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move in together

We get along great and moved in together a couple of months ago.
*to start living with somebody, especially a partner


vagina [vədʒaɪnə]2

I enjoy doing it but the problem is my girlfriend’s vagina has a strong odor.
[NOUN] A woman's vagina is the passage connecting her outer sex organs to her womb.


cringe [krɪndʒ]

I've never been with a woman whose smell made me cringe.
[VERB] If you cringe at something, you feel embarrassed or disgusted, and perhaps show this feeling in your expression or by making a slight movement.



standoff [|stænd|ɒf]

Because of my reluctance, she has stopped performing oral sex on me as a kind of standoff.
*unwillingness, not willing to do something.
[NOUN] [US, Canada] the act or an instance of standing off or apart 교착상태


bring up

as to

She has been bringing this up so much that I’m going to have to give her an answer as to why I’m holding my nose.
[VERB] to raise (a subject) for discussion; mention
*used when you are referring to something


sticking point

You two have certainly reaching a sticking point, or perhaps I should say, stinking point.
[NOUN] A sticking point in a discussion or series of negotiations is a point on which the people involved cannot agree and which may delay or stop the talks. A sticking point is also one aspect of a problem which you have trouble dealing with.


exhortation [egzɔ:rteɪʃən] 1 3

There’s an exhortation at the end of some toothpaste commercials that their product should be part of a program of oral hygiene and regular professional care.
*1. the act or process of exhorting. 2. an utterance, discourse, or address conveying urgent advice or recommendations.




Clipping a clothespin on your nose in order to discharge your duties might be one of way of alerting her to the problem.
[NOUN] [AM] A clothespin is the same as a clothes peg.
[VERB] [FORMAL] If someone discharges their duties or responsibilities, they do everything that needs to be done in order to complete them.


gin up

gynecologist [gaɪnɪkɒlədʒi] 1 3

But better that you just gin up the courage to tell her that her vaginal odor is unusually strong and you think she should check it out with her gynecologist.
*to invent something or create something that is artificial in order to achieve a goal
[NOUN] Gynaecology is the branch of medical science which deals with women's diseases and medical conditions.


tit for tat

Being grown-up enough to do that should end this silly sexual tit for tat.
[NOUN] an equivalent given in return or retaliation; blow for blow 똑같이 응수하는 것. 보복


rebuff [rɪbʌf] 2

Other people have brought up to her that her obsession seems unhealthy, but she has rebuffed them.
[VERB] If you rebuff someone or rebuff a suggestion that they make, you refuse to do what they suggest.


malign [məlaɪn]2

under cover of

There’s something malignly brilliant about hiding sick fan obsession under cover of a thesis.
[VERB] [FORMAL] If you malign someone, you say unpleasant and untrue things about them.
*hidden or protected by something


remiss [rɪmɪs] 2

Your classmate would be remiss if she were writing about an actress and wasn’t familiar with all her work and the literature about her.
[ADJ] [FORMAL] If someone is remiss, they are careless about doing things which ought to be done.


compulsion [kəmpʌlʃən] 2

dogged [dɔ:gɪd] 1

But you make a convincing case—the conversational compulsion, the physical tracking—that this student may be more than a dogged biographer.
[NOUN] [oft N to-inf] A compulsion is a strong desire to do something, which you find difficult to control.
[ADJ] If you describe someone's actions as dogged, you mean that they are determined to continue with something even if it becomes difficult or dangerous.



I think you should have a low-key conversation with this woman’s adviser.
[ADJ] If you say that something is low-key, you mean that it is on a small scale rather than involving a lot of activity or being made to seem impressive or important.


fixation [fɪkseɪʃən]2

Just say you’ve gotten increasingly concerned about her level of fixation on her subject, then cite your examples.
[NOUN] If you accuse a person of having a fixation on something or someone, you mean they think about a particular subject or person to an extreme and excessive degree.


go off the rails

authority figure

If this student is going off the rails, an authority figure should step in before she crashes.
*start behaving in a way which shocks or upsets other people
*권위 있는 사람들, 실세


blast out

He is not talented and literally sits and blasts out the same few notes over and over for hours at a time.
*if music blasts out or a radio, etc. blasts out music, it is produced or played very loudly


dissertation [dɪsərteɪʃən] 1 3

I don’t have an office on campus, and I can’t carry all my dissertation books to the library to get some peace.
[NOUN] A dissertation is a long formal piece of writing on a particular subject, especially for a university degree.


take up

I got this from an entire page of tuba jokes that I’m sure you’ll now find even less funny than you would have before your neighbor took up his musical passion.
[VERB] [adverb, mainly tr] to adopt the study, practice, or activity of


blow off

Sure he could blow you off, but a civil conversation might bring some relief.
[VERB] [tr, informal] to reject or jilt (someone)


honk [hɒŋk]1

ordinance [ɔ:rdɪnəns] 1

If that doesn’t help, it could be that the constant honking is violating a local sound ordinance, so call the police.
[VERB] If you honk the horn of a vehicle or if the horn honks, you make the horn produce a short loud sound.
[NOUN] [FORMAL] An ordinance is an official rule or order.