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Unit 17


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accessibility
how easy something is to understand
accomplish
to succeed in doing something good
blown away
very surprised or pleased
buff
a person who knows a lot about and is very interested in a particular subject
buzzing
busy and full of energy
distinctive
Something that is distinctive is easy to recognize because it is different from other things.
dreadlocks
a hairstyle in which the hair hangs in long thick twisted pieces
eco-friendly
describes a product that is designed so that it does not damage the environment
emerge
to become known
eminently
very
evocative
making you remember or imagine something pleasant
evolve
to develop or make something develop, usually gradually
facilitate
to make something possible or easier
forge a career
to make a career for yourself, especially with some difficulty
forge a link
to make a connection, especially with some difficulty
forge a signature
to make an illegal copy of someone’s signature in order to deceive
glimmer
a slight sign of something good or positive
haunted
showing signs of suffering or severe anxiety
heroism
very brave behaviour
hip
fashionable
hit on sth
to think of an idea when you didn’t expect or intend to, especially one that solves a problem
be in the know
to have knowledge about something which most people do not have
insight
(the ability to have) a clear, deep and sometimes sudden understanding of a complicated problem or situation
integrate
to combine two or more things to make something more effective
leap
a big jump
leeway
freedom to do what you want
linger
to stay somewhere for a long time
lowbrow
(of entertainment) not complicated or demanding much intelligence to be understood
be in two minds
to be unable to decide about something
mind-blowing
extremely exciting or surprising
opaque
If an object or substance is opaque, you cannot see through it.
outdated
not modern enough
PA (Public Address system)
equipment for making sound, especially someone’s voice, louder in a public place
palpable
very obvious
pay tribute to sb/sth
to praise someone or something
pipe
When a recording (especially music) is piped it is played quietly and continuously in public places, such as airports, hotels and shops.
quasi
partly
quirky
unusual in an attractive and interesting way
rave
admiring; giving praise
reassurance
words of advice and comfort intended to make someone feel less worried
ring the changes
to do something in a different way in order to make it more interesting
ring true
If something someone says or writes rings true, it seems to be true.
seamlessly
When something is done seamlessly, any changes, difficulties or joins are not visible.
sleek
attractive and expensive-looking
stand the test of time
If something stands the test of time, it is still popular, strong, etc. after a long time.
stand up
to not be changed or damaged by something
subtitled
A subtitled film or television programme has words shown at the bottom of the screen to explain what is being said.
switch sides
to suddenly move from one team or army to its rival
thought-provoking
making you think a lot about a subject
touchy-feely
kind and loving, especially by touching and holding people more than is usual, often in a way that makes other people uncomfortable
triumph
an important success, achievement, or victory
undeniably
in a way which is certainly true
unforgiving
Something which is unforgiving doesn’t allow you to make mistakes or show weaknesses.
be up there (with sb)
to match someone else in ability or in a particular skill
wishful thinking
when you want something to happen or be true but it is impossible