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very shocking and surprising

It costs a --------- $50 000 per week to keep the museum open to the public.


the fame and public admiration that a person receives as a result of a particular achievement or position in society

Being an actor has a certain amount of ----- attached to it.


If you have ------ eyes, your eyes are red and watery and you cannot see clearly, because you are tired or have just woken up

to be ------eyed


strange or unnatural and making you feel frightened

a ----- film


to cause something new, or many new things, to grow or start suddenly

the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in 1986 ------ed an army of zombies bent on destroying humanity.


doing particular pieces of work for different organizations, rather than working all the time for a single organization

Most of the journalists I know are/work -------.

a soldier who fights for any country or group that pays them

loss of the ability to remember

In his later life he suffered periods of -------.


thick and like jelly

The liquid suddenly solidifies into a --------- mass.


movement which is quiet and careful in order not to be seen or heard, or secret or indirect action

These thieves operate with terrifying ------- - they can easily st


----- things have moved apart from similar things and are not in their expected or intended place

Several journalists have been killed or injured by ----- bullets wh


a person or thing that is different from what is usual, or not in agreement with something else and therefore not satisfactory

Statistical -------es can make it difficult to compare



The monument stands as a ------ reminder of man's inhumanity to man.


the popularity and financial success of a film or actor

The superhero's latest adventure, "Spider-Man 3," smashed -------- records with $148 million in its first three days


If someone will not budge, or you cannot budge them, they will not change their opinion

I've tried persuading her, but she won't -----.


If a business ------s -- its activity, it increases it

The company announced plans to ----- -- production to 10 000 units per month.

ramp up

to stop something bad from happening, or to keep an unwanted situation or person away, usually temporarily

We were hoping to ----- --- these difficult decisions until September.

stave off

a company which produces goods for sale, the goods themselves, or the company's name or symbol

Her favourite designer ----- (= make


power to influence people and get the results you want

If the United Nations had more troops in the area, it would have greater ---------.


to hold in your mind or to be willing to consider or accept

The General refused to -------- the possibility of defeat.


to spread slowly

The news has begun to -------- through the staff.


awkward because of being large, heavy or ineffective

----------- bureaucracy


to accept something eagerly

She ------ed -- the chance of a trip to Paris.

jump at

to act in a less severe way towards someone and allow something that you had refused to allow before

Her parents eventually ------ed and let her go to the party.


to take a long time to leave or disappear

After the play had finished, we ---------ed for a while in the bar hoping to catch sight of the actors.

on ------ --- in prison and waiting to be killed as a punishment for a crime
death row
a person who helps someone else to commit a crime or to do something morally wrong

not large in size or amount, or not expensive

They live in a fairly ------- house, considering their wealth.


an increase or improvement

Many analysts are predicting an ------ in the economy.


a small space with walls or curtains around it, that is separate from the rest of a room and where you can be private when taking clothes off, etc

 I was getting undressed in on


to listen to someone until they have said everything they want to say

At least ----- me ----before making up your mind.

hear out

to persuade someone forcefully to do something which they are unwilling to do

The court heard that the six defendants had been ------ed into making a confession.


material like very thick stiff paper, usually pale brown in colour, which is used especially for making boxes

-------- boxes


to lift and give support to something by putting something under it

Chinese prostitutes in Japanese kimonos ----- -- drunken office workers

prop up

to step awkwardly while walking or running and fall or begin to fall

Running along the beach, she ------ed on a log and fell on the sand.


friendly and easy to talk to

She was quite ------- at the meeting.


to wear or be decorated with something

Back in the 1960s he -----ed bell-bottom trousers, platform heels and hair down past his shoulders.


to calculate an amount, especially by using a measuring device

I tried to ------ (= guess) the weight of the box.


a short often amusing story, especially about something someone has done

He told one or two amusing --------s about his years as a policeman.


returning to older and worse conditions, methods, ideas, etc

He said it would be a --------- step to remove single parent benefit.


someone who helps another person to commit a crime but does not take part in it

an --------- to murder


to close or hold something very tightly, often in a determined or angry way

The old man --------ed his fist and waved it angrily at us.


so obvious that it can easily be seen or known, or (of a feeling) so strong that it seems as if it can be touched or physically felt

 Her joy was -------.


to hit someone with your hand in a light, joking way

His brother -----ed him playfully round the head.

a person who is kept in a prison or a hospital for people who are mentally ill

an important positive development

The group has made ------s to expand internationally.


an amusing and ridiculous piece of writing, music, theatre, etc. that copies the style of an original work

They did a ----- on/of the Nine O'Clock News. <


strange, surprising or uncontrolled in an amusing way

a ---- film


to cause great damage to something

The area has been -------ed by drought/floods/war.


an unusually large number of events, especially unwanted ones, happening at about the same time

Police are investigating a ----- of burglaries in the Kingsland Road


to understand something completely, or to describe something correctly

We haven't been able to ---- ---- the cause of the fire yet.

nail down

a sudden strong wind

A sudden ----- of wind blew his umbrella inside out.


a piece of wood or coal, etc. which continues to burn after a fire has no more flames

We sat by the glowing/dying -----s of the fire.

a main road for public use or a passage through somewhere

to feel positive about something or someone, or to treat them in a very positive way

The gods ------ed -- us and we had brilliant sunshine throughout the day.

smile on sth/sb


Don't wipe your ------- hands on my clean towel!

