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1441

Of course I know it's Steve's birthday. Credit me ___ some sense!

With
To believe that someone has a quality

1442

She was a wonderful tennis player and won the women's ___ 3 years in a row. (SINGLE)

Singles

1443

Don't bother buying a whole pack. They sell them ___
(SINGLE)

Singly

1444

Once she decides to do something she works towards it in a very ___ fashion. (SINGLE)

Single-minded

1445

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.

Line

1446

I've decided I'm going to ___ out on a new car. My old one is always going wrong.

Splash
To spend a lot of money on something (often a luxury)

1447

Can't you think of anything more ___ to say than that? You're not helping at all. (CONSTRUCT)

Constructive

1448

There are plans to ___ the damaged building and return it to its former glory. (CONSTRUCT)

Reconstruct

1449

After spending several years working in the ___industry, he decided to have a change of career. (CONSTRUCT)

Construction

1450

His family ___ a major role in his decision to leave work and open up his own business.

Played

1451

I really do feel that the TV networks are ___ down the news. Most of the features are so trivial.

Dumbing

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.

1452

The student received ___ about a possible career from the college's student services department. (GUIDE)

Guidance

1453

There are strict ___ on what to do in case of an emergency. (GUIDE)

Guidelines

1454

Her parents' negative attitude towards her friends was completely ___ as they were all very nice people. (GUIDE)

Misguided

1455

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.

Note

1456

Haste makes waste

Acting too quickly may actually slow things down

1457

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

1458

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

1459

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

1460

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

1461

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

1462

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.

1463

She must be rather insecure as every time I talk to her about work she always ___ her colleagues down.

Runs
[Informal] To make someone feel silly or not important by criticizing them.

1464

Druggie (n) [Informal]

A person who often uses illegal drugs

1465

The Government are facing ___ from the trade unions over their plans to privatise the industry. (RESIST)

Resistance

1466

Scientists are working on a drug that will make people more ___ to the common cold. (RESIST)

Resistant

1467

The more he tried to forget her the more ___ she became. He just couldn't get her out of his mind. (RESIST)

Irresistible

1468

The opening page ___ the scene and then the action starts almost immediately.

Sets

1469

Have you heard? Danny's ___ his car off in an accident. Fortunately he wasn't hurt but the car is a wreck.

Written
To be damaged beyond repair

1470

It was a bit ___ of you to expect them to invite you to the wedding ceremony. (PRESUME)

Presumptuous
A person who is presumptuous shows little respect for others by doing things they have no right to do:
It would be presumptuous of me to comment on the matter.
Presumptuously (adv)
Presumptuousness (n) (formal presumption)