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Unit 15


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accessory
something added to a machine or to clothing, which has a useful or decorative purpose
adolescent
a young person who is between being a child and an adult
anonymous
not giving a name
attention span
the length of time that you can keep your thoughts and interest fixed on something
authoritarian
very strict and not allowing people freedom to do what they want
battered
damaged, especially by being used a lot
blurred
difficult to understand or separate clearly
boast
to have or own something to be proud of
chore
a job or piece of work which is often boring or unpleasant but needs to be done regularly
clip
a short part of a film or television programme
close
having direct family connections or shared beliefs, support and sympathy
cohabitation
If two people, especially a man and woman who are not married, cohabit, they live together and have a sexual relationship.
commentary
a spoken description of an event on the radio or television that is broadcast as the event happens
contradiction
a big difference between two things that are said or written about the same subject, or between what someone says and what they do
crack
If someone cracks, they begin to feel weak and agree that they have been defeated.
craze
something that is very popular for a short time
distraction
something that makes you stop giving your attention to something else
do sb/sth justice
to treat someone or something in a way that is fair and shows their true qualities
drop out
If a student drops out, they stop going to classes before they have finished their course.
durable
remaining in good condition for a long time
elevate
to move something to a higher level or height
flock
to move or come together in large numbers
handful
a person, often a child, who is difficult to control
have no say in sth
to not be involved in making a decision about something
hold out against
to continue to defend yourself against an enemy or attack without being defeated
jokey
adjective, inf ˈdʒəʊki funny
lay down (rules)
to officially establish a rule, or to officially state the way in which something should be done
let sb down
to disappoint someone by failing to do what you agreed to do or were expected to do
lingua franca
a language used for communication between groups of people who speak different languages but which is not used between members of the same group
live up to sth
to be as good as something
lucky break
an opportunity for improving a situation, especially one which happens unexpectedly
moan
to complain or speak in a way that shows you are unhappy
moral
relating to beliefs about what is right or wrong
mould
to try to change or influence someone
nag
to keep criticizing or giving advice to someone in an annoying way
nostalgic
feeling both happy and sad when you think about things that happened in the past
poll
when people are asked questions to discover what they think about a subject
priority
something that is very important and that must be dealt with before other things
be prone to sth/do sth
likely to suffer from an illness or show a particular negative characteristic
put your feet up
to relax, especially by sitting with your feet supported above the ground
remedy
something that makes you better when you are ill
resent
to feel angry and upset about a situation or about something that someone has done
rip
to tear quickly and suddenly, or to tear something quickly and suddenly
rivet
a metal pin used to fasten flat pieces of metal or other thick materials such as leather
scrabble
to use your fingers to quickly find something that you cannot see
set sb/sth apart
If a quality or characteristic sets someone/something apart, it shows them to be different from, and usually better than, others of the same type.
slob around
to behave in a very lazy way, doing very little
solace
comfort when you are feeling sad
stand up to sth
to not be changed or damaged by something
take a back seat
to choose not to be in a position of responsibility in an organization or activity
take sb back
If something takes you back, it makes you remember a period or an event.
ties
the friendly feelings that people have for other people, or special connections with places
tongue-in-cheek
said or done as a joke
top-of-the-form
(in the position of being) the best in the class
ubiquitous
seeming to be in all places
unbearable
too painful or unpleasant for you to continue to experience
undertone
a feeling or quality that exists but is not obvious
upbeat
positive and expecting a situation to be good or successful
vote sb off
If someone is voted off a programme, the public votes that they should leave.