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December 2016

Intermediate+ Word of the day: stocking

A stocking is an item of clothing mostly worn by women, which tightly covers the foot and the leg up to the thigh. It can be made of cotton, nylon, or other materials. However, stocking can refer to Christmas stockings as well, those long socks that kids hang up on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa to fill them up with presents…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: cane

A cane is a short stick used to help someone walk (this is also called a walking stick). It’s also a long woody stem, such as the ones in some plants like bamboo, as well as the material of this stem used to make furniture or smaller objects. As a verb, to cane means ‘to hit with a cane’ or ‘to make something with cane’…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: trim

To trim means ‘to make tidy or neat by clipping or by cutting what’s unnecessary.’ Figuratively, it means ‘to reduce or cut down.’ Trim also means ‘to decorate or adorn with ornaments.’ As a noun, a trim is the action of trimming by cutting, or a material used for decoration. A trim is also….

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: fringe

A fringe is a decorative border of short threads, loops, or other material, used on fabric. A fringe is also a marginal part of something, the outer edge of something, or a group with extreme views on something. In the UK, a fringe is a section of hair cut straight across the forehead (called bangs in the US). To fringe, as a verb, is ‘to furnish or arrange with a fringe’…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: perk

To perk, followed by up, means ‘to become cheerful and lively again after being sad for a bit’ and also ‘to rise quickly.’ Informally, still with up, it means ‘to make smart.’ Informally, to perk also means ‘to brew, or prepare’ in reference to coffee, as a shortened version of percolate. As a noun, a perk is a perquisite….

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