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1651

Rubber bullet

Spanish media say police fired rubber bullets at migrants in a detention centre in Valencia after about 50 tried to escape

1652

The boxer was knocked ........ in the tenth round

Out

1653

The champions were ........ in their attitude towards their opponents, and were hungry for goals, coming away as 10.0 winners. (MERCY)

Merciless

1654

It was a terrible film but ........ it was also quite short. (MERCY)

Mercifully

1655

The teacher was ........ with us and decided not to give us too much homework. (MERCY)

Merciful

1656

The murder victim was shot twice at ........ range.

Close

At close quarters/range
› (from) a ​short ​distance away:
When you ​see ​famous ​people at close ​quarters, they always ​appear much ​smaller than you ​imagined them.
He was ​shot at close ​range.

1657

At close quarters/range

(from) a ​short ​distance away:
When you ​see ​famous ​people at close ​quarters, they always ​appear much ​smaller than you ​imagined them.
He was ​shot at close ​range.

1658

It took him quite a while to ........ down after their argument.

Simmer
Simmer down: to ​become less ​angry or ​excited about something.

1659

He was a well-known ........ and had spent a number of years in prison for deception. (FRAUD)

Fraudster

1660

She was arrested for making a ........ claim for unemployment benefit. (FRAUD)

Fraudulent

1661

He claimed he had not acted ........ and that he would defend himself against any such accusations. (FRAUD)

Fraudulently

1662

Step up

To take ​action when there is a need or ​opportunity for it:
Investors have to ​step up and ​assume more ​responsibility for ​their ​assets.

1663

Step forward

To ​offer to ​provide or do something, or to ​help with something:
No one has ​yet ​stepped ​forward to ​claim ​responsibility for the ​attack.
At the last ​minute another ​company ​stepped ​forward with a ​bid.

1664

1. I didn't want to disturb you as you seemed to be ........ in thought.
2. He took a ........ breath and then dived in.
3. I was in a very ........ sleep when all of a sudden I was woken up by this loud noise from outside.

Deep

1665

Deep in thought

Thinking very hard:
She ​sat, not ​listening, but deep in ​thought.

1666

Just what the doctor ordered

Exactly what is ​wanted or ​needed:
Thanks, a ​strong ​cup of ​coffee in the ​morning is just what the doctor ​ordered.

1667

Clean bill of health

An ​official ​statement that something has been ​found to be ​safe, ​legal, or in good ​financial ​condition:
Two of the bridges got ​tentative ​clean ​bills of ​health from ​inspectors on the scene Friday.
give sth a clean bill of health A ​meeting of EU ​finance ​ministers gave the ​European ​economy a ​clean ​bill of ​health.

1668

I think I need to go home. I'm feeling a bit ........ colour.

Off
If you feel 'a bit off colour' you don't feel very well.

1669

Get ahead

To be ​successful in the ​work that you do:
It's ​tough for a woman to get ​ahead in ​politics.

1670

Tick sb off (SPEAK SEVERELY)

UK informal to ​speak ​severely to and ​criticize someone who has done something ​wrong:
I had to ​tick him off for being late again.

1671

We stripped ........ the entire ground floor to make redecorating easier.

Out
To empty a place in order to redecorate it

1672

Get ahead

To be ​successful in the ​work that you do:
It's ​tough for a woman to get ​ahead in ​politics.

1673

Are there any ........ as to what this new system can achieve? (LIMIT)

Limitations

1674

Wind power could offer us a ........ supply of energy if only we invested more in research and development. (LIMIT)

Limitless

1675

1. I will not lend you any money and that's the end of the .........
2. I don't know why you think it's so funny. It's no laughing .........
3. It's only a ........ of time before a serious accident takes place on that busy road.

Matter

1676

Are there any ........ as to what this new system can achieve? (LIMIT)

Limitations

1677

Wind power could offer us a ........ supply of energy if only we invested more in research and development. (LIMIT)

Limitless

1678

1. I will not lend you any money and that's the end of the .........
2. I don't know why you think it's so funny. It's no laughing .........
3. It's only a ........ of time before a serious accident takes place on that busy road.

Matter

1679

Put your thinking ........ on. What can we get Adrian for his birthday?

Cap
To 'put your thinking cap on' means to think seriously about how to do something.

1680

I was sitting in the exam hall and all of a sudden my mind just went completely .........

Blank
If your 'mind goes blank' you can't remember something.