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A family consisting of two parents and their children, but not including aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.
to spend a certain amount of money.
An organization or a business that collects or provides information.
An employment benefit given in addition to one's wages or salary.
Slang One's apartment or room.
By the day; per day.
In the original place instead of being moved to another place.
To scatter about
A unit for measuring area, equal to 4,047 square metres or 4,840 square yards.
An area outside a house with a solid floor but no roof, used in good weather for relaxing, eating, etc..
A type of large tree that grows in northern areas of the world, or the wood of this tree.
Having a sharp pungent taste; sour. See Synonyms at sour.; Sharp or bitter in tone or meaning; cutting.
To allow to be known; admit
Fig. to help someone or an animal survive a difficult time or situation.
to add something up.
Excrement, especially of an animal; dung.; Said to an animal, especially a cat, or to a person to make them go away quickly.
An animal with no spine.
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
(idiomatic) used to show that the number previously mentioned is continuously changing, i.e. increasing or decreasing
Very noticeable or certain.
fall by the wayside
if someone __ __ __ __ , they fail to finish an activity
(tr, adverb) to distinguish between; discern
Fig. to find or get something.
Causing you to feel great respect or admiration.
To attack a place with continuous shooting or bombs.
To become, or cause something to become, stronger, and more certain.
An important connection between the parts of a system or a group of things.
To walk or move with difficulty as if you are going to fall.
Energetic, exciting, and full of enthusiasm.
To talk continuously for a long time in a way that is annoying to other people.
Causing great astonishment, amazement, or dismay; overwhelming
To balance in the mind in order to make a choice; ponder or evaluate
Slang To make a forceful statement in a discussion
Characterized by or given to meditation or contemplation; thoughtful. See Synonyms at pensive.
A new activity, usually in business, which involves risk or uncertainty.
Someone in a competition who is unlikely to do well or who has failed.
A short clever saying that is intended to express a general truth.
Refers to a substance that causes cancer.
the most important aspect of something
Making you remember or imagine something pleasant.
a coin used in the UK in the past, worth one-tenth of a pound
That must be respected and not removed or ignored.
A person who drives a car.
Thought to be too important or too special to be changed.
A system of fast writing that uses lines and simple signs to represent words and phrases.
An employee, often of a political organization.
A belief or set of beliefs that is widely accepted, especially one which may be questionable on close examination.
A relationship, link, etc. between two things in which one causes the other.
(the use of) any of various methods intended to prevent a woman becoming pregnant.
To repair a hole or a piece of clothing with long stitches across the hole and other stitches across them.
To kill a large number of something, or to reduce something severely.
To remove one or all of the organs from the inside of a body.
Strongly felt and sincere.
A praying mantis.
An animal whose mother is a horse and whose father is a donkey, used especially for transporting goods.
To eat something, especially noisily.
To take something suddenly, or to catch or arrest a criminal.
A humorous and clever remark.
Unwilling to speak about your thoughts or feelings.
Careful not to say or do anything that could upset someone.
In a better or more prosperous condition
the status quo
the present situation, or the way that things usually are
To constitute the governing or primary factor in; To provide an explanation or justification for
A very slight difference in appearance, meaning, sound, etc..
The act of examining someone or something in order to judge their qualities, success, or needs.
used to refer to the way that employees have a manager, that manager is the responsibility of another manager, etc.:
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.
money that a political party or a business has available to spend on something such as an election campaign or a business deal
Fig. to waste time playing around. (Caution with fart, which is considered coarse.)
Entirely; completely; utterly
To watch closely
Earth and sand that has been left by rivers, floods, etc.
Willing to accept or be influenced by a suggestion.
A structure, consisting of a curved top on two supports, that holds the weight of something above it.
In danger of being harmed or damaged, or of dying.
big and round, or shaped like an onion
To play music or sing in a public place so that the people who are there will give money.
(of an elected group) to make someone a member through the choice of the present members.
shaped like a cross
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.
A book or paper that is dog-eared has the pages turned down at the corners as a result of a lot of use.
a roof shaped like the top half of a ball
Of, on, or near the back of an animal.
A low continuous noise that does not change its note.
To get something by force or threats, or with difficulty.
A large bird with mainly white feathers and a yellow beak that lives by the sea.
Attractive in an exciting and special way.
A small cave, especially one that is made to look attractive.
A curve that goes around a central tube or cone shape in the form of a spiral.
To cut a large piece out of rock, stone, or another hard material in a rough way.
Examination of and attention to your own ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
A wild animal like a dog that lives in Africa and southern Asia and eats animals that have died or been killed by others.
A ___ sight, sound, or experience is so different or unexpected that it has a strong and unpleasant effect on something or someone.
A short journey for pleasure, sometimes including a stay.
A large block of stone standing by itself which was put up by people in the distant past (= a long time ago.
a rock, or a group of rocks, that sticks up out of the ground
A very angry state.