Flashcards in CAE Exam Preparation Deck (1764)
Of course I know it's Steve's birthday. Credit me ___ some sense!
To believe that someone has a quality
She was a wonderful tennis player and won the women's ___ 3 years in a row. (SINGLE)
Don't bother buying a whole pack. They sell them ___
Once she decides to do something she works towards it in a very ___ fashion. (SINGLE)
1. The children stood in a neat ___ waiting to go into school.
2. Terry hasn't been selling many products lately and apparently his job is on the ___ .
3. His parents are quite laid back but they draw the ___ at bad language.
I've decided I'm going to ___ out on a new car. My old one is always going wrong.
To spend a lot of money on something (often a luxury)
Can't you think of anything more ___ to say than that? You're not helping at all. (CONSTRUCT)
There are plans to ___ the damaged building and return it to its former glory. (CONSTRUCT)
After spending several years working in the ___industry, he decided to have a change of career. (CONSTRUCT)
His family ___ a major role in his decision to leave work and open up his own business.
I really do feel that the TV networks are ___ down the news. Most of the features are so trivial.
Dumb sth down [informal disapproving]
To make something simpler and easier for people to understand, especially in order to make it more popular:
The media was accused of dumbing down the issue.
The student received ___ about a possible career from the college's student services department. (GUIDE)
There are strict ___ on what to do in case of an emergency. (GUIDE)
Her parents' negative attitude towards her friends was completely ___ as they were all very nice people. (GUIDE)
1. I'll just make a ___ of your name and phone number and I'll get back to you shortly.
2. A few minor TV celebrities were the only people o ___ at the party.
3. I took ___ of everything that was said in the meeting.
Haste makes waste
Acting too quickly may actually slow things down
Better safe than sorry
Said when you think it is best not to take risks even when it seems boring or difficult to be careful
If it ain't broke, don't fix it [informal saying]
Said when you recognize that something is in a satisfactory state, and there is no reason to try to change it
The early bird catches the worm
Said to advise someone that they will have an advantage if they do something immediately or before anyone else does it
With friends like you, who needs enemies? humorous saying
Said to or about someone who says he or she is your friend but who is treating you very badly
A leopard can't/doesn't change its spots saying
Something you say that means a person's character, especially if it is bad, will not change, even if they pretend that it will
Mutton dressed as lamb
A way of describing an older woman who is dressed in a style that is more suitable for a younger woman:
Do you think this dress is too young-looking for me? - I don't want to look like mutton dressed as lamb.
She must be rather insecure as every time I talk to her about work she always ___ her colleagues down.
[Informal] To make someone feel silly or not important by criticizing them.
Druggie (n) [Informal]
A person who often uses illegal drugs
The Government are facing ___ from the trade unions over their plans to privatise the industry. (RESIST)
Scientists are working on a drug that will make people more ___ to the common cold. (RESIST)
The more he tried to forget her the more ___ she became. He just couldn't get her out of his mind. (RESIST)
The opening page ___ the scene and then the action starts almost immediately.
Have you heard? Danny's ___ his car off in an accident. Fortunately he wasn't hurt but the car is a wreck.
To be damaged beyond repair