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amid
in the middle of or surrounded by; among
arch
describes behaviour that is not serious and suggests you are behaving this way intentionally for the effect that it will have
assure
to tell someone that something is certainly true, especially so that they do not worry
be on the tip of your tongue
If something that you want to say is on the tip of your tongue, you think you know it and that you will be able to remember it very soon.
blackmail
to get money from people or force them to do something by threatening to tell a secret of theirs or to harm them
brainbox
very intelligent person
camp
using bright colours, loud sounds, unusual behaviour, etc in a humorous way
cash return
profit in exchange for an investment
common knowledge
something that a lot of people know
common sense
the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way
conceivable
possible to imagine or to believe
counterfeit
to make a copy of something which looks as similar as possible to the original, usually for dishonest or illegal purposes
cryptic
mysterious and difficult to understand
cutting-edge
very modern and with all the newest features
cynical
believing that people are only interested in themselves and are not sincere
declaration
an announcement, often one that is written and official
drink-driving
driving a vehicle after drinking too much alcohol
field
an area of activity or interest
fiver
five pounds (GBP), or a note worth five pounds
fragile
physically or emotionally weak
franchise
to give or sell the right to sell a company’s products or services in a particular area using the company’s name
gifted
A gifted person has a natural ability or is extremely intelligent.
high-tech
using or involved with the most recent and advanced electronic machines, computers, etc
hyperactivity
the state of having more energy than is normal
immortal
famous or remembered for a very long time
in-joke
a private joke which can only be understood by a limited group of people who have a special knowledge of something that is referred to in the joke
kick the habit
to give up something harmful that you have done for a long time
kneecap
the bone at the front of the knee joint
languor
pleasant mental or physical tiredness or lack of activity
likelihood
the chance that something will happen
lumber sb with sth
If you are/get lumbered with something, you have to deal with something or someone that you do not want to.
municipal
relating to the government of a town or city
nonentity
when something or someone is not known about because they do not have any strong character, ideas or influence
one-time
A one-time teacher, for example, is someone who was a teacher in the past.
pan
to criticize something severely
pivotal
having a very important influence on something
plainly
in a clear and obvious way
playful
funny and not serious
pointless
Something that is pointless has no purpose and it is a waste of time doing it.
predecessor
something that existed before another, similar thing
promo
a short film which is made to advertise a product, especially a record of modern popular music
reign
to be the king or queen of a country
renowned
famous for something
showbiz
(= show business) the entertainment business, especially the part which is considered to be popular but not very artistic or serious
sly
deceiving people in a clever way to get what you want
small talk
conversation about things which are not important, often between people who do not know each other well
solemn
A solemn promise, warning, etc is serious and sincere.
spin doctor
someone whose job is to make ideas, events, etc seem better than they really are, especially in politics
strut your stuff
to show your abilities
stunt
when someone does something dangerous that needs great skill, usually in a film
sustain
to support someone or something so that they can live or exist
unconditional
done or given without any limits and without asking for anything for yourself
upcoming
An upcoming event will happen soon.
white lie
a lie that is told in order to be polite or to stop someone from being upset by the truth
wrong-doing
when someone does something that is illegal or not honest