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1531

The police are launching a new crime ........ programme in our area. (PREVENT)

Prevention

1532

The accident was easily ........ and should not have happened. (PREVENT)

Preventable

1533

A decision was made to wind ........ the business as it was very close to being bankrupt.

Up
Wind sth up: to close down a business or organisation.

1534

Have there been any ........ developments in the discussions today?

Significant

1535

Politically, it was a minor event and regarded as being of relative .........

Insignificance

1536

Share prices have risen ........ on today's markets and further dramatic increases are expected tomorrow.

Significantly

1537

1. The experiment was a complete failure and they had to go back to the drawing ........
2. Changes to the workforce are far-reaching and will be felt across the .........
3. All the passengers were told to get on ........ the ship and prepare for departure.

Board
Go back to the drawing board: to start planning something again because the first plan failed

1538

Take a leaf out of sb's book

To ​copy something that someone ​else does because it will ​bring you ​advantages:
Maybe I should take a leaf out of Rick's ​book and ​start coming in early every ​morning.

1539

Flesh and blood

Someone from ​your ​family:
I was ​surprised at how much I ​cared for this ​girl who wasn't ​even my flesh and blood.

1540

There has been a ........ of protests following the election results and many leading figures are demanding a recount.

Wave
A 'wave of protests' are wide-ranging protests.

1541

One thing that has always helped the party is the fact that the Prime Minister has the ........ touch with ordinary people.

Common
If someone in power 'has the common touch' they are able to communicate with ordinary people well.

1542

OK, now here's your chance to ........ your vote. All those in favour raise your hand.

Cast
To 'cast your vote' means to vote.

1543

I was able to ........ on some of my savings to pay for the holiday.

Draw
To make use of something that is in reserve or saved

1544

The ........ on TV said the game was very exciting but I didn't enjoy it all. (COMMENT)

Commentator

1545

You don't have to give me a ........ of everything she said. I get the picture. (COMMENT)

Commentary

1546

I'm being sent to the competition to ........ on the opening game. (COMMENT)

Commentate

1547

The way they play their music so loud is really ........ my patience.

Testing

1548

His research is expected to ........ the foundations for future work in this area.

Lay (PUT DOWN)
C1 [T usually + adv/prep] to put something in ​especially a ​flat or ​horizontal ​position, usually ​carefully or for a ​particular ​purpose:
She laid the ​baby on the ​bed.
He laid the ​tray down on the ​table.
She laid ​aside her ​book and went to ​answer the ​phone.
We're having a new ​carpet laid in the ​hall next ​week.
The ​plan is to lay (= ​build) the ​foundations for the new ​apartments in ​October.

1549

The army uniform is designed so that the soldiers ........ in with their surroundings.

Blend

1550

The latest statistics show that a woman is expected to ........ her husband by 5.2 years. (LIVE)

Outlive

1551

The children next door are known throughout the area for their ........ and rowdy behaviour. (LIVE)

Liveliness

1552

When the victim gave evidence in court he had to ......... the awful events of the night he was attacked. (LIVE)

Relive

1553

1. The law came into ........ after the new government was elected.
2. My boss is very successful; everyone says she's a ........ to be reckoned with.
3. The ........ of the bomb blast destroyed many of the buildings.

Force
C2 (of ​laws, ​rules, or ​systems) ​existing and being used:
New ​driving ​regulations are going to come into force this ​year.

A force to be reckoned with
C2 If an ​organization or a ​person is ​described as a force to be ​reckoned with, it ​means that they are ​powerful and have a lot of ​influence:
The United Nations is now a force to be ​reckoned with.

1554

Madhouse (n)

[Informal disapproving] A ​place where there is no ​order and ​control:
With four ​small ​children ​running around, the ​place is a madhouse.
He called the government's ​policy "the ​economics of the madhouse".

1555

The boss comes across as a bit distant and is difficult to talk to but his heart is in the right .........

Place
If someone is described as having their 'heart in the right place' they are basically kind and their intentions are good.

1556

Don't worry about Ken. I know he shouts and orders people around but his ........ is worse than his bite.

Bark
If someone's 'bark is worse than their bite' they seem more aggressive than is actually the case.

1557

I love working with Miriam. She's always cheerful and a real ........ of sunshine.

Ray
If someone is 'a ray of sunshine' they make you feel happy and optimistic.

1558

Order sb around
disapproving (UK also order sb about)

To ​tell someone what they should do in an ​unpleasant or ​forceful way, ​especially ​repeatedly:
You can't just come in here and ​start ​ordering ​people around.

1559

Coat noun [C] (COVER)

A ​layer of a ​substance, ​especially ​paint, that ​covers something:
I'll give the ​walls a ​quick coat of ​paint.
Two coats of ​varnish

1560

Varnish (n)

A ​liquid that is ​painted onto ​wood or ​paintings to ​protect the ​surface, or the hard ​shiny ​surface it ​produces when it ​dries:
Polyurethane varnish ​provides a ​tough, scratch-resistant ​finish.
A ​final ​coat of (​clear) varnish