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industrious /ɪnˈdʌs.tri.əs/, industriously, industriousness
describes a person who works hard:
She's extremely competent and industrious.
blunt /blʌnt/, blunt side (of a knife), bluntness
describes a pencil, knife, etc. that is not sharp, and therefore not able to write,cut, etc. well
sharpish /ˈʃɑː.pɪʃ/ (UK informal)
We'd better get out of here pretty sharpish.
precipitate /prɪˈsɪp.ɪ.teɪt/ (formal)
to make something happen suddenly or sooner than expected:
An invasion would certainly precipitate a political crisis.
Fear of losing her job precipitated (= suddenly forced) her into action.
a person who avoids doing what they should do:
a tax dodger
mutt /mʌt/ (mainly US, informal)
a person who behaves in a silly or careless way:
Come on you mutts, play harder!
difficult to do because the parts involved are small:
Repairing a watch is a very fiddly job.
I hate painting the fiddly bits in the corner.
an occasion when the family and friends of a dead person meet in order to lookat the dead body the night before it is buried, or when they meet after a deadperson has been buried to drink and talk about the person's life
I sometimes think that your mother is a little unhinged.
a painful burning feeling in the lower chest caused by the stomach notdigesting food correctly
1) [U] the fact that someone is legally responsible for something:
He denies any liability for the damage caused.
2) liabilities [plural] (specialized) debts:
The business has liabilities of £2 million.
to believe something that is not true, usually because you want it to be true:
He says there's a good chance she'll come back to him but I think he's kidding himself.
Drip-dry clothing can be hung up to dry and does not need to be ironed:
a drip-dry shirt
Get on the blower and invite him round.
to persuade someone in a clever or slightly dishonest way to allow you to do something or to give you something:
Somehow they managed to blag their way in.
There are often people heading my way so it's easy to blag a lift.
a sport in which rabbits are chased by dogs
to move in a way that is not regular or normal, especially making sudden movements backwards or forwards or from side to side:
The train lurched forward and some of the people standing fell over.
tart (very informal, disapproving)
a woman who intentionally wears the type of clothesand make-up that attract sexual attention in a way that is too obvious
a store that lends money in exchange for a valuable thing that they can sell if the person leaving it does not pay an agreed amount of money by an agreed time:
a pawnshop loan/owner
the violent killing of large numbers of people, especially in war:
The Battle of the Somme was a scene of dreadful carnage.
If a very loud noise deafens you, it makes you deaf, or makes you temporarily unable to hear the other sounds near you:
The explosion permanently deafened her in her right ear.
prat (UK informal)
someone who behaves stupidly or has little ability:
He looked a right prat in that pink suit.
You've made me spill my drink, you prat!
Occasionally I'll have a few too many drinks at a party and make a prat of myself (=behave stupidly).
bookie = bookmaker
a person who accepts and pays out amounts ofmoney risked on a particular result, especially of horse races
- 1) [plural] offensive for testicle
[U] offensive nonsense
That's a load of bollocks.Bollocks to that (= that's nonsense)!
to exchange ideas on a particular subject, often in order to reach a decision on what action to take:
I should like some time to confer with my lawyer.
a chewy sweet that usually has a fruit flavour
someone who searches for criminals or hunts animals in exchange for areward
chum (old-fashioned informal)
They were old school/college chums.[as form of address]
That's all right by me, chum.
a stupid or silly person:
Her husband is such a schmuck!
chap, chappie, chappy (UK informal, old-fashioned)
He's a friendly sort of a chap.
- the act of pressing or tearing the eye using the fingers or instruments.
- It involves a very high risk of eye injury, such as eye loss or blindness.