Flashcards in CAE Exam Preparation Deck (1764)
› Only existing or happening in some parts:
The varnish is a little patchy on this table.
The morning will start with some patchy rain/cloud/fog at first.
› Sometimes good and sometimes bad:
Matthew found the service extremely patchy.
› [after verb] knowing or being familiar with a person:
"Do you know Daphne?" "No, I'm afraid we're not acquainted."
I am not personally acquainted with the gentleman in question.
be acquainted with sth
› to know or be familiar with something, because you have studied it or have experienced it before:
Police said the thieves were obviously well acquainted with the alarm system at the department store.
I'm not acquainted ........ the new product. Could you describe it to me?
I booked a ........ with my local counsellor. (CONSULT)
He works as a computer ........ for educational bodies. (CONSULT)
My dream is to go self-employed and to open a ........ (CONSULT)
He spent some time looking at how the market was performing before taking a ........ risk and buying shares in the company.
I'm staying in tonight to swot ........ on phrasal verbs before tomorrow's test.
swot up (sth): to learn as much as you can about a subject, especially before an exam:
She's at home, swotting up on her maths.
Sarah was ........ quiet at the meeting, wasn't she? She's usually quite outspoken. (CHARACTER)
I've been asked to list the ........ of the species. (CHARACTER)
The book was superb and the author's ........ of the hero was brilliant. (CHARACTER)
Characterization (UK characterisation)
Nothing to do ...
be/have nothing to do with sb
B2 to be a matter or subject that someone has no good reason to know about or be involved with:
I wish he wouldn't offer advice on my marriage - it's nothing to do with him.
be/have nothing to do with sb/sth
B2 to have no connection or influence with someone or something:
We are nothing to do with the firm that has the offices next door.
In the evening he likes to read books and articles that have nothing to do with his work.
1. They set up camp at the ........ of the mountain and prepared to begin their ascent.
2. Her father put his ........ down and insisted that she come home before it got dark.
3. He didn't put a ........ wrong during the interview and he's hopeful that he'll get the job
Foot noun (BOTTOM)
C1 [S] the bottom or lower end of a space or object:
They built a house at the foot of a cliff.
She dreamed she saw someone standing at the foot of her bed.
There's a note explaining the quotation at the foot of the page.
Put your foot down
C2 to use your authority to stop something happening:
When she started borrowing my clothes without asking, I had to put my foot down.
Not put a foot wrong
› to not make any mistakes
Careful not to forget about something:
Mindful of the poor road conditions, she reduced her speed to 30 mph.
Politicians are increasingly mindful that young voters are turning away from traditional parties.
Something that has been broken:
Any breakages must be paid for.
A saying or remark that is very often made and is therefore not original and not interesting:
My wedding day - and I know it's a cliché - was just the happiest day of my life.
clichéd (adj) UK /ˈkliː.ʃeɪd/ US /kliːˈʃeɪd/
It was really strong cheese and ........ off this terrible smell that filled the whole house.
Give sth off: to produce heat, light, a smell, or a gas:
That tiny radiator doesn't give off much heat.
What was your ........ of the Prime Minister's speech this afternoon? (INTERPRET)
She works as an ........ for the EU. (INTERPRET)
You always manage to ........ what I say and end up with the wrong impression. (INTERPRET)
When the teacher asked if anyone had done their homework, nobody ........ a word.
Utter (v): to say something or to make a sound with your voice:
She sat through the whole meeting without uttering a word.
I wouldn't brood ........ the bad news if I were you. Just forget it and get on with your life.
To think about something for a period of time
She works as a ........... for a cleaning company. (SUPERVISE)
The children shouldn't be left alone without......... (SUPERVISE)
The trainee was left ........ and had no means of support. (SUPERVISE)
1. The camera doesn't have a .......... so I can't take photographs indoors.
2. The teacher asked a question and the answer came to me in a .........
3. Their victory turned out to be a ........ in the pan as they went on to lose their next 4 matches.
A flash in the pan
› something that happened only once or for a short time and was not repeated:
Sadly, their success was just a flash in the pan.
Drenched/soaked/wet to the skin
We had no umbrellas so we got soaked to the skin in the pouring rain.
Off the top of your head
From the knowledge you have in your memory:
"What's the capital of Mauritania?" "I don't know off the top of my head, but I could go and look it up."
An act that is criminal or bad:
She's been making up for her past misdeeds by doing a lot of voluntary work.