Flashcards in CAE Exam Preparation Deck (1764)
Put yourself in someone’s place (also put yourself in someone’s position/shoes)
To imagine that you are someone in a difficult situation, and imagine how that person feels:
Put yourself in my place – I was scared, and I had nobody to talk to.
(US traffic circle) a place where three or more roads join and traffic must go around a circular area in the middle, rather than straight across
Step into sb's shoes (also fill sb's shoes)
To take someone's place, often by doing the job they have just left:
Who do you think will step into Sarah's shoes when she goes?
US (UK pushchair) a small folding chair on wheels that a baby or small child sits in and is pushed around in.
Kerb (n) UK [US curb]
The edge of a raised path nearest the road
I'm afraid I've got to leave work early. A problem's ___ up at home that I need to sort
Crop up [informal]: to happen or appear unexpectedly:
Her name keeps cropping up in conversation.
OK. Try and ___ more slowly and calm down. (BREATH)
I must be out of condition. I get ___ just walking up the stairs. (BREATH)
The scenery on holiday was absolutely ___ (BREATH)
The police won't ___ or deny that somebody has been charged with the murder. They will only say that a man is being questioned.
Are you in a bad mood? You've been ___ for an argument all day.
To look for an argument
I'm always on the ___ for bargains when I go shopping for clothes.
My cousin is an Elvis Presley ___ but unfortunately he can't sing a note.
I was hoping for promotion but it would appear that I've been ___ once again.
To fail to notice or consider something or someone:
I think there is one key fact that you have overlooked.
No one will be overlooked in the selection of the team.
1. The film was so gripping that it ___ my interest from start to finish.
2. She once ___ some shares in the company but now they are worthless.
3. Police ___ the man suspected of murder for further questioning.
Very simple, usually small plants that grow in or near water and do not have ordinary leaves or roots
Think sth up
To produce a new idea or plan:
I don't want to go tonight but I can't think up a good excuse.
Expressing a lot of admiration or praise for someone, often too much, in a way that does not sound sincere:
Her new book has received fulsome praise from the critics.
Our guests were fulsome in their compliments about the food.
He thanked her fulsomely for her help.
He realised his speech was going to finish too soon so he had to ___ it out a bit.
Pad sth out: if you pad out a speech or piece of writing, you add unnecessary words or information to make it longer or to hide the fact that you are not saying anything very important.
Did he offer to do the job ........ or did you have to force him? (voluntary)
Some people dislike the idea of military service as it is totally ......... You have no choice whether you do it or not.
She works as a ........ for a local charitable organisation.
I'm going to try ........ a lift to the concert. There's a good spot at the start of the motorway where drivers usually stop.
Hitch a lift/ride [informal]: to get a free ride in someone else's vehicle as a way of travelling:
They hitched a lift to Edinburgh from a passing car.
My parents gave me some money to ........ me over until my grant for university arrived.
Tide sb over (sth): to help someone to work or operate normally through a difficult period, usually by lending them money:
Can you lend me some money to tide me over till the weekend?
Have another piece of cake. It'll tide you over till supper.
She's such a ........ person who can talk to you about virtually any subject you care to mention.
I'm sorry if I caused you any offence but I didn't ........ deceive you.
The teacher gave his colleague a ........ smile when the troublemaker's name was mentioned.
1. It will be such a ........ when our exams are all finished.
2. The doctor prescribed some tablets for ........ from the pain.
3. International ........ agencies are asking for donations to help people living in poverty.
If she doesn't slow down a bit at work she's going to ........ herself out.
To exhaust oneself through too much work