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1

naught

nothing

- 'All our efforts were for naught.'

2

to bring somebody to heel

to force someone to obey you

3

a milquetoast

a shy, timid or submissive person

4

to be in the ballpark

to be close to the right amount

- 'And do you think the projected sales figures are realistic?' 'They're in the ballpark.'

5

to have a nerve

mieć czelność

- 'You’ve got a nerve, implying that it was all my fault.'

6

to second

to agree or support a statement

- I could use a drink.' 'I second that (= I agree with you)!.'

7

furtively

in a way that attempts to avoid notice or attention; secretively

8

adamant

impossible to persuade, or unwilling to change an opinion or decision
*adamantly

9

to stay put

to remain in the same place or position

10

straightforward

easy to understand or simple

11

skittish

(of people and animals) nervous or easily frightened

12

a tribulation

a cause of great trouble or suffering

13

to file away

to place in a container for keeping records

- 'File these bills and photos, please.'

14

to set in stone

to be very difficult or impossible to change

15

to swell

to become larger and rounder than usual; to (cause to) increase in size or amount
* If music swells, it becomes louder.

16

copacetic

in excellent order

17

a thingamabob

a word used, especially in spoken English, when the name of an object has been forgotten

18

penance

an act that shows that you feel sorry for something that you have done

- 'As a penance, she said she would buy them all a box of chocolates.'

19

abysmal

very bad

20

an ailment

an illness

21

riveting

extremely interesting

22

to debrief

to question someone in detail about work they have done for you

- 'The pilots were thoroughly debriefed after every mission.'

23

an infirmary

a hospital

24

conniving

A conniving person deceives others for their own advantage

- 'He's a conniving bastard!'

25

to have the stones to do sth

to have balls to do sth; courage

26

to grasp at straws

to make a desperate attempt at saving oneself

27

to wither on the vine

If something withers on the vine, it is destroyed very gradually, usually because no one does anything to help or support it

28

a cabal

a secret political clique or faction

29

amiss

not quite right; inappropriate or out of place

- 'There was something amiss about his calculations.'

30

ixnay

Used in rejecting something specified.

- 'Ixnay to corporate control!'

31

leverage

power to influence people and get the results you want

32

to keep (someone) on ice

to postpone or delay acting on or interacting with a person

33

bereft

(of a person) sad and lonely, especially through someone's death or departure

34

telegenic

(especially of a person) appearing attractive on television

35

derogatory (adj.)

showing strong disapproval and not showing respect

36

a mare

(offensive of) a woman

37

to congeal

to change from a liquid or soft state to a thick or solid state

- 'The blood had congealed in thick black clots.'

38

irksome

irritating; annoying

39

to fence in

to limit someone’s freedom

40

to scupper

to cause something such as a plan or an opportunity to fail

- 'Arriving late for the interview scuppered my chances of getting the job.'

41

to pilfer

to steal things of small value

42

reams of sth

a large quantity of something

43

a chaperone

an adult who takes care of child actors when they are working

44

to divulge

to make something secret known

- 'Journalists do not divulge their sources.'

45

to spearhead

to lead something such as an attack

- 'British troops spearheaded the invasion.'

46

to go through the motions

to do something without thinking it is very important or having much interest in it

47

good riddance

(spoken as:) Good to be rid of worthless persons or things

48

to low

to make the deep, long sound of a cow

49

queasy

likely to vomit

50

to rekindle

to make someone have a feeling that they had in the past

- 'The holiday was the last chance to rekindle their love.'

51

to table

to delay discussion of a subject

- 'The suggestion was tabled for discussion at a later date.'

52

a change of heart

If you have a change of heart, you change your opinion or the way you feel about something:

53

point-blank

saying something very clearly in very few words, without trying to be polite or pleasant

- 'He asked me to work at the weekend, but I refused point-blank.'

54

to be on the ball

to be quick to understand and react to things

- 'I didn't sleep well last night and I'm not really on the ball today.'

