Intermediate+ Word of the Day: chuck

In US English, Chuck is a form of the male given name Charles, but chuck is also a verb that means ‘to toss,’ ‘to throw away’ (sometimes followed by out), or ‘to give up’ (sometimes followed by in). It also means ‘to tap lightly,’ normally under the chin. A chuck is therefore a light tap and also a toss or pitch. Talking about food, chuck is the cut of beef between the neck and the shoulder…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: stark

Stark is an adjective that means ‘complete or pure’ and also ‘harsh, grim, or desolate in appearance.’ Something extremely simple or severe can also be called stark, as can something plain, blunt, and not softened. Something sharply distinct can also be called stark. As an adverb, it means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: split

You might know already that split means ‘to divide into separate portions’ or ‘to separate.’ It can also mean ‘to share,’ if you divide something between different people in a group. As a slang term, to split means ‘to leave.’ As a noun, a split is a crack or, in US English, a piece of wood separated by splitting. Split is also a dessert, an ice-cream dish made with a split banana, ice cream, flavored syrup, and chopped nuts (in the UK, this is…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: throttle

A throttle is a valve in an engine that controls how much fuel enters the cylinders and also a lever or pedal that controls this valve. As a verb, to throttle means ‘to obstruct or check the flow of a fluid, so as to control the speed of an engine.’ It also means ‘to compress the throat to stop air from going in and out’ or ‘to choke or suffocate in any way.’ Figuratively, it means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: dunk

If you like coffee or tea and you also like cookies or croissants, then you probably dunk your food into your coffee before eating it. You can of course dunk any food item into any beverage or into soup. If you push something or someone briefly under water or any other liquid, that is also to dunk. In US English, to dunk also means ‘to submerge yourself in water.’ In basketball, to dunk means to slam a…

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