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something added to a machine or to clothing, which has a useful or decorative purpose
a young person who is between being a child and an adult
not giving a name
attention span
the length of time that you can keep your thoughts and interest fixed on something
very strict and not allowing people freedom to do what they want
damaged, especially by being used a lot
difficult to understand or separate clearly
to have or own something to be proud of
a job or piece of work which is often boring or unpleasant but needs to be done regularly
a short part of a film or television programme
having direct family connections or shared beliefs, support and sympathy
If two people, especially a man and woman who are not married, cohabit, they live together and have a sexual relationship.
a spoken description of an event on the radio or television that is broadcast as the event happens
a big difference between two things that are said or written about the same subject, or between what someone says and what they do
If someone cracks, they begin to feel weak and agree that they have been defeated.
something that is very popular for a short time
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.
remaining in good condition for a long time
to move something to a higher level or height
to move or come together in large numbers
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
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
to complain or speak in a way that shows you are unhappy
relating to beliefs about what is right or wrong
to try to change or influence someone
to keep criticizing or giving advice to someone in an annoying way
feeling both happy and sad when you think about things that happened in the past
when people are asked questions to discover what they think about a subject
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
something that makes you better when you are ill
to feel angry and upset about a situation or about something that someone has done
to tear quickly and suddenly, or to tear something quickly and suddenly
a metal pin used to fasten flat pieces of metal or other thick materials such as leather
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
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.
the friendly feelings that people have for other people, or special connections with places
said or done as a joke
(in the position of being) the best in the class
seeming to be in all places
too painful or unpleasant for you to continue to experience
a feeling or quality that exists but is not obvious
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.