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1621

Be nuts about sth/sb

Informal to be very ​enthusiastic about an ​object, ​activity, or ​person:
Sophie's nuts about ​dinosaurs.
I'm nuts about this ​band.

1622

Not a bit

Not in any way:
She wasn't a bit ​worried about the ​test.
"Are you getting ​tired?" "Not a bit."

1623

Hitchhike (v) /ˈhɪtʃ.haɪk/

To ​travel by getting ​free ​rides in someone else's ​vehicle:
I would never hitchhike on my own.
They hitchhiked to Paris.

1624

Have your back to/against the wall

To have very ​serious ​problems that ​limit the ​ways in which you can ​act:
He ​owes ​money to everyone - he really has his back to the ​wall now.

1625

I wouldn't be ........ in by his story about being poor. He comes from a very wealthy background.

In

1626

You can tell she's an architect, can't you? Her house is so ........ decorated. (TASTE)

Tastefully

1627

I found his last film quite ........ and very offensive. (TASTE)

Distasteful

1628

The last time I ate in that restaurant the food was completely ........ . I think they must have forgotten to season it. (TASTE)

Tasteless

1629

Tasteful (adj)

Attractive and ​chosen for ​style and ​quality:
Their ​house is very tasteful, but it doesn't have any ​soul.

Tastefully (adv)

1630

Distaste (n)

A ​dislike of something that you ​find ​unpleasant or ​unacceptable:
His distaste for ​publicity of any ​sort is well ​known.
She ​looked at the ​advertisement with distaste before ​walking ​quickly on.

Distasteful (adj)
Distastefully (adv)
Distastefulness (n)

1631

'Darling' is a ........ of endearment that people use when talking to their loved-one.

Term

1632

Since I moved to a new city, Alan and myself have drifted ........ and rarely keep in contact.

Apart
Drift apart: if two ​people ​drift ​apart, they ​gradually ​become less ​friendly and ​their ​relationship ​ends.

1633

The delegates were very ........ of the speaker's contribution and gave her a round of applause. (APPRECIATE)

Appreciative

1634

The increased investment in the health service does not seem to have had an ........ effect on the service it delivers. (APPRECIATE)

Appreciable

1635

I bought Karen a present to show my ........ of all the kindness she has shown me. (APPRECIATE)

Appreciation

1636

Appreciably (adv)

Her ​health has ​improved appreciably since she ​changed her ​treatment.

1637

1. When this Government came to ......... they promised the voters so much.

2. I'll do everything in my ........ to help you, but I don't know if it will do any good.

3. In recent years the balance of ........ has drifted even more towards the USA.

Power

1638

Be in the loop/be out of the loop [informal]

To have or not have the ​special ​knowledge or ​power that ​belongs to a ​particular ​group of ​people:
You can ​tell she's in the loop. She always ​knows about ​policy ​decisions before the ​rest of us.
I've been out of the loop since I ​changed ​jobs. I didn't ​realize Wendy and ​Bob had got ​engaged.

"...with mobile GPS apps to keep doctors in the loop."

1639

Every month we receive a ........ through the post giving us information about the local community. (CIRCLE)

Circular

1640

The ........ of the newspaper has risen since the new editor took over the job. (CIRCLE)

Circulation

1641

Somebody has been ........ a company document outlining plans to make people redundant. (CIRCLE)

Circulating

1642

I really do feel we should give ........ to projects that practise energy efficiency.

Priority

1643

I was freezing cold and as soon as I got in I sat in front of the fire to thaw ........

Out
If you ​thaw out, you ​gradually get ​warm again after being very ​cold.

1644

The fog was very thick and ........ was extremely poor. (VISION)

Visibility

1645

The fire was ........ from many miles away. (VISION)

Visible

1646

She is a ........leader and will be missed when she retires from politics next year. (VISION)

Visionary

1647

1. I like nothing better after a hard day's work than to ........ into a comfortable armchair.

2. It came as a bit of a shock and took quite a while to ........ in that I'd been offered such a wonderful job.

3. We watched the sun ........ below the hills before returning to the hotel.

Sink

1648

Ring/sound alarm bells

If something ​rings/​sounds alarm ​bells, it makes you ​start to ​worry because it is a ​sign that there may be a ​problem:
The ​name ​rang alarm ​bells in her ​mind.

1649

(down) in the dumps

​Unhappy:
She's a ​bit down in the ​dumps because she ​failed one of her ​exams.

1650

Be (as) busy as a bee

To be ​moving about ​quickly doing many things