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A device used to control the flow of liquid from something such as a barrel.
To (cause to) lose balance and fall down.
impossible to continue because of serious problems, opposition, or criticism
To make a public statement of your approval or support for something or someone.
A long strip or large area especially of land.
A black substance, sticky when hot, used especially for making roads.
bristle at something
to show sudden anger or other negative response to something. (Alludes to a dog or cat raising the hair on its back in anger or as a threat.)
to appear without warning; to happen suddenly; [for something] to begin to reveal itself in the open. Some new problems cropped up at the last minute.
More important than anything else.
A machine that operates on its own without the need for human control, or a person who acts like a machine, without thinking or feeling.
Familiar with something; usual.
familiar with something and able to deal with it in a sensitive way
money that someone gives or lends to a person or organization with financial problems
Feeling you have a duty to someone because they have done something for you.
A tree with a smooth, often white bark (= outer covering) and thin branches.
The main force of something unpleasant.
To remember officially and give respect to a great person or event, especially by a public ceremony or by making a statue or special building.
Proving that something is true, or ending any doubt.
To prepare land and grow crops on it, or to grow a particular crop.
A sweet sauce made from eggs, milk, and sugar and poured over sweet dishes.
Extremely worried, nervous, or upset.
A long angry look.
Officially having the named position.
Relating to ships, sailing, or sailors.
Continuing for a long time.
the process of learning something by repeating it many times rather than by understanding it
To make something or someone completely wet.
Operating or performing skilfully and effectively, without problems and without seeming to need effort.
A tool used for digging especially soil or sand, with a long handle and a flat blade.
To encourage an activity or development or make it happen faster.
Of a star or stars.
To appear to be about to fall while moving or standing.
To pull a plant including its roots out of the ground.
Careful to look at or consider every part of something to make certain it is correct or safe.
To try to destroy or damage something, especially an established political system.
a long thin piece of something that forms rings or curls
To become tighter and narrower, or to make something become tighter and narrower.
To (cause someone to) die because they do not have enough oxygen.
Having a lot of money or owning a lot of things.
Involving little exercise or physical activity.
Relating to or involving society.
Said in a clear and short way; expressing what needs to be said without unnecessary words.
To represent something.
A very large amount of something, especially a larger amount than you need, want, or can deal with.
Describes events, numbers, etc. that follow one after another without an interruption.
Connected with human activity at sea.
A piece of leather or rope that is fastened to a stick, used for hitting animals or people.
To go to a party or other event when you have not been invited.
A large tree that is common in northern countries, or the hard wood of this tree.
To make a bad situation worse.
Having some of the same qualities.
a person or business that is bankrupt has officially admitted that they have no money and cannot pay what they owe
A person who asks for something that they believe belongs to them or that they have a right to.
Someone who has done something wrong.
To send something, especially goods or a message, somewhere for a particular purpose.
To invent a plan, system, object, etc., usually cleverly or using imagination.
To take a machine apart or to come apart into separate pieces.
To cause something or someone to change direction.
Very good and suitable to be copied by other people.
Someone who gets money by deceiving people.
something that is intended to impress and interest you but is really not at all useful
An amount of money, such as a tax, that you have to pay to a government or organization.
something that has been left out of a law or legal document that people can use to avoid obeying it
a tall plant that produces yellow seeds that are called sweetcorn when cooked and eaten. The American word is corn.
Solid waste from animals, especially horses, that is spread on the land in order to make plants grow well.
The quality of being good and deserving praise.
an area of soft wet ground
To force someone to do something, or to make it necessary for someone to do something.
To repair or improve something so that every part of it works as it should.
to officially accuse someone of a crime and ask a court of law to judge them
(an example of) activity against another person, especially as a punishment by military forces or a political group.
To remove dirt from something by rubbing it hard with something rough; to search a place or document thoroughly for something
A principal raw material or commodity grown or produced in a region; Produced or stocked in large quantities to meet steady demand
if your patience wears thin, you become less and less patient (often in continuous tenses); if a joke, an excuse, or an explanation wears thin, it becomes less effective because it has been used too much (often in continuous tenses)
Having the highest rank, level, or importance.
To supply land with water so that crops and plants will grow.
One of the official areas of a country that elects someone to represent it in a parliament .
To criticize something as bad, without value or unnecessary.
To (cause power or responsibility to) be given to other people.
To consider one thing to be the same as or equal to another thing.
A large piece of card, paper, etc. with a message written or printed on it, often carried in public places by people who are complaining about something.
the introduction of a new product, especially when it gradually becomes available in a large number of places
a large fish that lives in northern seas, rivers, and lakes, and whose eggs are eaten as caviar
A seat without any support for the back or arms.
Describes two or more people who are next to each other and moving in the same direction.
Specially made for a particular person.
a short news broadcast
The group of soldiers in an army who fight in tanks, or (especially in the past) on horses.
Describes a disease or condition that exists at or from birth.
Boring and making you feel unhappy.
One part of a subject, situation, etc. that has many parts.
interrupting a peaceful situation
to move suddenly in a way that is not smooth or controlled
very unimportant or small
To block a road, passage, entrance, etc. so that nothing can go along it, or to prevent something from happening correctly by putting difficulties in its way.
To pretend to be or to do something, especially in a way that is not easy to believe.
To measure or judge the size or amount of something.
Using something or someone as a way of getting help, especially in a difficult or dangerous situation.
An amount that is less than the level that was expected or needed.