a group of singers who perform together, for example in a church or school: the church/school choir, choir practice, He sings in a church choir.
made of flowers, or decorated with pictures of flowers: a pretty floral dress
a game in which two teams throw and catch a ball using long sticks with nets at the end, and try to score goals
please reply: used on written invitations to ask the person invited to say whether they can go to a social event or not
to respond to an invitation
Roberta Brooke Astor was an American philanthropist and socialite who was the chairwoman of the Vincent Astor Foundation, which had been established by her third husband, Vincent Astor.
to wed a partner with a social status well above one's own.
a short sound like the sound when you press a switch: The door closed behind him with a click.
to make an object make this short sound: The policeman clicked the handcuffs around his wrists. The young soldier clicked his heels and saluted.
Red eye, black eye, and dead eye are variants of fortified coffee drinks in which espresso is combined with normal drip coffee.
1. to talk for a long time in a confused way, especially about other things instead of the subject that you should be talking about. 2. to go for a long walk in the countryside for enjoyment
a strong feeling of love that seems silly, especially because you do not know the other person very well
a feeling of love and admiration for someone, often someone you know you cannot have a relationship with: It wasn't really love, just a schoolgirl crush. I had the biggest crush on Joe all through high school.
A term orginating in Atlanta that, in the beginning, referred to a short person or child, but the span of the word has grown to include any and all people, especially a girl that is attractive.
a very attractive person, a perfect ten
a leather container for a gun, that is fixed to a belt
to make something fresher, cleaner, or more attractive: Brushing your teeth freshens your mouth. She quickly freshened her makeup.
a substance that is used for making a room smell nice
to laugh quietly, especially in a private or secret way: As she read her book, she chuckled softly.
what's that supposed to mean?
used when you are annoyed or offended by something that someone has just said: "I just assumed you wouldn't know." "Well, what's that supposed to mean?"
a large meal
to eat and drink a lot on a special occasion
feast your eyes on
to take great pleasure in looking at someone or something: If you're looking for new kitchen utensils, feast your eyes on these goodies.
the amount of fish caught in a net
to pull or carry something heavy from one place to another with a lot of effort: Rescue workers attached the men to ropes before hauling them to safety.
a type of board used for building houses, furniture, etc., made from thin layers of wood that are fixed together using glue
to have sex. This phrase is used when you want to avoid saying this directly: She says they spent the night together but they didn't actually do it.
a piece of clothing made of thick cotton that you wear on the upper part of your body for exercise or informal activities
to have to leave a school because your work is not satisfactory: Marie has flunked out of college.
good personal qualities, especially the qualities of being brave and determined when doing something difficult: She had to stand up and make a speech to 500 people, so it was quite a test of character. The team showed real character in coming back from behind like that.
1. a small building where pigs are kept on a farm. 2. a very messy or dirty room. 3. an infection of the eyelid that makes it red and painful
used for writing the sound that people make when they realize that something has gone wrong: Uh-oh! I think we've fouled up the numbers.
lay someone off
to end someone's employment, especially temporarily, because there is not enough work for them: They've had to cut back production and lay off workers.
lay off someone/something
to stop doing something that is annoying someone: Lay off! I'm trying to study. Just lay off complaining for a minute!
lay off something
to stop doing or using something, especially for a short period of time: I had to lay off the medication for a while to see if that was causing my headaches.
a medical operation in which skin is taken from one part of someone's body and put on another part of their body where skin has been damaged
if a process takes, it is successful: The vaccination didn't take properly. I don't think your cuttings will take in this soil.
join in something
to do an activity with people who are already doing it: She laughed and Tom joined in. Pat didn't feel like joining in the celebrations.