55

flamboyant

very confident in behaviour, and liking to be noticed by other people, for example because of the way you dress, talk

56

a receptacle

a container used for storing or putting objects in

57

square (adj.)

equal; ​
If two people are all square, one of them has paid off a debt to the other and neither now owes or is owed any money.

58

to brief

to give someone detailed instructions or information

- 'We had already been briefed about/on what the job would entail.'

59

in a jiff

a very short time; a moment

- 'I'll have breakfast ready in a jiff.'

60

insolvent

(especially of a company) not having enough money to pay debts, buy goods, etc.

61

to line up

to organise or arrange for something to be done

- 'Lee had already lined up a good lawyer to handle his case.'

62

to snap

to suddenly become unable to control a strong feeling, especially anger

- 'When she asked me to postpone my trip to help her move to her new house, I just snapped (= got angry).'

63

to bluster

to speak in a loud, angry, or offended way, usually with little effect

64

to kip / a kip [S/U]

sleep

- 'I must get some kip.'

65

pertinent

relating directly to the subject being considered

'a pertinent remark'

Note: The opposite is irrelevant.

66

to bamboozle

to trick or confuse (someone)

67

cooped up

If you say that someone is cooped up, you mean that they live or are kept in a place which is too small, or which does not allow them much freedom.

68

to right a wrong (wrongs)

to correct something bad or wrong that someone has done

69

flowery

(of speech or writing) full of elaborate or literary words and phrases

70

a sorority

a society for female students in a university or college.

71

to stoop

to bend the top half of the body forward and down

- 'Something fell out of her coat pocket and she stooped down and picked it up.'

72

to iron out sth

to put something into a finished state by solving problems, removing differences, or taking care of details

73

probation

a period of time when a criminal must behave well and not commit any more crimes in order to avoid being sent to prison

74

haze

something such as heat or smoke in the air that makes it less clear, so that it is difficult to see well

75

to get the wrong end of the stick

to not understand a situation correctly

76

a boon

something that is very helpful and improves the quality of life

77

unfettered

not limited by rules or any other controlling influence

- 'Poets are unfettered by the normal rules of sentence structure.'

78

to enshrine

to contain or keep something as if in a holy place

- 'A lot of memories are enshrined in this photograph album.'

79

perfunctory

done quickly, without taking care or interest

80

a pariah

a person who is not accepted by a social group

81

to loom

to appear as a large, often frightening or unclear shape or object

- 'Dark storm clouds loomed on the horizon.'

82

a gurney

a light bed on wheels used to move patients in a hospital

83

an impostor

a person who pretends to be someone else in order to deceive others

84

a wake

an occasion when the family and friends of a dead person meet after a dead person has been buried to drink and talk about the person's life

85

coy (adj.)

intentionally keeping something secret

- 'She's very coy about her age.'

86

destitute

extremely poor and lacking the means to provide for oneself

- 'The charity cares for destitute children.'

87

a fringe

the outer or less important part of an area, group, or activity

- 'the southern fringe of the city'

88

knackered

extremely tired

89

needless to say

of course, as you would expect

90

to abscond

to go away suddenly and secretly in order to escape from somewhere

91

an accomplice

a person who helps someone else to commit a crime or to do something morally wrong

92

flimsy

very thin, or easily broken or destroyed

93

to gird (up) one's loins

to prepare and strengthen oneself for future actions, typically ones that may be dangerous or difficult

94

to take the piss (out of) sb

to make a joke about someone or make someone look silly

95

to confer with sb

to exchange ideas on a particular subject, often in order to reach a decision on what action to take

- 'I need some time to confer with my lawyer.'

96

a qualm

an uncomfortable feeling when you doubt if you are doing the right thing

- 'She had no qualms about lying to the police.'

97

absence makes the heart grow fonder

This means that when people we love are not with us, we love them even more.

98

on the fly

while in motion or progress

99

game

willing to do things that are new, difficult, or that involve risks

100

intermittent

not happening regularly or continuously; stopping and starting repeatedly or with periods in between

- 'intermittent rain'