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Utterance (n)

Formal - something that someone says


Toddler (n)

A young child, especially one who is learning or has recently learned to walk


Communicative abilities



Pester (v)

To behave in an annoying manner towards someone by doing or asking for something repeatedly.

At the frontier, there were people pestering tourists for cigarettes, food or alcohol.

[+ to infinitive] John has been pestering her to go out with him all month.


Weigh sth up

To think carefully about the advantages or disadvantages of a situation before making a decision.

I'm weighing up my options before I decide to apply for the job.


Reporting verbs + ing form

Admit, deny, mention, propose, recommend, regret, report, suggest.


Reporting verbs + object + preposition + object/genitive + ing form

Accuse sb of, apologise (to sb) about, apologise for, blame sb for, complain (to sb) about, comment on, confess to , insist on, object to.

He confessed to stealing the money.
They insisted on me/my going with him.
They accused me of telling a lie.


Butter someone up

Say nice things to someone, so that they will do what you want.


Take something with a pinch of salt

Be careful because sth might not be true


To go pear-shaped

Used to describe situation where everything goes completely wrong.
ps.: pear-shaped is also used to describe unfit people.


Reassure (v)

To comfort someone and stop them from worrying.


Attract attention
Catch imagination

e.g.: When I was child, modelling didn't catch my imagination.
Her clothes always attract a lot of attention.


Make ends meet

(Indian English make both ends meet) to have just enough money to pay for the things that you need.


Thrilled (adj)

Extremely pleased.
e.g.: [+ that] I was thrilled that so many people turned up to the party.


Thrilled to bits

Extremely pleased (informal).
e.g.: She was thrilled to bits with her present.


Catwalk (n)

> The long, narrow stage that models walk along in a fashion show
> A narrow path, raised above the ground, often built for workers to walk on outside a building that is being built or repaired


Outrageous (adj)

> Shocking and morally unacceptable
> Used to describe something or someone that is shocking because they are unusual or strange


Outfit (n)

A set of clothes worn for a particular occasion or activity.


Praise (n)

Things that you say that express your admiration and approval for someone or something.


Conducive (adj)

Providing the right conditions for something good to happen or exist.
e.g.: Such a noisy environment was not conducive to a good night's sleep.
This is a more conducive atmosphere for studying.


Giggle (v)

To laugh repeatedly in a quiet but uncontrolled way, often at something silly or rude or when you are nervous.

To be giggled about sth.


To breath down sb`s neck

Jessica said she wants her daughters to be independent; she won't breath down their necks.


Gimmick (n) - mainly disapprovement

Something that is not serious or of real value that is used to attract people's attention or interest temporarily, especially to make them buy something.
e.g.: a publicity gimmick
They give away free gifts with children's meals as a sales/marketing gimmick.

Gimmicky (adj)
e.g.: gimmicky foods/fashions


Bandwagon (n)

An activity, group, movement, etc. that has become successful or fashionable and so attracts many new people.
e.g.: a bandwagon effect.


Jump/climb/get on the bandwagon

To become involved in an activity that is successful so that you can get the advantages of it yourself.
e.g.: The success of the product led many firms to try to jump on the bandwagon.


Crave (v)

To have a strong feeling of wanting something.
e.g.: Many young children crave attention.


Turn out (ph. verb)

> To happen in a particular way or to have a particular result, especially an unexpected one.
> To be known or discovered finally and surprisingly


Daylight robbery (n - informal)

A situation in which you have to pay far too much money for something.


Flared (adj)

Becoming wider at one end.
e.g.: Flared trousers


Casualty (n)

> A person injured or killed in a serious accident or war.
> A person or thing that suffers as a result of something else happening.
> UK ( US emergency room) the part of a hospital where people who are hurt in accidents or suddenly become ill are taken for urgent treatment.