Flashcards in Deck 1 Deck (100):
lacking strong features or characteristics and therefore uninteresting
to be strapped [for]
not having enough money
- 'I'd love to come to Hawaii with you, but I'm a little strapped (for cash).'
expressed too often to be interesting or seem sincere
having or showing no pity or compassion for others
to strike forcefully with a sharp blow
to look, especially for a short time or while trying to avoid being seen
public approval and praise
weak and without energy, strength, or power
to pander [to sb/sth]
to please other people by doing or saying what you think they want you to do or say
- 'She accused the other candidate of pandering to radical environmental groups.'
very obvious and intentional, when this is a bad thing
- 'a blatant lie'
a small, thin, sharp piece of wood, glass, or similar material broken off from a larger piece
extremely unpleasant, horrifying, or terrible
to live in a place or in a particular way
a stupid person
to get miffed
to become angry, agitated, or irritated
to feel very embarrassed
- 'I cringed at the sight of my dad dancing.'
- 'Their twins are virtually identical.'
to not give enough care or attention to people or things that are your responsibility
a tube or pipe that is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom, used for guiding liquid or powder into a small opening
a crust that forms over a healing wound
a person whose sexual behaviour is regarded as abnormal and unacceptable
to say something again or a number of times, typically for emphasis or clarity
an outlying district of a city, especially a residential one
to behave in an annoying manner towards someone by doing or asking for something repeatedly
- 'At the frontier, there were people pestering tourists for cigarettes, food, or alcohol.'
- 'John has been pestering her to go out with him all month.'
to bug (slang)
to annoy or worry someone
relating to the penis
to make someone extremely tired
severe or complete constipation
a disappointing or unpleasant situation or experience
a stupid or careless mistake
to prove that something is correct
to make a stupid or careless mistake; act or speak clumsily
very serious or extreme
- 'These people are in dire need of help.'
- 'This decision will have dire consequences for local people.'
to wipe out
1. to completely deplete or use up
2. to rub off, erase
3. to make someone extremely tired
- 'The early-morning meetings really wipe me out.'
* If you wipe out your grandmother's entire batch of brownies, it means that you eat every single last one of them.
spread throughout something
morally or spiritually elevating; inspiring happiness or hope
to become or cause to become incorporated into a liquid so as to form a solution
a meal eaten in the late morning that is a combination of breakfast and lunch
to itch to do something
to want to do something very much and as soon as possible
- 'He was itching to hear the results.'
to pry [into]
to try to find out private facts about a person
a device that opens and closes to control the flow of liquids or gases
a serious promise or decision
- 'She took/made a vow never to lend money to anyone again.'
to make a determined decision or promise to do something
a speech sound in which the air is not blocked, so there is no friction
a speech sound in which the air is at least partly blocked
relating to marriage
a short form of a word or combination of words that is often used instead of the full form in spoken English
- '"Won't" is a contraction of "will not".'
someone who has no home or job and lives by asking other people for money
to speak quietly and in a way that is not clear so that the words are difficult to understand
too proud and considering yourself to be very important
a person who wants to be like someone else, esp. someone famous, or who wants to be thought of as famous
to get axed
1. to get fired
2. to get taken off from TV
(slit - slit)
to make a long, straight, narrow cut in something
to injure someone with a sharp pointed object such as a knife
- 'A hero will be praised forevermore for his great deeds.'
a great change, especially causing or involving much difficulty, activity, or trouble
- 'I'm not sure it's worth the upheaval of moving to gain just a little more space.'
a large area of flat land
ferocious and forceful, like a lion
a yellow, bell-shaped flower with a long stem that is commonly seen in the spring
required by law or a rule; obligatory
very great in amount, scale, or intensity
cat got your tongue?
used to compel someone to speak, say something, or give a response when they are (unusually) quiet
= why are you not saying anything?
relaxed and easy-going
to dot your i's
to cross your t's
to do something very carefully and in a lot of detail
attractive because of being unusual and especially old-fashioned
unsophisticated and socially awkward
a thing said or done that serves as a signal to an actor or other performer to enter or to begin their speech or performance
to represent a quality or an idea exactly
- 'She embodied good sportsmanship on the playing field.'
looking bright and attractive but in fact cheap and of low quality
- 'tawdry jewellery'
to be, or do something, better than someone else
a person who is able to work effectively without regularly needing to be told what to do
an early plan or design that explains how something might be achieved
- 'their blueprint for economic reform'
showing contempt or lack of respect
warts and all
including features or qualities that are not appealing or attractive
free from an obligation or liability imposed on others
to make something bad seem acceptable by hiding the truth
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; a contempt
a ritual, ceremony
a formal speech that praises a person who has died
- 'The time is nigh (= it is nearly time) for us to make a decision.'
- 'She must have written nigh on (= nearly but not quite) 50 books.'
1. an uncertain situation that you cannot control and in which there is no progress or improvement
2. an imaginary place for lost or forgotten things
to writhe [around/about]
to make large twisting movements with the body (like in agony)
Depravity goes beyond mere bad behavior — it is a total lack of morals, values, and even regard for other living things, like the depravity of a serial killer.
= moral corruption, wickedness
the act of digging something out of the ground where it has been buried
to make a long, high cry, usually because of pain or sadness
to be enough
a small axe
to move or pass quickly and rapidly (time)
- 'To most, life is fleeting; to me, it is quagmire.'
to stick onto or hold something or someone tightly, or to refuse to stop holding it, him, or her
- 'I cling to life by the thinnest thread.'
well arranged or organized
- 'She put the letters in three orderly piles.'
a sign of something about to happen
to save goods from damage or destruction, especially from a ship that has sunk or been damaged or a building that has been damaged by fire or a flood
inspiring a feeling of wonder or delight; marvellous.
- 'this wondrous city'
to wriggle or twist the body from side to side, especially as a result of nervousness or discomfort
a person, thing, or fact that is very different from other people, things, or facts, so that it cannot be used to draw general conclusions
- 'People who live past 100 are genetic outliers, whose longevity is unreachable for most of us.'
to dish on someone
to gossip about someone
To spew is to forcefully expel something, the way a volcano spews hot lava when it erupts, or the way you might spew soda from your mouth if your friend makes you laugh right after you take a big gulp.
- 'Ah yes, I remember spewing idle words.'