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A soft sound like that of something solid dropping lightly into a liquid.
A country ruled by a prince, or from which a prince takes his title.
An extremely large amount of something.
To stick out from or through something.
a long flat boat with square ends that you move by pushing a long pole against the bottom of the river
A long structure, usually built of stone, where boats can be tied up to take on and off their goods.
To walk for pleasure, especially in the countryside.
To press or be pressed against something with a circular or up-and-down repeated movement.
To move quickly just above a surface without touching it.
A small black and white sea bird with long, pointed wings and a divided tail.
a main road through a place
A crowd or large group of people.
A thin, usually square or rectangular piece of baked clay, plastic, etc. used for covering roofs, floors, walls, etc..
A river or stream that flows into a larger river or a lake.
Fig. to begin something; to hold a party or ceremony to mark the start of something.
let one's guard down
Fig. to stop guarding oneself against trouble; to relax one's vigilance.
Intended to help in early stages
[for a liquid] to fill up and spill over.
To excuse someone or something from a duty, payment, etc..
The place where a public event or meeting happens.
A cottage or cabin, often rustic, used as a temporary abode or shelter
To have someone's attention completely so that they cannot think of anything else.
to cost someone (an amount of money).
Praise and approval.
used for emphasizing how extreme or severe something is
Describes jewellery that attracts attention because it is big and expensive.
A certificate of debt issued by a government or corporation guaranteeing payment of the original investment plus interest by a specified future date.
Giving your opinions in a powerful and confident way.; expecting a successful future
Containing calories (= units of energy provided by food).
(of people who do particular jobs) having successfully finished the necessary training and exams.
a small flat object that you put under a cup to protect the table
To have a strong feeling of wanting something.
something such as a building or piece of land that is derelict is empty, not used, and in a bad condition
An official title or name.
The front of a building, especially a large or attractive building; a way of behaving that hides your real feelings
Mysterious and strange, or trying to appear like this.
To bring your eyebrows together so that there are lines on your face above your eyes to show that you are annoyed or worried.
A sweatshirt (= cotton clothing for the upper body) that has a hood to cover the head.
(in television) the reporting of news and facts in an entertaining and humorous way rather than providing real information.
An amount of money that is paid to someone illegally in exchange for secret help or work.
A large picture that has been painted on the wall of a room or building.
The act of using your power or influence to get good jobs or unfair advantages for members of your own family.
Slightly unpleasant or worrying so that you do not want to get involved in any way.
Too obviously showing your money, possessions, or power, in an attempt to make other people notice and admire you.
something that has been said so often that it is no longer interesting and shows a lack of imagination
To provide goods or services as a business, or to provide information.
Likely to vomit.
A tool with a deep bowl-shaped end that is used to dig out and move a soft substance or powder.
Waste matter such as water or human urine or solid waste.
Being the legal owner of land, a job, or an official public position, or the period of time during which you own it.
Free and natural, without embarrassment or too much control.
To prove that what someone said or did was right or true, after other people thought it was wrong.
To compete with other people to achieve or get something.
The act of washing yourself.
Not doing something, such as drinking alcohol or having sex.
If two or more things coalesce, they come or grow together to form one thing or system.
Skilful, clever, or quick.
Often of mistakes, extremely bad.
An often homeless boy who roams about the streets; an urchin.
Being the only example of its kind; unique
Deep respect and often praise shown for a person or god.
Marked by exhortation or strong urging
To put things that are not similar next to each other.
Willingness to give money, or money given to poor people by rich people.
Changing suddenly and often.
a pouting expression used to convey annoyance or distaste.
To look at someone with obvious sexual interest.
a piece of music, or a collection of pieces of music, written by a particular composer
Something that will solve all problems.
Describes food that decays quickly.
Sounding as if you want to give someone moral advice.
to happen again
Payment for work or services.
to state officially that a law no longer has legal authority and has ended
A person of bad character and habits.
Unwilling or unable to stay still or to be quiet and calm, because you are worried or bored.
To think carefully and for a long period about something.
People who are __ hide their feelings, thoughts, intentions, and actions from other people.
Trying to appear wise, clever, and important.
if you are snug, you feel warm, comfortable, and safe
Having long, thin lines, marks, or strips of colour.
expressing a strong personal opinion, attitude, or intention that other people are likely to argue with
Having or showing no moral rules or standards of good behaviour.
vagary/vagaries (usually plural)
unexpected changes that you cannot control
A __ spoken or written attack is full of angry criticism.
To reduce in size by drawing together; shrink.
to burden someone or something.
on the back
soon after an earlier success, and as a result of it:
Fig. to determine or fix something, such as a date, an agreement, an amount of money, a decision, etc.
in the wake of
Fig. after something; as a result of some event. (Alludes to a ship's wake.)
tip the scales
to make something more or less likely to happen, or to make someone more or less likely to succeed (often + against )
a regular article or feature in a paper
To avoid something intentionally, or to give something up.
To do or begin to do something, especially something that will take a long time or be difficult.
Fig. to interject a comment; to interrupt with a comment.
with no/any strings attached
Fig. unconditionally; with no obligations or conditions attached.
fall into line
Fig. to conform; to fall in(to) place.
the quality of being good enough
To add a short explanation or opinion to a text or drawing.
One of the tooth-like parts around the edge of a wheel in a machine that fits between those of a similar wheel, causing both wheels to move.