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word bank #109

She must be rather insecure as every time I talk to her about work she always runs her colleagues down.
run down: "to criticise someone"


1. The Government are facing resistance from the trade unions over their plans to privatise the industry.

2. Scientists are working on a drug that will make people more resistant to the common cold.

3. The more he tried to forget her the more irresistible she became. He just couldn't get her out of his mind.


The opening page sets the scene and then the action starts almost immediately.
"to set the scene"
[PR]
by scummy | 2009-02-08 21:48 | CAE

word bank #108

We seem to be buying our daughter new clothes all the time. She grows out of everything so fast.
grow out of: "to become too big for something"


1. I've been feeling very tired lately. I don't seem to be able to sleep.

2. There is far too much lateness in this class. You'll all have to start getting up earlier in the morning.

3. I need this report today. Could you get it to my office by 4.00 at the latest?


Don't lose heart. I'm sure you'll pass your driving test eventually if you keep trying.
"to lose heart"
[PR]
by scummy | 2009-02-08 21:35 | CAE

word bank #107

You never wanted to take that job. Don't make out you're disappointed you failed the interview.
make out: "to give the impression that something is true when in fact it isn't"


1. You can't do three jobs at once. That's totally impractical.

2. You're practically old enough to drive. Why don't you think about saving up for lessons?

3. You need to practise regularly if you want to improve.


Everyone was celebrating the team's victory in town. All the drivers were blowing their car horns.
"to blow a (car) horn"
[PR]
by scummy | 2009-02-08 21:29 | CAE

word bank #106

It was really strong cheese and gave off this terrible smell that filled the whole house.
give off: "to emit a strong smell"


1. You're so inconsiderate! You never think about anyone else, do you?

2. Taking everything into consideration, it has been a pretty bad year for the manufacturing industry.

3. The holiday was considerably more expensive than we'd expected.


Yes, by all means give me a ring if you need any help. It won't be any trouble at all.
"by all means"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-09-23 14:13 | CAE

word bank #105

I've got so many things piling up at work. I might have to work late to get things finished.
pile up: "to accumulate"


1. My parents were always discouraging me from going into the theatre as a profession. They wanted me to be a doctor.

2. Our teacher gives us loads of encouragement when we feel a little fed up with our lessons. She really knows how to motivate us.

3. It was a very courageous decision to quit her job and start up her own business.


One day I hope to find work on a regular basis instead of the odd day here and there.
"a regular basis"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:23 | CAE

word bank #104

Somebody has been putting about a story that he's been cheating in exams. I'm sure it's not true.
put about: "to spread a rumour"


1. I prefer dealing with small companies. They aren't so impersonal as the larger ones who tend to treat everyone the same.

2. He does a really good impersonation of Elvis Presley. Have you ever seen him do it?

3. She's so lovely and has a great personality.


We don't have any firm evidence of government corruption but we strongly suspect someone is acting dishonestly.
"firm evidence"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:18 | CAE

word bank #103

I've got to go to the bank to draw some money out.
draw out: "to take money out of a bank account"


1. He is a top mathematician at Oxford University.

2. I'm sorry, but that's mathematically impossible. It can't add up to that.

3. She has a very mathematical method of working things out.


You shouldn't try to work so hard. Come on, face the truth. You aren't as young as you used to be.
"to face the truth"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:16 | CAE

word bank #102

As soon as I get in there's nothing I like better than to sink into the chair with a nice cup of coffee.
sink into: "to relax in a chair"


1. The result of the experiment turned out to be inconclusive. There was no real evidence one way or the other.

2. The study showed conclusively that smoking is bad for your health.

3. Your essay is fine apart from the conclusion, which is a little short.


You shouldn't try to work so hard. Come on, face the truth. You aren't as young as you used to be.
"to face the truth"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:12 | CAE

word bank #101

The Government claim that they can no longer afford to keep pumping money into the company and warn that it might have to close.
pump into: "to invest heavily in a project or organisation"


1. When you are doing a writing exercise, one of the most important things to consider is the level of formality required.

2. There's no need to wear a suit. We're trying to make the occasion very informal.

3. I'll be putting the new proposals formally to the Managing Director next week.


The key to our success has been that we've had a very committed workforce.
"the key to success"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:10 | CAE

word bank #100

She followed up an advertisement for a car that she had first seen in yesterday's newspaper.
follow up: "to try and find out more about something you have started to investigate"


1. I was completely mystifed by her strange attitude.

2. He was admitted to hospital with a mysterious illness. He must have caught a bug on holiday.

3. Will we ever understand the many mysteries of the universe?


Have we got a plan of action in case things go wrong on the day?
"a plan of action"
[PR]
by scummy | 2008-07-25 22:26 | CAE

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