(usually of a person or animal with short legs and a fat body) to walk with short steps, swinging the body from one side to the other

a person who intentionally damages property belonging to other people

-------s smashed windows and overturned cars in the downtown shopping district.


not damaged

It's difficult to emerge from such a scandal with your reputation still ------.


a black powder made mainly of carbon which is produced when coal, wood, etc. is burnt:

It can be dangerous to let too much ----- accumulate inside a chimney.


involving little exercise or physical activity

a -------- job/occupation


quick, energetic and active

a ----- walk


--------s of sb large numbers of people

He failed to turn up for the concert, disappointing the ------s of fans waiting outside.


to make food or a meal very quickly and easily

I think I've just about got enough time to ---- -- an omelette.

whip up

a special meal with very good food or a large meal for many people

"What a ------!" she said, surveying all the dishes on the table.


strange or unusual

The place is stuffed with -------- memorabilia like a sculpture of the Seven Dwarfs that Walt Disney gave to Debbie Reynolds.

objects that are collected because they are connected with a person or event which is thought to be very interesting

connected with cooking or kitchens

My ------ skills are rather limited, I'm afraid


a brief interruption in a war or argument, or an agreement to stop fighting or arguing for a period of time

Following last month's riots, the two big gangs in Los Angeles have fi


a very unpleasant and painful or difficult experience

The hostages' ----- came to an end when soldiers stormed the building.


to come close together in a group, or to hold your arms and legs close to your body, especially because of cold or fear

Everyone ------ed round the fire to keep warm


to put on a piece of clothing

Many of the journalists had -----ed helmets


very large guns that are moved on wheels or metal tracks, or the part of the army which uses these

Naval gunfire and ground-based ------- are generally less accurate than many aircra


 to stop something, especially by using force

Police in riot gear were called in to ----- the disturbances/unrest.


a place, especially a small group of buildings or a town, which maintains the authority or business interests of a distant government or company

a police/military/colonial ------


very large

a ---------- appetite


a --------- ------of sth a place that is full of something good

a --------- ----- of information

treasure trove

to produce large amounts of something quickly, usually something of low quality

The factory -----s --- thousands of pairs of these shoes every week.

churn out

a piece of jewellery which is worn round the neck, consisting of a long chain with an object hanging from it, or the object itself

It was a beautiful necklace with a diamond --------


to switch a feature on a computer on and off by pressing the same button or key

By -------ing this key, you can switch the italics on and off.


If something is tactile, it has a surface which is pleasant or attractive to touch

Her paintings have a very ------- quality.


a temporary difficulty which causes a short delay

We streamed a couple of songs from the VX9400 over to the headset without a ------.


very thin, or easily broken or destroyed

You won't be warm enough in that -------dress.


(an act of) staying awake, especially at night, in order to be with an ill person, or to express especially political disagreement, or to pray

Supporters of the peace movement


said when you are pleased that a bad or unwanted thing or person, or something of poor quality, has gone

We've got rid of the old computer system, and --- --- --- ---- ---- ----

good riddance (to bad rubbish)

a detailed plan or route of a journey

 The tour operator will arrange transport and plan your ---------.


a long and determined attempt to achieve something which you believe in strongly

They have long been involved in a ------ for racial equality.



not truthful

Some of these statements are misleading and some downright -----------.

If a suggestion, plan, rule, etc. is ------ -- -----, it cannot be changed
carved in stone

a particular physical form or condition of something or someone that is changing or developing

This film is the latest ---------- of a fairy tale that dates back to the Middle Ages.<


hot liquid rock which comes out of the earth through a volcano, or the solid rock formed when it cools

molten ----


a very deep narrow opening in rock, earth or ice

They leaned over the rails and peered down into the dizzying ------ below.


a difficult situation that brings trouble or destruction

The country is sinking/plunging into an ----- of violence and lawlessness.


a place where a wild animal lives, often underground and hidden, or a place where a person hides

a fox's ----
the thieves' ----<

a person who lends money in exchange for items which they can sell if the person leaving them does not pay an agreed amount of money in an agreed time

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