1. done, obtained, or announced before a particular time or event: We require 30 days' advance notice if you wish to cancel your membership. There was no advance warning before the earthquake hit. advance reservations/tickets. 2. sent to a place before a larger group that will arrive later: an advance party/team/unit
advanced technology, an advanced communications system, advanced nations, advanced mathematics, advanced undergraduate courses, an advanced student, an advanced illness, She is very advanced for her age.
a place where you go to protect yourself from something dangerous or threatening: a refuge for earthquake victims
to behave in a way that makes you feel more comfortable in an unpleasant situation: To avoid an argument, he sought refuge in silence. Residents took refuge from the bombing in the local church.
locked and loaded
Originated in the military and meant that your M-16 had the magazine in place and was ready to fire. The order to "lock and load" means to get ready for action. If you are "locked and loaded", it means you are ready for whatever comes next.
an arrangement between two or more people, groups, or countries by which they agree to work together to achieve something: an alliance between conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans. Independent companies are encouraged to form strategic alliances to help them compete. a marketing campaign by Apple in alliance with other names
1. a department in a police force that deals with a particular type of crime: the drugs squad. 2. a small group of soldiers who do a particular job: the bomb squad. 3. a sports team
used for getting the attention of a noisy group of people: Hey, listen up everybody!
evacuate: If the alarm sounds, all students should evacuate immediately. We were all evacuated because of a bomb scare. Over 10,000 refugees have now been evacuated to neighboring countries.
search and rescue
the process of looking for people who are lost and may need medical treatment, especially after an accident: The search and rescue operation is underway.
in/out of the public eye
well known or not well known to people in general: Her job keeps her in the public eye. They insist on keeping their children out of the public eye.
keep it tight
not be sloppy or loose
classified information is officially secret and allowed to be known by only a few people connected with the government or military
to arrive in large numbers or amounts: Thousands of dollars rolled in on the first day of our fundraiser. The tanks rolled in and took control of the capital city.
the chances of something happening: The odds of getting hit by a falling satellite are very small. (The) odds are they won't succeed. What are the odds Jim will show up this time?
to notice that someone is affected by a particular feeling from the way that they are speaking: He heard the bitterness in her voice.
the feeling or appearance of being confident or very certain about something: "Everything will be fine," she said, though without much conviction. The team's recent performances have lacked conviction.
all the time: He thinks about her 24/7.
...and stuff (like that)
used for referring to things that are similar or related to the subject that you are discussing: We need some meat and stuff for dinner. She wants us to smile more, and stuff like that.
a long thin piece that was cut or torn from something: shreds of newspaper
to cut or tear food into long thin pieces
a shirt worn as part of a uniform in sports such as football
it's just that...
used when you are explaining your reaction to something: I do believe you. It's just that I'm a little bit surprised.
the feeling that you are as important as other people and that you deserve to be treated well: patients suffering from depression and low self-esteem
used for comparing someone or something with all the other people or things of the same type that have ever existed: Bogart has got to be one of the all-time greats. Interest rates are at an all-time high. the all-time worst player
back on your feet
well or successful again after being sick or having problems: Jim's hoping he'll be back on his feet by next week. The new measures are intended to get the business back on its feet.
a bar in an engine, fixed to a cam
a small thin piece of something: slivers of glass: a sliver of cheese: A sliver of light fell across Sue's bed.
up to someone
1. if something is up to you, you are the person who makes a decision about it: Do you want to stay or go? It's up to you. 2. if something is up to you, you are responsible for doing it: It's up to all of us to try to solve the problems in our neighborhoods.
to die because you cannot breathe, or to kill someone in this way: Many of the victims either burned to death or suffocated. The men tried to suffocate him with a plastic bag.
1. a person or organization that guards or protects something: They saw themselves as the guardians of morality. 2. someone who is legally responsible for another person such as a child whose parents have died
1. used as a familiar form of address: you'll be okay, kiddo. 2. child, kid
1. to love someone very much: She absolutely adores her nieces and nephews. 2. to like something very much: I simply adore strawberry ice cream. He adores going to parties.
a more vague term than crush, meaning you feel more indifferent about that person. However you wouldn't mind dating them.
very detailed and complicated: The government's new healthcare plan is the most elaborate yet.