Flashcards in CAE Exam Preparation Deck (1764)
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.
Not a bit
Not in any way:
She wasn't a bit worried about the test.
"Are you getting tired?" "Not a bit."
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.
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.
I wouldn't be ........ in by his story about being poor. He comes from a very wealthy background.
You can tell she's an architect, can't you? Her house is so ........ decorated. (TASTE)
I found his last film quite ........ and very offensive. (TASTE)
The last time I ate in that restaurant the food was completely ........ . I think they must have forgotten to season it. (TASTE)
Attractive and chosen for style and quality:
Their house is very tasteful, but it doesn't have any soul.
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.
'Darling' is a ........ of endearment that people use when talking to their loved-one.
Since I moved to a new city, Alan and myself have drifted ........ and rarely keep in contact.
Drift apart: if two people drift apart, they gradually become less friendly and their relationship ends.
The delegates were very ........ of the speaker's contribution and gave her a round of applause. (APPRECIATE)
The increased investment in the health service does not seem to have had an ........ effect on the service it delivers. (APPRECIATE)
I bought Karen a present to show my ........ of all the kindness she has shown me. (APPRECIATE)
Her health has improved appreciably since she changed her treatment.
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.
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."
Every month we receive a ........ through the post giving us information about the local community. (CIRCLE)
The ........ of the newspaper has risen since the new editor took over the job. (CIRCLE)
Somebody has been ........ a company document outlining plans to make people redundant. (CIRCLE)
I really do feel we should give ........ to projects that practise energy efficiency.
I was freezing cold and as soon as I got in I sat in front of the fire to thaw ........
If you thaw out, you gradually get warm again after being very cold.
The fog was very thick and ........ was extremely poor. (VISION)
The fire was ........ from many miles away. (VISION)
She is a ........leader and will be missed when she retires from politics next year. (VISION)
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.
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.
(down) in the dumps
She's a bit down in the dumps because she failed one of her exams.