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1591

Patchy (adj)

› 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.
Patchily (adv)
Patchiness (n)

1592

Acquainted (adj)

› [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.

1593

I'm not acquainted ........ the new product. Could you describe it to me?

With

1594

I booked a ........ with my local counsellor. (CONSULT)

Consultation

1595

He works as a computer ........ for educational bodies. (CONSULT)

Consultant

1596

My dream is to go self-employed and to open a ........ (CONSULT)

Consultancy

1597

He spent some time looking at how the market was performing before taking a ........ risk and buying shares in the company.

Calculated

1598

I'm staying in tonight to swot ........ on phrasal verbs before tomorrow's test.

Up
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.

1599

Sarah was ........ quiet at the meeting, wasn't she? She's usually quite outspoken. (CHARACTER)

Uncharacteristically

1600

I've been asked to list the ........ of the species. (CHARACTER)

Characteristics

1601

The book was superb and the author's ........ of the hero was brilliant. (CHARACTER)

Characterization (UK characterisation)

1602

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.

1603

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

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

1604

Mindful (adj)

​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.

1605

Breakage (n)

Something that has been ​broken:
Any breakages must be ​paid for.

1606

Cliché (n)

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/

1607

It was really strong cheese and ........ off this terrible smell that filled the whole house.

Gave
Give sth off: to ​produce ​heat, ​light, a ​smell, or a ​gas:
That ​tiny ​radiator doesn't give off much ​heat.

1608

What was your ........ of the Prime Minister's speech this afternoon? (INTERPRET)

Interpretation

1609

She works as an ........ for the EU. (INTERPRET)

Interpreter

1610

You always manage to ........ what I say and end up with the wrong impression. (INTERPRET)

Misinterpret

1611

When the teacher asked if anyone had done their homework, nobody ........ a word.

Uttered
Utter (v): to say something or to make a ​sound with ​your ​voice:
She ​sat through the ​whole ​meeting without uttering a word.

1612

I wouldn't brood ........ the bad news if I were you. Just forget it and get on with your life.

On
To think about something for a period of time

1613

She works as a ........... for a cleaning company. (SUPERVISE)

Supervisor

1614

The children shouldn't be left alone without......... (SUPERVISE)

Supervision

1615

The trainee was left ........ and had no means of support. (SUPERVISE)

Unsupervised

1616

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.

Flash

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.

1617

Drenched/soaked/wet to the skin

Extremely ​wet:
We had no ​umbrellas so we got ​soaked to the skin in the ​pouring ​rain.

1618

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."

1619

Misdeed (n)

An ​act that is ​criminal or ​bad:
She's been making up for her past misdeeds by doing a lot of ​voluntary ​work.

1620

Bend the rules

To ​break the ​rules in a way that you ​consider ​unimportant or not ​harmful:
You’ve got to ​know when to bend the ​rules a little.