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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"
by scummy | 2009-02-08 21:48 | CAE

word bank #128

I'm not going shopping yet. It's pelting down with rain outside.
pelt down: "to rain heavily"

1. Industry is located on the east side of the town and the residential area is in the north.

2. Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Queen of England.

3. The residents of the village have been collecting money for a local charity.

She's had to cancel the concert due to the fact that she's lost her voice.
"to lose your voice"
by scummy | 2009-02-08 21:36 | CPE

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"
by scummy | 2009-02-08 21:35 | CAE

word bank #127

I had so many reports to plought through at work that I didn't get home until late at night.
plough through: "to do something that takes a lot of time"

1. He's studying to be a nutritionist at a local college.

2. We all need certain nutrients in order to stay healthy.

3. Most fast food is eaten for its convenience, not for its nutritional qualities.

I'm sorry but I can't bend the rules for you just because we are related. If I allowed you time off I'd have to do it for everyone.
"to bend the rule"
by scummy | 2009-02-08 21:32 | CPE

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"
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"
by scummy | 2008-09-23 14:13 | CAE

word bank #106

Be very careful when you cross the road or you might get knocked down by a car.
knock down: "to collide with a pedestrian in a car with possibly serious results"

1. The customs official asked her to confirm her nationality so she told him she was Italian.

2. A nationalist is somebody who has a great love of their country.

3. She went to the celebration wearing her national dress.

Could you draw the curtains please? The sun's shining in my eyes.
"to draw the curtains"
by scummy | 2008-09-23 14:12 | FCE

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"
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:23 | CAE

word bank #105

Thanks for stepping in when you did. I was very close to losing my temper.
step in: "to help out in a difficult situation"

1. Did you vote in the last election?

2. He became Managing Director despite being unelected. He was simply appointed by the President.

3. The electoral system is often criticized for being unfair.

You will save yourself a lot of time if you catch a taxi home tonight.
"to save time"
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:21 | FCE

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"
by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:18 | CAE


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