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Unit 25


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advocate
someone who supports a particular idea or way of doing things
afresh
If you do something afresh, you do it again in a different way.
alliance
an agreement to work with someone else to try to achieve the same thing
beyond all doubt
certainly
bigger picture
the most important facts about a situation and the effects of that situation on other things
cast doubt
to make something seem uncertain
complacent
feeling so satisfied with your own abilities or situation that you do not feel that you need to try any harder
conform
to behave in the way that most other people behave
constitute
to be or form something
cue
to give somone a signal to do something
denounce
to publicly criticize someone or something, or to publicly accuse someone of something
destabilise
to make a government, area or political group lose power or control, or to make a political or economic situation less strong or safe, by causing changes and problems
dispensable
more than you need and therefore not necessary; that can be got rid of
down-to-earth
practical and realistic
drive a hard bargain
to expect a lot in exchange for what you pay or do
ease
to make or become less severe, difficult, unpleasant, painful, etc
ease off
to gradually stop or become less
ease sb’s mind
to stop someone from worrying about something
envisage
to imagine something happening, or think that something is likely to happen
err
to make a mistake or to do something wrong
erroneous
not correct
evaluate
to consider or study something carefully and decide how good or bad it is
flight of fancy
an idea which shows a lot of imagination but which is not practical
fearless
not frightened of anything
fraction
a number less than 1, such as 1/2 or 3/4
to the full
as much or as well as possible
further afield
a long distance away
grapple with sth
to try to deal with or understand a difficult problem or subject
handler
a person who trains and is in charge of animals, especially dogs
ingenuity
skill at inventing things or finding new ways to solve problems
innovator
someone who uses or designs new methods or products
intrigue
to interest someone a lot, especially by being strange, unusual or mysterious
invaluable
extremely useful
IQ
intelligence quotient: a measure of someone’s intelligence found from special tests
kinaesthetic
having a sense of where the parts of your body are and how they are moving
latch onto
to become interested in an idea, story or activity, and to start to use it
manipulate
to control someone or something in a clever way so that they do what you want them to do
maverick
someone who thinks and behaves in an unusual way
mussel
a small sea creature that has a black shell in two parts and that can be eaten
nurture
to encourage or support the development of someone or something
octopus
a sea creature with eight long arms
orientate
to aim something at someone or something, or make something suitable for a particular group of people
overriding
more important than others
paella
a Spanish dish consisting of rice mixed with vegetables, fish and chicken
paper over the cracks
to hide problems, especially arguments between people, in order to make a situation seem better than it really is
pool
to collect something such as money or resources in order for it to be used by several different people or groups
ponder
to think carefully about something
ponderous
Ponderous speech or writing is boring or too serious.
psychic
having a special mental ability, for example so that you are able to know what will happen in the future or know what people are thinking
pundit
someone who is an expert in a subject and often gives their opinions on television, radio, etc
rock the boat
If you rock the boat, you do or say something that will upset people or cause problems
subtraction
the process of removing one number from another
sway
to persuade someone to change their opinion or decision
systematic
done using a fixed and organized plan
teamwork
when a group of people work well together
test sb’s patience
to annoy somebody
be tuned in
to have a good understanding of what is happening in a situation or what other people are thinking
unintentional
not planned or intended
drive a wedge between sb
to damage the good relationship that two people or groups of people have