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standpoint
A set of beliefs and ideas from which opinions and decisions are formed.
strap
A narrow piece of leather or other strong material used for fastening something or giving support.
spot-on
absolutely correct; very accurate: your prediction was spot-on.
adorn
To add something decorative to a person or thing.
advocate
To publicly support or suggest an idea, development, or way of doing something.
airy
With a lot of light and space.
allure
The quality of being attractive, interesting, or exciting.
artful
Clever and skilful, especially in getting what you want.
backstroke
a style of swimming on your back
bask
To lie or sit enjoying the warmth especially of the sun.
beckon
To move your hand or head in a way that tells someone to come nearer.
bellow
To shout in a loud voice, or (of a cow or large animal) to make a loud, deep sound.
billow
To spread over a large area, or (especially of things made of cloth) to become filled with air and appear to be larger.
bob
To move up and down quickly and gently, especially on the surface of water.
briny
Describes water that contains a lot of salt.
bruise
An injury or mark where the skin has not been broken but is darker in colour, often as a result of being hit by something.
buttock
one of the two round parts of your body that you sit on
cantilever
A long bar that is fixed at only one end to a vertical support and is used to hold a structure such as an arch, bridge, or shelf in position.
chandelier
a large light that hangs from a ceiling and has branches for holding electric lights or candles
chesty
Having or relating to a lot of mucus (= thick liquid) in the lungs
choppy
(of sea, lakes, or rivers) with a lot of small, rough waves caused by the wind.
clad
(of people) dressed, or (of things) covered.
clued-up
Having a special and detailed knowledge of something.
comprise
To have as parts or members, or to be those parts or members.
cove
A curved part of a coast that partly surrounds an area of water.
crease
A line on cloth or paper where it has been folded or crushed.
demure
a demure woman is quiet and shy and always behaves well
dingy
Dark and often also dirty.
eclectic
Methods, beliefs, ideas, etc. that are eclectic combine whatever seem the best or most useful things from many different areas or systems, rather than following a single system.
exhilarate
To give someone strong feelings of happiness and excitement.
exquisite
Very beautiful and delicate.
flank
to be at the side of something or someone
flaunt
To show or make obvious something you are proud of in order to get admiration.
forage
To go from place to place searching, especially for food.
gauge
To calculate an amount, especially by using a measuring device.
glint
To produce small bright flashes of light reflected from a surface.
grille
A frame of metal bars used to cover something such as a window or a machine.
heady
Having a powerful effect, making you feel slightly drunk or excited.
hoarse
(of a voice or a person) having a rough voice, often because of a sore throat or a cold.
hoover
to clean a carpet or floor with a vacuum cleaner
impeccable
Perfect, with no problems or bad parts.
impromptu
Done or said without earlier planning or preparation.
inflatable
A boat or something similar that must be filled with air in order to float on the water.
inlet
A narrow strip of water that goes from a sea or lake into the land or between islands.
invigorate
To make someone feel fresher, healthier, and more energetic.
jolt
To (cause something or someone to) move suddenly and violently.
jovial
(of a person) friendly and in a good mood, or (of a situation) enjoyable because of being friendly and pleasant.
lump
A piece of a solid substance, usually with no particular shape.
mow
To cut plants, such as grass or wheat, which have long, thin stems and grow close together.
nook
a small corner or sheltered space
offbeat
Unusual and strange and therefore surprising or noticeable.
onslaught
large numbers of people or things that come at the same time and are difficult to deal with
opulent
Expensive and luxurious.
pamper
to look after someone very well, especially by making them feel very comfortable or by giving them nice things
penthouse
An expensive apartment or set of rooms at the top of a hotel or tall building.
rakish
Describes a man, especially a rich man, who lives in an immoral way, especially having sex with a lot of women.
raucous
Loud and unpleasant.
savour
To enjoy food or an experience slowly, in order to enjoy it as much as possible.
scallop
A sea creature that lives inside two joined flat, round shells and can be eaten.
sculpt
To create solid objects that represent a thing, person, idea, etc. out of a material such as wood, clay, metal, or stone.
shoal
A large number of fish swimming as a group.
sluggish
Moving or operating more slowly than usual and with less energy or power.
stain
To leave a mark on something that is difficult to remove.
stately
Formal, slow, and having a style and appearance that causes admiration.
swagger
To walk or act in a way that shows that you are very confident and think that you are important.
tally
To match or agree with something else.
turf
short grass and the earth that is under it
vent
A small opening that allows air, smoke, or gas to enter or leave a closed space.
waft
To (cause to) move gently through the air.
scandal
(an action or event that causes) a public feeling of shock and strong moral disapproval.
fallout
An incidental result or side effect.
mischievous
Behaving in a way, or describing behaviour, that is slightly bad but is not intended to cause serious harm or damage.
hospitality
The act of being friendly and welcoming to guests and visitors.
camaraderie
A feeling of friendliness towards people that you work or share an experience with.
psychedelic
psychedelic drugs are drugs that make you see things that are not really there
brass
A bright yellow metal made from copper and zinc.
abstain
To not do something, especially something enjoyable that you think might be bad.
arable
Describes farming land that is used for, or is suitable for, growing crops.
assurance
A promise.
blight
A disease that damages and kills plants.
candid
Honest and telling the truth, especially about something difficult or painful.
collate
To bring together different pieces of written information so that the similarities and differences can be seen.
commission
To formally choose someone to do a special piece of work, or to formally ask for a special piece of work from someone.
conviction
a decision by a court of law that someone is guilty of a crime
coy
Intentionally keeping something secret.
cranny
A small, narrow opening in something solid.
curtail
to reduce or limit something, especially something good
dampen
to make something such as a feeling or hope less strong
dent
A small hollow mark in the surface of something, caused by pressure or by being hit.
destined
Intended (for a particular purpose).
deteriorate
To become worse.
diminutive
Very small.
dismissive
Showing that you do not think something is worth considering.
downplay
To make something seem less important or less bad than it really is.
fling
To throw something or someone suddenly and with a lot of force.
groan
A deep, long sound showing great pain or unhappiness.
hindsight
The ability to understand an event or situation only after it has happened.
impervious
not affected by something or not seeming to notice it; Not allowing liquid to go through.
pulverize
To press or crush something until it becomes powder or a soft mass.
ratify
to make an agreement official by signing it or formally accepting it