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word bank #24


I won't be a minute. I'm just going to dash off a letter to my bank.
dash off: "to do a piece of writing quickly"


1. You haven't got any intention whatsoever of doing you homework, have you?

2. I'm sorry I forgot to pick you up at the station. Don't take it personally, it was completely unintentional.

3. I'd never do anything to upset you intentionally.


Two leading city bankers have joined forces to take over the struggling company.
"to join forces"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-03-31 00:56 | CAE

word bank #77

Her fear of the dentist stems from an upsetting experience she had as a child.
stem from: "to originate"


1. I found that aerobics session absolutely exhausting. I can't move a muscle.

2. She is suffering from exhaustion after spending 4 hours playing in the final of the tennis tournament.

3. The witness gave the police a complete and exhaustive account of the accident.


1. He has a strange sense of humour and nobody finds his jokes in the least bit funny.

2. I just can't make sure of her handwriting. It's totally illegible.

3. Come on! Use your common sense. You know it's dangerous to cross the road without looking.
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-03-31 00:56 | CPE

word bank #24

It was a really funny joke and the whole class burst out laughing.
burst out laughing: "to start laughing out loud"


1. I love to have relaxing bath after I get home from work.

2. The doctor told her about the various forms of relaxation that she could practice.

3. I feel really relaxed and confident about this year's exams.


Sorry I'm late sir. I missed the bus this morning.
"to miss the bus"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-03-31 00:55 | FCE

word bank #23

I fell over in town today and hurt my knee.
fall over: "to fall to the ground"


1. Have you succeeded in contacting our client?

2. Sadly, the doctors were unsuccessful in saving the man's life.

3. The climbers successfully reached the summit at 7.00 last night and celebrated with a cup of tea.


Come on, tell the truth. Did you break it on purpose or was it an accident?
"to tell the truth"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-03-28 23:05 | FCE

word bank #76

He dabbled in politics whilst he was at university but never really had any political ambitions.
dabble in: "to take part in an activity but not seriously"


1. I was reading this horrific story in the newspaper about animal experimentation.

2. He made some horrendous errors of judgement during his time with the organisation.

3. I was horrified when I heard the company were planning to make most of its employees redundant.


1. After all the problems they had been through, the couple decided to move to Spain and make a fresh start.

2. John's so funny. He's like a breath of fresh air in this boring office.

3. She joined the company fresh out of college at the age of 18.
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-03-28 23:02 | CPE

word bank #23

The children kept asking their parents for sweets until in the end they wore them down and got what they wanted.
wear down: "to weaken someone's resistance to something"


1. He hasn't got the slightest conception of what it's like to bring up children.

2. It's inconceivable that she should get promotion. She is one of the laziest people I know.

3. We could conceivably get the project finished by the end of the year but it won't be easy.


I agree with a lot of what you've said but I have to take issue with your views on immigration.
"to take issue"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-03-28 23:02 | CAE

like water, dirt cheap, make a cheque out

a) Do you think Sally's won the lottery or something? She's been spending money like water.

b) If they keep spending money like water they'll end up getting into serious debt.

If you spend money 'like water' it means you spend it freely without control.


a) I bought this jacket in the sales. It was dirt cheap.

b) I never really get a good bargain but the camera I bought on holiday was dirt cheap.

If something is 'dirt cheap' it means it is inexpensive and often a bargain.


a) Could you make the cheque out to 'Gilberts' and write your name on the back?

b) I've got less of a need to make out cheques since I got my debit card.

If you 'make a cheque out' to someone you make it payable to them.
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-03-28 23:01

word bank #75

She found it very difficult to blot out the memory of the car crash and spent many sleepless nights thinking about the incident.
blot out: "to stop yourself from remembering something"


1. The Government have appointed three people to act as negotiators between the company and the trade unions.

2. We have drawn up a contract but we are flexible and the terms are negotiable if you wish to make any alternations.

3. Latest reports are that negotiations between the two countries are progressing smoothly.


1. The film was very sentimental and several members of the audience were near to tears.

2. That's not the exact amount but it's near enough.

3. I'm afraid we're nowhere near having enough money for that table.
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-03-27 22:27 | CPE

word bank #22

John has decided to set up in business selling computer software.
set up: " to start a business"


1. I've just noticed the paintwork on my car is scratched.

2. He works in the building industry as a painter and decorator.

3. We need a nice, big painting for that wall in the living room.


The best cure for hiccups is to hold your breath and count to fifty.
"to hold your breath"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-03-27 22:26 | FCE

travel light, off the beaten track, thumb a lift

a) We decided to travel light and just took a few items of clothing.

b) If you're thinking of changing trains frequently I'd advise you to travel light.

If you 'travel light' you travel with very little luggage.


a) I stayed in this village well off the beaten track and there wasn't another tourist in sight.

b) You'll probably get to know the local people better if you stay somewhere off the beaten track.

'Off the beaten track' means isolated and away from the main towns and roads.


a) There were lots of people thumbing a lift but we couldn't stop as there wasn't any room in the car.

b) In some countries it isn't a good idea to try thumbing a lift.

If you 'thumb a lift' you hitch-hike.
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-03-27 22:25

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