Flashcards in CAE Exam Preparation Deck (1764)
The Government has no ........ as it came to power undemocratically. (LEGITIMATE)
You're always finding ........ with my work. Why don't you try giving me some praise once in a while?
Emma started out as a clerical officer with the company and gradually ........ her way to the top and is now a senior manager.
If you 'work your way to the top' you move up through the ranks to a senior level of the organisation.
We're on holiday now so can you stop ........ shop?
If you 'talk shop' you talk about the job when away from work.
There's a rumour going around that the proposed reorganisation is meant to ........ out the lazy workers.
If you 'weed something out' you remove it/to get rid of unwanted things or people from a group.
The first round of interviews only really serves to weed out the very weakest of applicants.
This TV is totally clapped ........ I can't even get a picture.
Clapped out (adj): › Clapped out machines are old and no longer work well:
[before noun] She drives a clapped-out old Mini.
› used to describe people who are very tired or unhealthy:
I felt too clapped out to go to aerobics last night.
Is everything OK? You're looking a little ......... (OCCUPY)
She works as an ........ therapist. (OCCUPY)
The housing association sent a letter to all the ........ of the street informing them of building work that needed to be carried out. (OCCUPY)
1. We need something to bridge the ........ between the two walls over there.
2. There was a ........ in the market and the company felt they could take advantage of it.
3. I sometimes feel the generation ........ is getting wider and wider.
The soldiers managed to ........ up any evidence of resistance from the rebel troops
It was such a ........ that I should be doing the exam on the same day as you. (COINCIDE)
Characters in this film are fictional. Any resemblance to an actual person is purely ........ . (COINCIDE)
We were discussing the subject when ......., a report of the same story appeared on TV. (COINCIDE)
We've decided to go away in the spring this year to avoid all the crowds during the summer ........ period.
He was a very strict teacher who ........ down hard on bad behaviour.
Come down on sb/sth: to punish or criticize a person or activity very strongly:
They're coming down heavily on people for not paying their licence fees.
The authorities plan to come down hard on truancy in future.
There is a very ........ moment in the film when the killer comes face to face with our hero. (DRAMA)
She entered the room very ........ and threw herself into the chair. (DRAMA)
She is the nation's most celebrated ........ . (DRAMA)
It was a great photo that really ........ the moment perfectly.
The charity are very pleased to have received several ........ from local businesses. (CONTRIBUTE)
She has been a regular ........ to the journal since it was first published. (CONTRIBUTE)
Increasing workload was seen as a ........ factor in his decision to resign. (CONTRIBUTE)
1. When I first met Gerry we didn't ........ it off very well and had one or two disagreements.
2. What would you do if you ........ the jackpot and won millions on the lottery?
3. You really ........ the nail on the head when you pointed out the lack of motivation amongst the players lately.
I went ........ with an awful cold yesterday and still feel terrible.
If you 'go down with' a cold or illness you catch it.
Kelly should give up smoking. Have you seen how ........ of breath she gets when she takes the stairs rather than the lift?
To be 'short of breath' means to be unable to breath easily.
His father's nearly 90 years old but he's still very active and as fit as a .........
If someone is 'as fit as a fiddle' they are very healthy.
(UK also be (as) fit as a flea
A period when a service, such as electricity, is not available:
The radio news reported power outages affecting 50 homes.
Silly or stupid:
You daft idiot!
It was a pretty daft idea anyway.
Don't be daft - let me pay - you paid last time.