Flashcards in CAE Exam Preparation Deck (1764)
Do you mind if I ........ your brains for a minute? How do you find phone numbers in this database?
If you 'pick someone's brains' you ask them for help or information about something.
To feel encouraged:
Take heart. You'll be done soon, and you won't have to think about this paper ever again.
An important person, especially in a particular sphere:
Dream sth up
To invent something very unusual and usually silly:
This is the latest ploy dreamed up by advertising companies to sell their new products.
Firsthand (adj - before noun)
If you experience something firsthand, you experience it yourself:
Most of the older reporters have experienced war firsthand.
Shake verb (GET RID OF)
C2 [T] to get rid of or escape from something:
It's very difficult to shake the habit of a lifetime.
The company has so far been unable to shake (off) its reputation for being old-fashioned.
Have a field day
To take advantage of an opportunity to do something you enjoy:
The newspapers had a field day when the wedding was announced (= they wrote a lot about it and printed many photographs of it).
Get cold feet
To suddenly become too frightened to do something you had planned to do, especially something important
To take action when there is a need or opportunity for it:
Investors have to step up and assume more responsibility for their assets.
Somebody in the marketing department has ........ upon this idea of giving away free pens to anyone who visits the office.
Hit on/upon sth: to think of an idea when you didn't expect or intend to, especially one that solves a problem:
When we first hit on the idea, everyone told us it would never work.
I have to use a ........ shampoo because I have a skin complaint. (MEDICINE)
Containing a medical substance:
A: How are you going to ........ amends for forgetting your boyfriend's birthday?
B: I'm going to take him out for a meal.
To do something good to show that you are sorry about something you have done:
She tried to make amends by inviting him out to dinner.
I wanted to make amends for the worry I've caused you.
The union official has been talking to all the workers and trying to drum ........ support for the idea of strike action
We've decided to take in a ........ to help us pay for the rent. (LODGE)
someone who pays for a place to sleep, and usually for meals, in someone else's house:
She takes in lodgers to make some extra money.
I'm looking for temporary ........ while I'm working in the area. (LODGE)
› [U] a temporary place to stay:
The price includes board and lodging (= meals and a room to sleep in).
lodgings [plural] (UK informal also digs)
› a room in someone's house that you pay money to live in
I managed to cut down the tree but I just couldn't ........ the roots. (LODGE)
Your ........ is as good as mine where they are. Perhaps they got caught in traffic.
If you say, 'your guess is as good as mine', you're making it clear you don't know the answer to a question.
I think it's on the ........ that they'll win the cup this year. They've spent so much money on new players they can't fail to win.
If you say something is 'on the cards' you think it is very likely to happen.
I'm sorry, but there's not a hope ........ hell of me getting the job done today. I've got too much on.
If there's 'not a hope in hell' of something happening, it is almost certainly not going to occur.
A person's way of thinking and their opinions:
to have a different/the same mindset
It's extraordinary how hard it is to change the mindset of the public and the press.
Way to go! [informal]
Used to tell someone they have done well, or used humorously when someone has done something stupid:
I heard you girls won the contest. Way to go!
Way to go, John - you broke the chair!
An agreement, usually between two armies, to stop fighting in order to allow discussions about peace:
declare a ceasefire
(also bored to death/tears) informal
Extremely unhappy because something is not interesting or because you have nothing to do
To the bone
All the way through, or very badly:
I was frozen/chilled to the bone after waiting so long for the bus.
Have a lot to say for yourself [informal disapproving]
To talk too much and seem to have a high opinion of yourself
Deep-seated (also deep-rooted, deeply rooted)
Strongly felt or believed and very difficult to change or get rid of:
A deep-seated faith in God
To ‘burn your bridges’ is to do something that makes it impossible for you to change your plans and go back to the situation you were in before.
‘Make sure when you leave the company you don’t burn your bridges.’
A bridge too far
‘A bridge too far refers to an action, or an activity that reaches too far, beyond the capabilities of the present situation. The action is so far reaching that it is in danger of failing.
‘A new office on the other side of town is fine, but, planning a new office in a different city, I think that is a bridge too far.’
The electoral process was seen as being corrupt and ........ . Opposition parties are calling for a second vote. (LEGITIMATE)