Intermediate+ Word of the Day: heap

A heap is a group of things thrown or placed one on top of one another, forming an untidy pile. Informally, any great or large number of anything can be called a heap. As a verb, to heap means ‘to gather in a heap’ or ‘to put in a heap.’ To heap also means ‘to accumulate’ and, if you give something in great amounts or supply something or someone with great deal of something, that’s also to heap and, in this sense, the verb is often used with…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: falter

To falter is a verb that means ‘to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, or intent,’ ‘to speak with doubt or hesitation,’ or, when we are talking about someone’s voice or speech, ‘to be unsteady or wavering.’ In relation to movement, it means ‘to walk or move unsteadily.’ If machines or other devices falter, it means that they stop working smoothly. As a noun, falter is a…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: muck

Muck is farmyard waste, which is often used as fertilizer, or animal excrement. More generally, mud, dirt, or fitlh can be called muck as well. Mainly in UK English, something of poor quality, especially food, can be called muck. As a verb, to muck means ‘to make dirty’ or, now usually followed by out, ‘to clear the…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: clam

A clam is a soft-bodied edible shellfish with two connected shells. Informally, a very silent and secretive person can be called a clam. As a slang term in the US, a clam is a dollar, though this is now a bit dated. As a verb, mainly used in US English, to clam means ‘to dig for or gather…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: click

A click, you might know, is a sharp sound. The related verb means ‘to make such a sound’ and, informally and figuratively, ‘to become suddenly understood or clear.’ Figuratively if things click, it means that they go well together or if two people click, it means that they like each other immediately. More literally, to click means ‘to strike together with a clicking sound.’ We’re sure you know that in computing, to click means…

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