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to agree to accept a challenge; to start to do something that is very difficult

to take on

2

to underestimate one’s abilities; to believe that one cannot do something when one actually can

to sell (oneself) short

3

to be a very bad dancer; to be unable to use one’s body gracefully or elegantly

to have two left feet

4

not able to control the movements of one’s body in a graceful, purposeful way; not able to move one’s arms and legs as one would like to, especially not at the same time

uncoordinated

5

one’s ability to feel the beats (regular strong points) of a song and move one’s body or play an instrument in accordance with them

sense of rhythm

6

prepared and qualified to do something; with the qualifications or characteristics needed to do something well

cut out for

7

to make plans or worry about what will happen in the future before one has dealt with what needs to be done right now; to focus on the future more than the present, especially when completing a task

to get ahead of (oneself)

8

to relax and become less tense or stiff, especially in one’s muscles

to loosen up

9

to gently and slowly move back and forth

to sway

10

to purposefully move one’s hips (the side of one’s body above the leg and below one’s waist), usually while dancing

to swing (one’s) hips

11

individual movements with one’s feet while dancing; how one is supposed to move one’s feet and body while dancing

dance step

12

a memorized series of dance steps used to dance to a particular piece of music as part of a performance; choreography

dance routine

13

later; in the future; eventually

down the line

14

a plan or dream that is impossible and cannot be achieved

pipe dream

15

a word used to show that one does not believe what another person has said, and that it has no meaning or logic

nonsense

16

easy; without trying

effortless

17

hippopotamus; a large, hairless animal with a big belly, very short legs, and a big head that spends most of its time in the water, often used to describe people who are not graceful or elegant

hippo

18

an organized effort to respond to unplanned events where people or property are in danger

emergency response

19

a person whose job is to put out large fires

firefighter

20

a person who is respected and admired because he or she helps others

hero

21

a person who has no value or use; a person who does not make contributions to society; a loser

zero

22

to imprison; to force someone to stay in a jail or prison as a punishment

to incarcerate

23

an event that causes great, widespread destruction

catastrophe

24

notable disaster that causes extensive damage and distress

calamity

25

an occurrence that causes a major widespread damage and destruction

disaster

26

in order that; to the extent that

so that

27

a sudden feeling of extra energy in response to some emergency, with the adrenaline hormone giving one extra energy to either fight an enemy or to run away from some danger

adrenaline rush

28

to try to make a large fire stop burning; to put out a large fire

to fight fires

29

an area of land with many rocks or stones

rocky terrain

30

an area of land covered with sand, like a beach

sandy terrain

31

approximately; within the range of

anywhere between

32

equipment; tools and other items needed to perform a certain type of task

gear

33

a phenomenon when there is more water than usual in rivers, so they overflow, and water covers streets and gets into homes and buildings that normally remain dry

flood

34

an organized attempt to find and help someone who is lost and/or in danger

search-and-rescue operation

35

to apply; to submit papers to ask for a job

to put in an application

36

to agree to give someone a job; to agree to make someone one’s employee

to hire

37

the name and contact information for a person who can provide additional information, especially about someone’s qualifications or experience

reference

38

to say good things about someone or something; to indicate that someone is a good person or that something will be a good choice

to vouch for

39

reliable, trustworthy, and good

solid

40

to say something good about a person or to recommend someone for an opportunity in an informal way

to put in a good word

41

words or actions that make one feel more certain that something will happen in a particular way

assurance

42

personality; the personal characteristics that seem to be a permanent characteristic of a person, not learned over time, especially how one shows one’s emotions

temperament

43

one’s commitment to working hard and finishing what one has started; one’s commitment to a job or project

work ethic

44

at work; through experience in a particular position, not by reading about something or listening to others talk about it

on the job

45

a person who learns things very quickly and does not need a lot of instruction or guidance

quick study

46

to rationalize; to provide a logical reason for something; to be able to explain what has happened in a way that makes sense to oneself and others

to justify

47

to choose not to have or do something because one is having or doing something else

to pass up

48

with the necessary skills, experience, and knowledge for a position or opportunity; meeting all the qualifications of something

qualified

49

very strong praise for a person or thing; full support and recommendation for someone or something

ringing endorsement