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May 2016

Word of the Day: hustle

Word of the Day May 31, 2016 hustle (verb, noun) /ˈhʌsəl/   LISTEN   Cities can be great places if you like hustle and bustle. As a verb, hustle means 'to move or cause to move in a hurry' and also 'to work very quickly.' It also means 'to use aggressive methods to persuade people to do something' and, in a more general sense, 'to be aggressively energetic to obtain something.' In US English, it means 'to promote or sell something aggressively.' As a slang term, hustle means 'to earn money by illegal means.' As a noun, hustle is any energetic […]

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Word of the Day: bark

Word of the Day May 30, 2016 bark (noun, verb) /bɑrk/   LISTEN   Sometimes dogs bark to warn strangers away from their territory. A bark is the sharp sound made by a dog, wolf, or fox and, by extension, any sharp sound similar to this, especially when someone is coughing or laughing. It is also used to describe the sound of a gun explosion and, figuratively, a bark is something said rudely, especially an order. As a verb and in reference to dogs or guns, to bark means 'to make a barking sound,' and also 'to say something rudely or harshly.' […]

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Word of the Day: peer

Word of the Day May 27, 2016 peer (noun, verb) /pɪr/   LISTEN   Mark and Ally are peers in Mrs. Mariano's class. A peer is someone with the same legal status, or someone of the same age, abilities, and social status as you. However, the verb peer has a completely unrelated meaning. To peer means' to look intently,' as in the effort to see clearly, or 'to appear partially,' normally used of the sun or a light, or 'to protrude slightly.'   Example sentences   • When someone is charged with a crime, he or she has the right […]

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Word of the Day: rumble

Word of the Day May 26, 2016 rumble (noun, verb) /ˈrʌmbəl/   LISTEN   If you see lightning, you'll almost certainly hear a rumble of thunder a few seconds later. As a verb, rumble means 'to make a deep continuous sound,' like thunder and, in reference to vehicles, it means to move with such a sound. Rumble also means 'to say with a rumbling sound'. Informally, in British English, it means 'to discover a secret activity' and, as a slang term, it means 'to take part in a street fight between gangs,' although this meaning is now dated. As a noun, […]

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Word of the Day: blunt

Word of the Day May 25, 2016 blunt (adjective, verb) /blʌnt/  LISTEN   If your pencil is blunt, you will need a pencil sharpener. When something is blunt, it means that it has a thick and round edge. In reference to something that should be sharp, like a knife, blunt means that it is not sharp at all. Blunt also means 'impolite and abrupt' when used to refer to a person or comment and also 'insensitive' or 'slow to perceive.' As a verb, blunt means 'to make or become less sharp' or 'to make something less keen or forceful.'   […]

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Word of the Day: buckle

Word of the Day May 24, 2016 buckle (noun, verb) /ˈbʌkəl/   LISTEN   A belt buckle A buckle is a rectangular flat clasp fixed to the end of a belt or strap and used for fastening, or connecting, the two ends of it together. It is also any similarly shaped object used for decoration. As a verb, buckle means 'to fasten, or close, with a buckle' and also 'to bend the body because of fatigue.' It also means 'to bend by applying heat or pressure' and, figuratively, it means 'to collapse due to stress.' It can also mean 'to […]

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Word of the Day: tease

Word of the Day May 23, 2016 tease (verb, noun) /tiz/   LISTEN   Lots of children get teased at school. As a verb, tease means 'to annoy someone by making jokes or other comments about him/her' and you can also tease an animal by provoking it. It also means 'to tempt someone romantically or sexually without any real intention of satisfying that desire' or 'to fluff up hair by combing it from the end towards the top of the head.' It can also mean 'to separate wool or hair into separate strands, or pieces.' A person can be called a […]

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Word of the Day: punch

Word of the Day May 20, 2016 punch (noun, verb) /pʌntʃ/   LISTEN   Punch is a popular drink at parties A punch is, most commonly, a hard hit with the fist, and it can also be the power or impact of something. As a verb, to punch means 'to hit hard with the fist' or 'to press a key or button on a machine.' A punch is also a machine for making holes in paper or other materials and, as a verb, it means 'to make holes with a punch.'   Example sentences   • The boxer's punch knocked […]

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Word of the Day: gear

Word of the Day May 19, 2016 gear (noun, verb) /gɪr/    LISTEN     A gear is a wheel or disk with teeth that fit exactly into the teeth of another wheel, in order to modify the speed or direction of a mechanism, such as those found in engines and clocks. It is also the thing that is assembled with all those parts, such as the gears of a car. In addition, gear is any apparatus or material used for a purpose, and informally, it can mean either 'belongings' or 'clothes.' As a verb, gear means 'to provide with gears' […]

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Word of the Day: brittle

Word of the Day May 18, 2016 brittle (adjective, verb) /ˈbrɪtəl/    LISTEN   Peanut brittle When something is brittle, it means that, even though it's hard, it's easy to break. For example, a thin sheet of ice can be brittle. This can also be used figuratively to talk about a person, meaning that they appear strong and cheerful but they are actually tense and nervous. In reference to a person, it can also mean 'lacking sensitivity or compassion.' When it describes a tone of voice, it means 'sharp and unpleasant' or 'tense and nervous.' As a verb, brittle means 'to make or become […]

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