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1681

Do you mind if I ........ your brains for a minute? How do you find phone numbers in this database?

Pick
If you 'pick someone's brains' you ask them for help or information about something.

1682

Take heart

To ​feel ​encouraged:
Take ​heart. You'll be done ​soon, and you won't have to ​think about this ​paper ​ever again.

1683

Bigwig [informal]

An important person, especially in a particular sphere:
government bigwigs

1684

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.

1685

Firsthand (adv)
Firsthand (adj - before noun)

If you ​experience something firsthand, you ​experience it yourself:
Most of the ​older ​reporters have ​experienced ​war firsthand.

1686

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.

1687

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).

1688

Get cold feet

To ​suddenly ​become too ​frightened to do something you had ​planned to do, ​especially something ​important

1689

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.

1690

Somebody in the marketing department has ........ upon this idea of giving away free pens to anyone who visits the office.

Hit
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.

1691

I have to use a ........ shampoo because I have a skin complaint. (MEDICINE)

Medicated
Containing a ​medical ​substance:
medicated ​lotion/​shampoo/​tissues

1692

A: How are you going to ........ amends for forgetting your boyfriend's birthday?
B: I'm going to take him out for a meal.

Make

1693

Make amends

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.

1694

The union official has been talking to all the workers and trying to drum ........ support for the idea of strike action

Up

1695

We've decided to take in a ........ to help us pay for the rent. (LODGE)

Lodger (n)
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.

1696

I'm looking for temporary ........ while I'm working in the area. (LODGE)

Lodgings
› [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

1697

I managed to cut down the tree but I just couldn't ........ the roots. (LODGE)

Dislodge

1698

Your ........ is as good as mine where they are. Perhaps they got caught in traffic.

Guess
If you say, 'your guess is as good as mine', you're making it clear you don't know the answer to a question.

1699

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.

Cards
If you say something is 'on the cards' you think it is very likely to happen.

1700

I'm sorry, but there's not a hope ........ hell of me getting the job done today. I've got too much on.

In
If there's 'not a hope in hell' of something happening, it is almost certainly not going to occur.

1701

Mindset (n)

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.

1702

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!

1703

Ceasefire (n)

An ​agreement, usually between two ​armies, to ​stop ​fighting in ​order to ​allow ​discussions about ​peace:
​declare a ceasefire

1704

Bored stiff

(also bored to death/tears) informal
Extremely ​unhappy because something is not ​interesting or because you have nothing to do

1705

To the bone

All the way through, or very ​badly:
I was ​frozen/​chilled to the bone after ​waiting so ​long for the ​bus.

1706

Have a lot to say for yourself [informal disapproving]

To ​talk too much and ​seem to have a high ​opinion of yourself

1707

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

1708

Bridge

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.’

1709

The electoral process was seen as being corrupt and ........ . Opposition parties are calling for a second vote. (LEGITIMATE)

Illegitimate

1710

The police decided that the motorist had argued quite ........ that he hadn't seen the other car coming and decided not to charge him. (LEGITIMATE)

Legitimately