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adaptable
able to change to suit different situations or uses
advisee
someone who receives advice
advisor
someone whose job is to give advice about a subject
ask sb out
to invite someone to come with you to a place such as a restaurant, especially as a way of starting a romantic relationship
associate
a high-ranking member of a law firm
awkward
difficult or causing problems
brand
to say that you think someone is as stated
bridge the gap
to connect two things or to make the difference between them smaller
brighten up
to become lighter because the sun is shining
bully
someone who intentionally frightens a smaller or weaker person
call the shots
to be in the position of being able to make the decisions which will influence a situation
complimentary
praising or expressing admiration for someone
concept
an idea or principle
constantly
all the time or often
corporate
relating to a large company or group
deliver the goods
to produce what is wanted
demean
to cause someone to become less respected
destined
intended for
disturbance
something that interrupts what you are doing, especially something loud or annoying
downward spiral
when a price, etc. is becoming lower, or when a situation is getting worse and is difficult to control because one bad event causes another
edgy
nervous
emasculate
to make a man feel less male by taking away his power and confidence
embrace
to accept new ideas, beliefs, methods, etc in an enthusiastic way
enhance
to improve something
epoch
a long period of time in history
expertise
skill
fiercely
very strongly or powerfully
flourishing
successful growth or development
hang out with
to spend a lot of time with someone
hog the limelight
to get more attention than anyone or anything else in a situation
hound
to follow someone and annoy them by asking questions or taking photographs
in the running
having a reasonable chance of winning
intrude
to become involved in a situation which people want to be private
it’s high time
If it is high time that someone did something, it should have been done sooner or a long time ago.
lay into sb
to attack or criticise someone
light-hearted
not serious
limelight
public attention and interest
my lips are sealed
said when you are promising to keep a secret
mediocre
not good in quality
moving
causing strong feelings of sadness or sympathy
to narrow
to make something less wide
notion
an idea or belief
on the spot
in the place where something happens
over the top
too extreme and not suitable, or demanding too much attention or effort, especially in an uncontrolled way
over the hill
describes someone who is old and no longer useful or attractive
pace
the speed at which someone or something moves or does something
paparazzi
photographers whose job is to follow famous people and take photographs of them for newspapers and magazines
pick on sb
to choose a person and criticize or treat them unfairly
privacy
when you are alone and people cannot see or hear what you are doing
proposition
an offer or suggestion, usually in business
in the public eye
famous and written about in newspapers and magazines and seen on television
reserved
not wanting to show what you are thinking or feeling
roll up your sleeves
to prepare for hard work
roller coaster
a situation which changes from one extreme to another, or in which a person’s feelings change from one extreme to another
sacrifice
something valuable that you give up in order to achieve something, or the act of giving it up
seminar
a meeting of a group of people with a teacher or expert for training, discussion, or study of a subject
see the light
If you see the light, you suddenly understand something you didn’t understand before.
skeletons in the cupboard
embarrassing secrets
smitten
loving someone or liking something very much
snap
to suddenly be unable to control a strong feeling, especially anger
stem from
to start or develop as the result of something
struggling
unsuccessful but trying hard to succeed
subsequent
happening after something else
take the biscuit
You say that something or someone (really) takes the biscuit when they have done something that you find extremely annoying or surprising.
take yourselft (too) seriously
to consider yourself to be important or dangerous and worth attention or respect
tease
to laugh at someone or say unkind things to them, either because you are joking or because you want to upset them
test the water
to find out what people’s opinions of something are before you ask them to do something
then and there
immediately
tough upbringing
a difficult childhood
transform
to change something completely, usually to improve it
transition
when something changes from one system or method to another, often gradually
troublemaker
someone who intentionally causes problems for other people, especially people who are in a position of power or authority
touch
If something kind that someone says or does touches you, it makes you feel pleased or a little sad.
turn nasty
become unpleasant, dangerous or violent
under the weather
ill
universal
relating to everyone in the world, or to everyone in a particular group
up to the mark
good enough
viable
effective and able to be successful
vice versa
used for referring to the opposite of what you have just said
villain
a bad person in a film, book, etc
work out
to happen or develop in a particular way