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hindsight

(n) understand a situation by looking back to the past

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persistence

(n) continuing, not give up

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tenement

a room (forming separate residence within a block of flats)

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all walks of life

various levels of social position

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wildest dream

the things that you have expected

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draw blood

take blood away from

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committed relationship

willing to give your time for a relationship

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octogenarian

a person whose age is 80-89

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slings and arrows

unpleasant, negative attacks
Ex: Close relationships seem to buffer us from the sling s and arrows of getting old.

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bicker

peevish argument (of small and important things)

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When the going gets tough

When the situation becomes difficult
Ex: When the going gets tough, the tough get going (When situation becomes difficult, strong people take action and do not despair).

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tending to sb/sth

to deal with the problems (of people or things)

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fare the best

to do the best

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lean in to relationship

committed relationship

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stale

(adj) no longer new or fresh
Ex: stale relationship

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feuds

(n) arguments

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grudge

(n) anger/ dislike towards sb
Ex: to hold grudge.

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so to speak

imply that the word choice is not exactly accurate
Ex: In that relationship, it is very much Loura who wears the trousers, so to speak (Loura makes on important decisions).

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quick fix

a fast solution, but may not last long

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relentless

(adj) continue in a extreme way
Ex: relentless criticism, relentless pressure

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chubby

(adj) fat in a attractive way

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cuddle

(v) hug, hold close in one's arm

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voluptuous

(adj) curved, attractive

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curvaceous

(adj) curved

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sugarcoat

(v) make sth more positive than it really is

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hilarious

(adj) extremely funny

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insidious

(adj) gradually and severely cause harm
Ex: high blood pressure is an insidious condition which has few symptoms.

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oppression

(n) áp bức
Ex: Every human being has the right to freedom from oppression

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patriarchy

a society in which the oldest man is the leader

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ingrained

establish sth so firmly

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contempt

(n) dislike, no respect

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disdain

(n) khinh bỉ

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glittering

(adj) bright light

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holistic

(adj) dealing with the whole thing
Ex: holistic approach to disease.

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body contouring

đường nét cơ thể

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en masse

do together

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defiant

(adj) opposing, not willing to accept criticism

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acclaim

(n,v) public approval
Ex: Despite the critical acclaim, the novel did not sell well.

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rave review

admiring/ praise review

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confront

(v) to face
Ex: It is an issue that we have to confront at some point, no matter how unpleasant it is.

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detractor

(n) someone who criticizes other (often unfairly)

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indulge

(v) allow yourself to have sth enjoyable
Ex: We took a deliberate decision to indulge in a little nostalgia.

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myriad

large number of
Ex: a myriad of choices

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radical

(adj) supporting change
Ex: radical reformer/thinker/politician; radical views.

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absurd

(adj) stupid, silly (in a humorous way)
Ex: What an absurd thing to say!

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melancholic

(adj) sad, gloomy

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sheer

(adj) complete
Ex: His success was due to sheer willpower.

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ignite

ignite the passion in others

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awe

(n,v) respect (mixed with fear)
Ex: I've always held musicians in awe.

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parody

an imitation (of a style, of write, genre) with deliberate exaggeration
Ex: The film is a parody of horror genre.

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top dog

a successful or dominate person

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recession

economic decline

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client

customer

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intrigue

(v) to interest (because of strange, unusual, and mysterious)
Ex: People have been intrigued whether there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.

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stagnate

(v) stop develop, sluggish

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recess

(n) 1/ a break; 2/a suspended time

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shudder

(v) to shake suddenly
Ex: The sight of so much blood made him shudder.

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enshrine

(v) to place sth in a holy place
Ex: Almost 2 and a half million war dead are enshrined at Yasukuni.

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perpetual

(adj) continue for ever

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adolescent

day thi

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charmless

without charm, vô duyên

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misanthrope

(n) sb who dislikes and avoids other people

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glass ceiling

a point after which you cannot go any further (usually for improving position at work)
Ex: The 1st female to break through the glass ceiling in Europe

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devious

(v) dishonest, but clever and successful
Ex: a devious scheme, he is as devious as a politician needs to be.

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antagonistic

(adj) opposing (showing hostile, unfriendly)
Ex: He is antagonistic to all critics

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shattering the glass ceiling

break the "glass ceiling" in to pieces

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exhilarating

(adj) happy, excitement

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surrogate

(v) replace
Ex: Because she had no children of her own, her friend's son became a kind of surrogate child to her.

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mental acuity

the ability to interpret things accurately
Ex: visual acuity

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Luddite

(n) a person who rejects technology