Flashcards in Deck 21 Deck (100):
to take a rain check (on sth)
used to tell someone that you cannot accept an invitation now, but would like to do so at a later time
- 'Mind if I take a rain check on that drink? I have to work late tonight.'
theft of personal property
(of a person) unattractive in appearance
(especially of a criminal or dangerous animal) at liberty; escaped or not yet captured
a bachelor party
a party for a man who is going to get married, to which only his male friends are invited
the act of harming someone's reputation by saying or writing bad things about them
a coward (= person who is not brave)
(of behaviour or actions) not proper or appropriate
deep blue in colour like a clear sky
to formally and officially praise someone
a bearing on sth
- 'The case has no direct bearing on the issues being considered.'
a stupid or annoying man
to say something in a roundabout way
to say something indirectly
the act of obeying an order, rule, or request
inspiring disgust by being morally very bad
delicate and easily broken
very angry about unfair things that have happened to you
an exclamation to be used when finished wtih something
- 'I'm donezo!'
to bump uglies
to have sex
to play coy
to avoid giving a direct or complete answer
- 'When asked about his next book, he played coy.'
not having an obvious order or plan
- 'He tackled the problem in a typically haphazard manner.'
to spend a lot of time in the company of a particular group of people, especially people whose character is not approved of
- 'They claimed he had been consorting with drug dealers.'
an agreement that you do not have to pay or obey something
a feeling of being bored and mentally tired caused by having nothing interesting or exciting to do
to complain or express sadness about something
extremely brave and showing no fear of dangerous situations
by chance; possibly; perhaps
- 'Do you know her, perchance?'
a bee's knees
a highly admired person or thing
with the threads at the edge coming loose
to show or state that someone or something is not guilty of something
- 'The report exonerated the crew from all responsibility for the collision.'
a puzzling question
to hit the mark
be successful in an attempt or accurate in a guess
in the sticks
in the middle of nowhere
to have/keep several balls in the air
to try to do several different things at the same time
playfully quaint or fanciful, especially in an unusual and amusing way
to stop a discussion from developing by refusing to answer questions or by talking in such a way that you prevent other people from giving their opinions
If someone's behaviour is reprehensible, it is extremely bad or unacceptable
archaic form of yours
(of a voice or sound) high-pitched and piercing
used to tell someone to listen
- 'Hark, I hear a distant trumpet!'
same old same old
used to say that a situation or someone's behaviour remains the same, especially when it is boring or annoying
- 'Most people just keep on doing the same old same old every day.'
to walk in a proud way trying to look important
to stop doing something, especially something that someone else does not want you to do
- 'The soldiers have been ordered to desist from firing their guns.'
to hit someone or something hard
prevent or hinder the progress of
- 'The changes must not be allowed to stymie new medical treatments.'
to depart quickly or hurriedly; run away
calm, peaceful and untroubled; tranquil
fast and energetic in a rather wild and uncontrolled way
an intricacy - intricacies
details, especially of an involved or perplexing subject
a spider's web, especially when old and dusty
a situation or condition that is similar to what is wanted or expected, but is not exactly as hoped for
- 'The city has now returned to some semblance of normality after last night's celebrations.'
a celebutante /sɪˈlɛbjuːtɑːnt/
a celebrity who is well known in fashionable society
denoting beer or cider served from a barrel or tank rather than from a bottle or can
- 'draught ale'
a next of kin
the person or group of people you are most closely related to
A henpecked man is controlled by and a little frightened of a woman, especially his wife.
to try to force someone to do something by threatening them or persuading them forcefully and unfairly
- 'Don't be browbeaten into working more hours than you want.'
a person or thing vital to an enterprise or organisation
full of creases or wrinkles; wrinkled
to walk slowly and with difficulty because of having an injured or painful leg or foot
bold and without shame
a name that does not suit what it refers to, or the use of such a name
- 'It was the scruffiest place I've ever stayed in, so "Grand Hotel" was a complete misnomer.'
a metal instrument with two handles used in medical operations for picking up, pulling, and holding things
ready to do a particular thing at any moment
- 'The company is poised to launch its new advertising campaign.'
to go south
to make an escape; to disappear
- 'The mugger went South just after the crime.'
to kill someone by putting a metal wire or cord around their neck and pulling it
to defeat an opponent completely
to work around the clock
to work all day and all night long
a willingness to do or say something that shocks or upsets other people
- 'She had the temerity to call me a liar.'
on the lam
moving from place to place to avoid being found or caught
- 'Richard has been on the lam for a week now.'
an amount or supply that is not large enough
- 'a dearth of new homes in the region'
a small, black creature with a large head and long tail that lives in water and develops into a frog or toad
(of roads, rivers, branches, etc.) to divide into two parts
a shortened anglicised version of the French phrase à tout à l'heure which means goodbye.
to tinker with sth
to make small changes to something, especially in an attempt to repair or improve it
- 'I wish the government would stop tinkering with the health service.'
to collect information in small amounts and often with difficulty
- 'From what I was able to glean, the news isn't good.'
a servant or someone who behaves like one by obeying someone else's orders or by doing unpleasant work for them
covered with areas of different colours that do not form a regular pattern
- 'mottled skin'
a period during which a couple develop a romantic relationship before getting married
to be involved with (someone) romantically, with the intention of marrying
- 'He was courting a girl from the neighbouring farm.'
a sad and depressed state; low spirits
likely or wanting to do something
- 'No one seemed inclined to help.'
feeling likely to cry
a border between two countries
to (cause to) gradually disappear or waste
- 'The heat gradually dissipates into the atmosphere.'
- 'His anger dissipated as the situation became clear.'
to remain in one place in the air
to clamp down on sth
to take strong action to stop or limit a harmful or unwanted activity
- 'The government is clamping down on teenage drinking.'
the brunt of sth
the main force of something unpleasant
- 'Small companies are feeling the full brunt of the recession.'
an area surrounded by fences or walls
- 'an enclosure for the horses'
causing excitement or strong emotion; rousing
to examine something very carefully in order to discover information
to cop out
to avoid doing something that one ought to do
- 'He would not cop out of the difficult tax decisions.'
the cost or process of keeping something, such as a building, in good condition
- 'The upkeep of larger old properties is very expensive.'
a situation in which a lot of people complain about something angrily or make a lot of noise
- 'The book caused an uproar in France.'
the subject matter
the things that are being talked or written about, or used as the subject of a piece of art, etc.
- 'The subject matter of the documentary was not really suitable for children.'
to remove earth that is covering very old objects buried in the ground in order to discover things about the past
to move with a smooth wave-like motion
- 'Her body undulated to the thumping rhythm of the music.'