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March 2018

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: cock

A cock is a male chicken, or generally the male of any bird. You might not hear this so often because, as a slang term, cock means ‘penis’, and this is why most people in the US say rooster and most people in the UK say cockerel (strictly speaking, a young cock) instead of cock. As a verb, if you cock a gun it means that you…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: fink

Fink is a US slang term. It can be an informer, someone who gives information to authorities, a strikebreaker, or a labor spy. A contemptible or unattractive person can also be called a fink, though this sense is now obsolete. As a verb, to fink means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: clout

A clout is a blow or hit, especially one given with the hand. Informally, as an uncountable noun, clout means ‘strong influence.’ In baseball, a clout is a long hit and, in archery, the mark or target shot at from a long distance. As a verb, to clout…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: reel

A reel is a cylinder or other device that spins and is used to wind up or let out wire, rope, or film, such as the ones used on fishing rods or kites or movie projectors. The amount of something wound on a reel is also called reel, and the verb to reel means ‘to wind on a reel’ or, followed by either in or out, ‘to pull by winding on a reel.’ To reel also means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: grub

A grub is the thick-bodied, sluggish young of certain insects such as the beetle. As a slang term, grub means food. The verb to grub means ‘to dig out of the ground,’ in this sense it is often used with up, or ‘to have a laborious life or do laborious work.’ Informally, it means ‘to…

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