Flashcards in Deck 16 Deck (100):
to perch (in, on, etc.) sth
to sit on or near the edge of something
- 'We perched on bar stools and had a beer.'
great energy, enthusiasm, and enjoyment that is experienced by someone taking part in an activity, especially a performance
- 'Everyone joined in the singing with great gusto.'
to run amok
to behave without control in a wild or dangerous manner
the fact that an animal hunts, kills, and eats other animals
a situation in which there are too many cows or other animals eating grass in an area, which damages the environment
a place where a boat is or can be anchored
to cause something, especially a problem or difficulty /= stanowić
- 'Nuclear weapons pose a threat to everyone.'
to double back
to turn and go back in the direction you have come from
to shine by reflecting light from a wet or smooth surface
to free from something
- 'I want to rid the house of mice.'
suddenly and unexpectedly
a very small, thin piece of something, usually broken off something larger
- 'a sliver of glass'
- 'Just a sliver of cake for me, please - I shouldn't really be having any.'
to partly close your eyes in order to see more clearly
appearing foolish and unseemly; lacking in dignity
being one only; single
to agree or have the same opinion
- 'The new report concurs with previous findings.'
An innate quality or ability is one that you were born with, not one you have learned
being an extremely important and basic characteristic of a person or thing
- 'Maths is an intrinsic part of the school curriculum.'
encourage the development of (something, especially something desirable)
- 'The teacher's task is to foster learning.'
very good at noticing and understanding things that many people do not notice
large in size, value, or importance
to be or give a typical example of something
- 'This painting perfectly exemplifies the naturalistic style which was so popular at the time.'
to make do
to manage to live without things that you would like to have or with things of a worse quality than you would like
- 'We didn't have cupboards so we made do with boxes.'
the fact of finding interesting or valuable things by chance
= fortunate happenstance
to run out of steam
to suddenly lose the energy or interest to continue doing what you are doing
in some respects
with regard to some or many details /= w pewien sposób
- 'In some respects, Anne's comments are similar to yours.'
a wise saying
-'He remembered the old adage "Look before you leap".'
confirm or give support to (a statement, theory, or finding)
- 'The witness had corroborated the boy's account of the attack.'
used to refer to places that are a great distance away, or something that is spread over a very large area
- 'She has travelled to the most far-flung corners of the word.'
as distinct from
used for showing that you want to consider something separately from something else /= tak różny od
- 'Each pebble is distinct from the other.'
to place or lay one thing over another, typically so that both are still evident
to move or travel through an area
- 'Stanley traversed the continent from west to east.'
to very much respect and admire someone or something
lasting for only a short time; temporary; impermanent
(of a voice or a person) having a rough voice, often because of a sore throat or a cold
If you describe something as pared-down, you mean that it has no unnecessary features, and has been reduced to a very simple form.
changed in color or form over a period of time because of the effects of sun, wind, rain, or other conditions in the air
(of a plant) to become weak and begin to bend towards the ground
(of a person) to become weaker, tired, or less confident
in the light of sth
to make a name for oneself (by)
to become famous or respected by a lot of people
to scrape (the bottom of) the barrel
to use the worst people or things because that is all that is available
(of a strong alcoholic drink) without anything, such as water or ice or another drink, added to it
- 'She likes her whiskey neat.'
to do something awkwardly, especially when using your hands
- 'I fumbled with the lock.'
happy, confident, and enthusiastic
sad, or causing sadness or emotional suffering
- 'a dolorous face'
to be very angry, sometimes without expressing it
- 'I saw her a week after they'd had the argument and she was still fuming.'
easily influenced or harmed by something
- 'She isn't very susceptible to flattery.'
to spoil something by adding a harmful substance, or to spoil people's opinion of someone
- 'His reputation was permanently tainted by the financial scandal.'
to spoil something that is pure or someone's perfect reputation
strong dislike, opposition, or anger
- 'Of course we're competitive, but there's no personal animosity between us.'
over the counter
by ordinary retail purchase, with no need for a prescription or licence
having a very bright or beautiful appearance
to get behind
to fail to do as much work or pay as much money as you should by a particular time
- 'She got behind with her mortgage and the house was repossessed.'
