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Unit 11


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aggrieved
unhappy and angry because of unfair treatment
appalled
having strong feelings of shock or of disapproval
bespoke
specially made for a particular person
booth
a small area that is separated from a larger public area, especially used for doing something privately
bring to sb’s attention
If something is brought to your attention, you notice it.
catwalk
the narrow, raised path that people walk along in a fashion show
civil liberties
the rights of a person to do, think and say what they want if this does not harm other people
come as a (complete) surprise
When something comes as a surprise, you are not expecting it at all.
corduroy
a thick cotton material with soft raised parallel lines in one direction, used especially for making clothes
determine
to decide what will happen
draw sb’s attention to
If someone draws someone’s attention to something, they make them notice it.
dress code
a set of rules for what you can wear
dress-down Friday
a day when the employees of a company can wear more casual clothes to work
drop in
to visit someone verb, inf
earpiece
a small device which fits inside a person’s ear
extrovert
An extrovert person is energetic and happy and enjoys being with other people.
flamboyant
Flamboyant clothes or colours are very bright and noticeable.
flatly
If you flatly deny, refuse or disagree with something or someone, you do it completely or in a very clear and definite way.
fleece
a warm, soft, light jacket, or the material used to make it
flout
to intentionally not obey or accept something
garment
a piece of clothing
do sb good
to improve somebody’s health or life
hand sth down to sb
to pass traditions from older people to younger ones
give sb a hand
to help someone
herald
to be a sign that something important, and often good, is starting to happen, or to make something publicly known, especially by celebrating or praising it
human resources
the department of an organization that deals with finding new employees, keeping records about all the organization’s employees, and helping them with any problems
first impressions
the opinion you form when you meet someone or see something for the first time
make an impression
to cause someone to notice and admire you
innovation
a new idea or method that is being tried for the first time, or the use of such ideas or methods
intense
extreme or very strong
interact
If two things interact, they have an effect on each other.
keep up with
If someone or something keeps up with someone or something else, they do whatever is necessary to stay level or equal with that person or thing.
made-to-measure
made specially to fit a particular person, room, etc
overcome
unable to act or think in the usual way, usually because you are feeling strong emotion
plead
to ask for something in a strong and emotional way
press
to try hard to persuade someone to do something
prominent
describes something that is in a position in which it is easily seen
prospective
expected
public relations
the activity of keeping good relationships between an organization and the people outside it
make sb redundant
To make a person leave his/her job because the company no longer needs that person or has to reduce its staff.
reputation
the opinion that people in general have about someone or something, or how much respect or admiration someone or something receives, based on past behaviour or character
scenario
a description of a situation, or of a situation that may develop in the future
be on sb’s side
If you are on somebody’s side, you support them, usually in an argument or difficult situation.
single sb/sth out
to choose one person or thing from a group for special attention, especially criticism or praise
sleeveless
A piece of clothing which is sleeveless has no sleeves.
sloppy
describes clothes which are large, loose and often untidy; not taking care or making an effort
smart card
a small, plastic card that contains a very small computer and can be used to pay for things or to store personal information
smart-casual
describes clothes which are clean and tidy, but not too formal
strip off
to remove your clothing
subtle
not loud, bright, noticeable or obvious in any way
sweatshop
a small factory where workers are paid very little and work many hours in very bad conditions
tailored
describes a piece of clothing that is shaped to fit a person’s body closely
tailoring
the skill of repairing, making and making changes to clothes, especially jackets, trousers, coats, etc for men
tape measure
a strip of plastic or metal that can be bent with measurements printed on it
three-dimensional
having length, depth, and height
toe the line
to do what you are ordered or expected to do
top-of-the-range
used for describing something that is the most expensive in a group of similar products
tuck
to push a loose end of a piece of clothing or material into a particular place or position, especially to make it tidy or comfortable