Intermediate+ Word of the Day: drip

To drip means ‘to fall in drops’ or ‘to dribble.’ As a noun, a drip is the act of dripping, the liquid that drips, and also the sound made by the drops. Colloquially, we call someone boring or dull a drip. In medicine, a drip is the continuous introduction of a fluid into the body…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: flock

A flock is a group of animals or birds that live or travel together and, figuratively, a large group of people or things. In religion, a flock is a church congregation. As a verb, to flock means ‘to gather or go in a group.’ Unrelatedly, flock is also wool or cloth refuse, usually used to stuff mattresses or upholster furniture. The verb means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: snoop

If you snoop, it means that you go around in a sneaky way trying to get information or see something that would usually be kept private. As a noun, a snoop is the act of snooping. Informally, someone who does this is also called a snoop, or a snooper, and sometimes a private detective can also be called a snoop..

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: pass

As a verb, to pass means ‘to move past or go by’ or ‘to cross or go over.’ It also means ‘to experience or undergo.’ In reference to time, it means ‘to elapse’ or, in reference to a situation, state, or feeling, it means ‘to come to an end.’ When we’re talking about objects, to pass means ‘to transfer or convey’ or ‘to cause to go through or over or under somewhere.’ As a noun, a pass is the action of conveying or transferring something, especially the transfer of a ball between players on the same team in sports, but it is also a narrow road or path across part of a mountain range, written permission to enter somewhere, and a state of affairs. Informally, a pass is an action….

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: snip

To snip means ‘to cut with quick and small strokes,’ as you do with scissors. As a noun, a snip is the act of snipping and also the thing that’s been snipped off. Any small amount of something can also be called a snip. Colloquially, in US English, an insignificant person or an impertinent one can be called a snip, though this use is a bit dated. In British English, a snip is a bargain…

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