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adj. proficient; skilled; expert
I had lost my ticket, was soaked to the skin, and, to crown it all, discovered that my purse had been stolen.
- to crown it all UK INFORMAL
- used to say that something is the worst thing to happen in a series of unpleasant events
to run up/pay off an overdraft
The bank offers overdraft facilities.
an amount of money that a customer with a bank account is temporarily allowed to owe to the bank, or the agreement which allows this; amount overdrawn
When I had my first baby I was only in labour for three hours. But when I had my second baby, I was in hospital for 15 hours.
In labour is the period of time leading up to when the baby is born
During the birth the mother is helped by a special kind of nurse called a midwife.
a person, usually a woman, who is trained to help women when they are giving birth
your ambition knows no bounds
there is no limit to your goals or dreams
I want to run 26 miles, but I'm not sure I'm up to it.
good enough for a particular activity
All the children take after their dad
she certainly takes after her mother.
to look like someone in your family
When she was young she looked up to her parents. They were very good role models for her.
to respect or admire someone
She fell out with me after all these years over an invite to a party!
They were best friends for years but they fell out and now they don't even talk to each other.
have an argument or disagreement with someone and stop being friends with him or her
After years of being treated badly by her husband, she finally stood up to him and made him change his ways.
2; If you don't stand up to her, she'll just treat you like dirt.
refuse to accept unfair treatment or behaviour
When you look back on your life, what is your happiest memory?
When I look back on my childhood, I remember lots of laughter and a few tears too.
remember something that happened in the past
The boss really told me off for being late for the second time this week.
Her parents told her off for doing so badly in her exams this year.
talk to someone severely for doing something wrong
My car only does about 60 mph, even when it's going flat out.
We've been working flat out to get this done.
as fast or as hard as possible
I've really enjoyed your company
I've had fun spending time with you
‘Summer is by far and away the best time to visit England.
This means summer is a much, much better time to visit England than other times of the year.
He was by far and away the laziest student in class.
Which means he was much, much lazier than any other students in the class.