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a project; something that one tries to do, especially a challenging thing

undertaking

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an alternative plan; what one will do if one’s first plan is not possible or does not succeed

a backup plan

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something that might happen, especially one of several possibilities

contingency

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an obstacle that makes it difficult or impossible for one to continue or do what one wants to do

setback

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something that one can turn to for help in a difficult situation

recourse

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not vulnerable to errors or mistakes; guaranteed to work properly; without the possibility of something wrong happening

foolproof

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a phrase used to emphasize that one must succeed and that not succeeding is not allowed

failure is not an option

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another possibility that can be used in the place of something else

alternative

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a phrase used to emphasize that one does not want something to happen, or that something would be unthinkable, and one believes God should prevent it from happening

God forbid

10

an emergency door that allows one to escape from an airplane, space shuttle, or similar vehicle; a way out of a dangerous or difficult situation

escape hatch

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a phrase used to show that each person is responsible for his or her own future and cannot depend on other people for help or guidance

every man for himself

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a phrase used to mean that people are working together as part of a team, helping each other and achieving the same results

in this together

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a phrase used to tell someone to stay next to oneself and follow one’s example, with the understanding that one will help or protect that person

stick with me

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a phrase meaning that everything will be fine and there will not be any problems or obstacles

can’t go wrong

15

something that represents a disadvantage or something that takes away value; not an asset

liability

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certain to be a certain way; definitely; will be

bound to be

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someone who dies or is hurt (injured) in a war or an accident

casualty

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to be used or destroyed in reaching a goal or purpose

sacrificial lamb

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to trick, deceive, and betray someone; to do something to lose one’s trust

to double-cross

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small machines that can be carried easily, especially notebook computers, tablets, cell phones, and personal DVD players

portable electronic devices

21

the moment when an airplane leaves the ground and begins to fly

takeoff

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a notebook computer; a portable computer where the screen folds down over the keyboard

laptop

23

trouble; worry; excitement; involvement

fuss

24

rules and policies that people must follow

regulations

25

a message or data sent from a machine

signal

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to produce or send out, usually a sound or a light

to emit

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to become involved and create problems; to become an intrusion or obstacle

to interfere with

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a group of processes, procedures, and networks in which people and/or machines exchange information

communication system

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the practice of reading maps and instruments to determine where one is and how to go where one wants to go

navigation

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a small electronic device that performs many of the same functions as a computer, but it smaller, lightweight, and flat

tablet

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to be bored and have nothing to do; literally to hold one’s hands together and move one thumb (shortest and widest finger) around the other very quickly

to twiddle (one’s) thumbs

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Federal Aviation Administration; the U.S. government agency responsible for regulating aviation (flight)

FAA

33

to relax and become less controlling over something

to ease up

34

to shut down a computer or another machine that needs a little bit of time to turn off completely

to power down

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a signal showing that something is permissible, that one is allowed to do something, or that some danger has passed and everything is safe again

all clear

36

a rude, informal phrase used to tell someone to leave or go away

to take a flying leap

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pile; mound; a large number of objects that are resting on top of each other in an unordered pile

heap