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Unit 1 - Vocabulary - Collocations


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overnight
'She became a star *.'(ADJ and ADV) sudden(ly) and unexpected(ly):
overnight success
something that becomes successful very quickly: 'The film 'Star Wars' was an * *.'
burning
a * ambition, desire, need etc is very strong:
burning issue/question
a subject or question that must be dealt with or answered quickly: 'Education has become a * * in this election.'
meet with (e.g.failure)
to experience something, usually something unpleasant: 'Children usually don't know what to do when they * * (*).'
increase/strengthen/improve sb's motivation
(= raise the feeling of enthusiasm for sth in sb) 'These methods can help to * students' * and interest.'
formidable
'a * opponent/challenge'; very impressive in size, power, or skill and therefore deserving respect and often difficult to deal with
daunting
making you feel slightly frightened or worried about your ability to achieve something: 'The country was faced with the * prospect of overcoming four decades of division.'
lifelong
(before noun) lasting for the whole of a person's life: 'a * friendship/habit/ambition etc'
continued
(before noun) still happening, existing, or done: '* fighting in the city is causing great concern.'
dismal
sad and without hope: ' * failure; * expression'
resounding
very great or complete; 'a * success/victory/defeat'
rise to the occasion/challenge
to show that you can deal with a difficult situation successfully: In the exam she * * * * and wrote a brilliant essay.
rule out
to decide or say officially that something is impossible or will not happen, or that something or someone is not suitable: 'This recent wave of terrorism has *d * any chance of peace talks.' (= exclude)
sporting
relating to sports:'The Olympics is the biggest * event in the world.'
trivial
describes a problem that is easy to solve
slim
(collocate with 'chance') FIGURATIVE: thin: They've only a * chance of winning (= it's unlikely that they will win).
recurring/recurrent
happening many times, or happening again: 'The father-daughter relationship is a * theme in her novels.' 'For much of his life he suffered from * bouts of depression.'
outlying
(only before noun) existing outside and away from a particular place: 'ferry services to * islands'