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nuclear family
A family consisting of two parents and their children, but not including aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.
shell out
to spend a certain amount of money.
bureau
An organization or a business that collects or provides information.
fringe benefit
An employment benefit given in addition to one's wages or salary.
sterling
British money.
pad
Slang One's apartment or room.
per diem
By the day; per day.
in situ
In the original place instead of being moved to another place.
litter
To scatter about
acre
A unit for measuring area, equal to 4,047 square metres or 4,840 square yards.
patio
An area outside a house with a solid floor but no roof, used in good weather for relaxing, eating, etc..
maple
A type of large tree that grows in northern areas of the world, or the wood of this tree.
tart
Having a sharp pungent taste; sour. See Synonyms at sour.; Sharp or bitter in tone or meaning; cutting.
let on
To allow to be known; admit
pull through
Fig. to help someone or an animal survive a difficult time or situation.
tally up
to add something up.
scat
Excrement, especially of an animal; dung.; Said to an animal, especially a cat, or to a person to make them go away quickly.
invertebrate
An animal with no spine.
vault
A room or space, such as a cellar or storeroom, with arched walls and ceiling, especially when underground.; A room or compartment, often built of steel, for the safekeeping of valuables
and counting
(idiomatic) used to show that the number previously mentioned is continuously changing, i.e. increasing or decreasing
pronounced
Very noticeable or certain.
fall by the wayside
if someone __ __ __ __ , they fail to finish an activity
tell apart
(tr, adverb) to distinguish between; discern
come by
Fig. to find or get something.
awe-inspiring
Causing you to feel great respect or admiration.
bombard
To attack a place with continuous shooting or bombs.
consolidate
To become, or cause something to become, stronger, and more certain.
nexus
An important connection between the parts of a system or a group of things.
stagger
To walk or move with difficulty as if you are going to fall.
vibrant
Energetic, exciting, and full of enthusiasm.
yammer
To talk continuously for a long time in a way that is annoying to other people.
staggering
Causing great astonishment, amazement, or dismay; overwhelming
weigh
To balance in the mind in order to make a choice; ponder or evaluate
weigh in
Slang To make a forceful statement in a discussion
reflective
Characterized by or given to meditation or contemplation; thoughtful. See Synonyms at pensive.
venture
A new activity, usually in business, which involves risk or uncertainty.
also-ran
Someone in a competition who is unlikely to do well or who has failed.
aphorism
A short clever saying that is intended to express a general truth.
carcinogenic
Refers to a substance that causes cancer.
crux
the most important aspect of something
evocative
Making you remember or imagine something pleasant.
florin
a coin used in the UK in the past, worth one-tenth of a pound
inviolable
That must be respected and not removed or ignored.
motorist
A person who drives a car.
sacrosanct
Thought to be too important or too special to be changed.
shorthand
A system of fast writing that uses lines and simple signs to represent words and phrases.
staffer
An employee, often of a political organization.
conventional wisdom
A belief or set of beliefs that is widely accepted, especially one which may be questionable on close examination.
causal
A relationship, link, etc. between two things in which one causes the other.
contraception
(the use of) any of various methods intended to prevent a woman becoming pregnant.
darn
To repair a hole or a piece of clothing with long stitches across the hole and other stitches across them.
decimate
To kill a large number of something, or to reduce something severely.
eviscerate
To remove one or all of the organs from the inside of a body.
heartfelt
Strongly felt and sincere.
mantis
A praying mantis.
mule
An animal whose mother is a horse and whose father is a donkey, used especially for transporting goods.
munch
To eat something, especially noisily.
nab
To take something suddenly, or to catch or arrest a criminal.
quip
A humorous and clever remark.
reticent
Unwilling to speak about your thoughts or feelings.
tactful
Careful not to say or do anything that could upset someone.
better off
In a better or more prosperous condition
the status quo
the present situation, or the way that things usually are
account for
To constitute the governing or primary factor in; To provide an explanation or justification for
nuance
A very slight difference in appearance, meaning, sound, etc..
appraisal
The act of examining someone or something in order to judge their qualities, success, or needs.
reporting line
used to refer to the way that employees have a manager, that manager is the responsibility of another manager, etc.:
period
Used to emphasize finality, as when expressing a decision or an opinion
to the tune of
some amount of money Fig. to a certain amount of money.
in full swing
At the highest level of activity or operation.
war chest
money that a political party or a business has available to spend on something such as an election campaign or a business deal
fart around
Fig. to waste time playing around. (Caution with fart, which is considered coarse.)
altogether
Entirely; completely; utterly
eye
To watch closely
alluvium
Earth and sand that has been left by rivers, floods, etc.
amenable
Willing to accept or be influenced by a suggestion.
arch
A structure, consisting of a curved top on two supports, that holds the weight of something above it.
at-risk
In danger of being harmed or damaged, or of dying.
bulbous
big and round, or shaped like an onion
busk
To play music or sing in a public place so that the people who are there will give money.
co-opt
(of an elected group) to make someone a member through the choice of the present members.
cruciform
shaped like a cross
deacon
In some Churches, an official, either male or female, who is below a priest in rank and who performs some of the duties of a priest.
dog-eared
A book or paper that is dog-eared has the pages turned down at the corners as a result of a lot of use.
dome
a roof shaped like the top half of a ball
dorsal
Of, on, or near the back of an animal.
drone
A low continuous noise that does not change its note.
extort
To get something by force or threats, or with difficulty.
gannet
A large bird with mainly white feathers and a yellow beak that lives by the sea.
glamorous
Attractive in an exciting and special way.
grotto
A small cave, especially one that is made to look attractive.
helix
A curve that goes around a central tube or cone shape in the form of a spiral.
hew
To cut a large piece out of rock, stone, or another hard material in a rough way.
introspection
Examination of and attention to your own ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
jackal
A wild animal like a dog that lives in Africa and southern Asia and eats animals that have died or been killed by others.
jarring
A ___ sight, sound, or experience is so different or unexpected that it has a strong and unpleasant effect on something or someone.
jaunt
A short journey for pleasure, sometimes including a stay.
monolith
A large block of stone standing by itself which was put up by people in the distant past (= a long time ago.
outcrop
a rock, or a group of rocks, that sticks up out of the ground
paddy
A very angry state.