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come up with
suggest or think of an idea or plan
outskirts
the parts of a town or city that are furthest from the centre
come up against
to have to deal with a problem
pop into
go into or visit for a short time
chill out
to relax and take it easy
hang around with
spend time with
cater for
provide what is wanted or needed by someone or something
cut down on
do less of something or use something in smaller amounts
pick up
collect something or someone
taste
the particular things you like, such as styles of music, clothes, decoration, etc
take in
to go to see a film, visit an interesting building, etc for enjoyment
variety
many different types of things or people
fuss
a situation in which people become excited, annoyed, or anxious about something, especially about something unimportant
wear out
make someone extremely tired
take over
take control of / occupy
pull in
attract
be up to sth
to be doing something, often something bad or illegal, usually secretly
independent store
a shop that is not part of a chain
quay
a structure built next to water where ships stop and goods are taken on and off
chain store
a group of shops that belong to a single company, have the same appearance, and sell similar goods
retailer
a person or business that sells goods to the public
cash register
a machine that is used in shops for keeping money in, and for recording everything that is sold
pigeonhole
to have an often unfair idea of what type someone or something is
shrink
to become or to make something smaller in size or amount
globalisation
a ​situation in which ​available ​goods and ​services, or ​social and ​cultural ​influences, ​gradually ​become ​similar in all ​parts of the ​world
evidence
something that makes you believe that something is true or exists
tyranny
a situation in which a leader or government has too much power and uses that power in a cruel and unfair way
oversimplify
to ​describe or ​explain something in such a ​simple way that it is no ​longer ​correct or ​true
indeed
used to emphasize that something is true or that you agree with it
erode
gradually wear away
inevitable
certain to happen and unable to be avoided or prevented
take sth or sb for granted
not realize or show that you are grateful for how much you get from sth or sb
define
to say exactly what something means, or what someone or something is like
distinction
a difference between two similar things
lament
to ​express ​sadness and ​feel ​sorry about something
wildly
extremely
doomed
certain to fail, die or be destroyed
diversity
a situation in which many different types of things or people are included in something
have your cake and eat it
to have or do two things that it is usually impossible to have or do at the same time
brand
a product that is made by a particular company
stereotype
a fixed idea or image that many people have of a particular type of person or thing, but which is often not true in reality
lament
to say that you are disappointed about a situation
thrive
to grow very well, or to become very healthy or successful
lingua franca
A language used as a common or commercial language among peoples who speak different languages.
uniformity
being the same size, shape, amount, etc
equipment
the things that are needed for a particular activity
masses
a large number or amount of sth
harm
hurt or damage
abandoned
describes a place, person or thing that has been left forever
eternal
continuing forever, or seeming to continue forever
untold
too much to be measured or counted
fuse
the part of a bomb or other explosive object that starts the explosion
therefore
for that reason
tremendous
very large, great, strong, etc
elixir
a substance, usually a liquid, with a magical power to cure, improve, or preserve something
heap
an untidy pile of things
container
an object such as a box or a bottle that is used for holding something
exploit
to use or develop something for your advantage
sadden
to make someone feel sad or disappointed
take sth in your stride
to calmly deal with something that is unpleasant and not let it affect what you are doing
take sb's breath away
to be extremely beautiful or surprising
exaggerate
to make something seem larger, more important, better, or worse than it really is
spending spree
a short period, usually enjoyable, of spending much more money than is usual
excessive
too much