Something that is peerless is better than any other of its type
a last-ditch attempt/effort
an effort or attempt that is made at the end of a series of failures to solve a problem, and is not expected to succeed
very formal and correct in behaviour and easily shocked by anything rude
an expression used when one wants to indicate that one is very grateful for something
to hate someone or something
moving or behaving in a way that is not regular, certain, or expected
- 'She can be very erratic; one day she is friendly and the next she'll hardly speak to you.'
to increase the size or value of something by adding something to it
(of an appetite or desire) impossible to satisfy
threats used to force a person to do something
- 'He claimed that he signed the confession under duress.'
a way of looking and behaving /=usposobienie, sposób bycia
- 'The boss has a calm, reassuring demeanor.'
(up) to the hilt
If you do something to the hilt, you do it in the strongest and most complete way that you can.
silly or stupid
(especially of a woman's face or voice) attractive in a way that suggests sexual desire
- 'She's the sultry blonde in that new chocolate commercial.'
to be hard up (for sth)
to not have enough of something important or valuable
- 'If you're so hard up for friends, why don't you join a club?'
to mull sth over
to think carefully about something for a long time
- 'I need a few days to mull things over before I decide if I'm taking the job.'
a mild expression, typically of surprise, enthusiasm, or sympathy
- 'Gee, Linda looks great at fifty!'
a small piece of sticky cloth or plastic that you use to cover and protect a cut in the skin
rough and with sharp points (eg. road, rock)
a small glass bottle, especially one containing liquid medicine
- 'a phial of poison'
on the sly
If you do something on the sly, you do it secretly because you should not be doing it
thought not to be completely true or not able to be trusted
- 'These claims are dubious and not scientifically proven.'
a problem that delays or interrupts something for a while, but does not usually cause serious difficulties
liking something a lot
- 'I have to say I'm not exactly enamoured with/of this part of the country.'
to use something
- 'I exercised my democratic right by not voting in the election.'
If an engine stalls, or if you stall it, it stops working suddenly and without you intending it to happen.
either of the two back limbs of an animal
a particular way of walking
- 'He walked with a slow stiff gait.'
relating to or occurring in a family or its members
- 'a familial disease'
the moment at which something unpleasant begins
- 'the onset of winter'
used to refer to board games, card games, and other physical games, rather than computer games
- 'tabletop football games'
to keep tabs on sth/sb
to watch something or someone carefully
- 'I like to keep tabs on my bank account so that I don't spend too much.'
to profess to/for
to state something, sometimes in a way that is not sincere
- 'He professed loved for her by giving her flowers.'
- 'She professed loved to him on their first date.'
a short, stiff hair, usually one of many
- 'My toothbrush has blue and white plastic bristles.'
entertainment that is not serious or valuable
a substance, such as salt, that you add to food to improve its taste
to surprise someone; to hit unexpectedly
- 'Matt blindsided Josh, knocking him to the pavement'
the obstruction of a process by diverting it from its intended course /=wykolejenie
*If a train derails or is derailed, it comes off the railway tracks.
to burn the surface of something with sudden very strong heat
- 'The heat from the explosion seared their hands and faces.'
People or things that repel you make you feel strongly that you do not want to be near, see, or think about them.
- 'This coat has a special surface that repels moisture.'
suffering severely from the effects of something unpleasant
- 'a poverty-stricken area'
- 'a grief-stricken family'
- 'He has been stricken with grief since the death of his wife.'
a walk of life
When people talk about walk(s) of life, they are referring to different types of jobs and different levels of society
- 'Members of the gym include lawyers, teachers, plumbers, and hairdressers - people from all (different) walks of life.'
a trick intended to deceive someone
- 'It was just a ruse to distract her while his partner took the money.'
If a government repeals a law, it causes that law no longer to have any legal force
unhappy and with no hope or enthusiasm
something that provides help and support and that you depend on, often too much
- 'As an atheist, he believes that religion is just an emotional crutch for the insecure.'