Flashcards in CAE Exam Preparation Deck (1764)
The police are launching a new crime ........ programme in our area. (PREVENT)
The accident was easily ........ and should not have happened. (PREVENT)
A decision was made to wind ........ the business as it was very close to being bankrupt.
Wind sth up: to close down a business or organisation.
Have there been any ........ developments in the discussions today?
Politically, it was a minor event and regarded as being of relative .........
Share prices have risen ........ on today's markets and further dramatic increases are expected tomorrow.
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.
Go back to the drawing board: to start planning something again because the first plan failed
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.
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.
There has been a ........ of protests following the election results and many leading figures are demanding a recount.
A 'wave of protests' are wide-ranging protests.
One thing that has always helped the party is the fact that the Prime Minister has the ........ touch with ordinary people.
If someone in power 'has the common touch' they are able to communicate with ordinary people well.
OK, now here's your chance to ........ your vote. All those in favour raise your hand.
To 'cast your vote' means to vote.
I was able to ........ on some of my savings to pay for the holiday.
To make use of something that is in reserve or saved
The ........ on TV said the game was very exciting but I didn't enjoy it all. (COMMENT)
You don't have to give me a ........ of everything she said. I get the picture. (COMMENT)
I'm being sent to the competition to ........ on the opening game. (COMMENT)
The way they play their music so loud is really ........ my patience.
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.
The army uniform is designed so that the soldiers ........ in with their surroundings.
The latest statistics show that a woman is expected to ........ her husband by 5.2 years. (LIVE)
The children next door are known throughout the area for their ........ and rowdy behaviour. (LIVE)
When the victim gave evidence in court he had to ......... the awful events of the night he was attacked. (LIVE)
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.
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.
[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".
The boss comes across as a bit distant and is difficult to talk to but his heart is in the right .........
If someone is described as having their 'heart in the right place' they are basically kind and their intentions are good.
Don't worry about Ken. I know he shouts and orders people around but his ........ is worse than his bite.
If someone's 'bark is worse than their bite' they seem more aggressive than is actually the case.
I love working with Miriam. She's always cheerful and a real ........ of sunshine.
If someone is 'a ray of sunshine' they make you feel happy and optimistic.
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.
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