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November 2017

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: flay

To flay means ‘to strip the skin off an animal or a person’ or ‘to strip the outer covering off something.’ Figuratively, it can mean ‘to strip of money or property,’ although this sense is now rare. Flay can also mean ‘to criticize harshly’ or ‘to scold…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: stitch

A stitch is the movement of a threaded needle through a fabric that leaves one single loop of thread, as done when sewing. The loop of thread left is also a stitch. Informally, the slightest piece of fabric or of clothing can also be called stitch and, less commonly, so can the least bit of work. A sharp pain in the side of the body, like you get sometimes when you’ve been running, is also a…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: whoop

A whoop is a loud shout or cry, usually indicating excitement, enthusiasm, or joy. As a verb, to whoop means ‘to make a loud cry or shout’ or ‘to utter something with a whoop.’ Owls and other birds also…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: daze

To daze means ‘to stun or stupefy,’ especially with a blow or a shock. It also means ‘to overwhelm’ or ‘to dazzle,’ either in a negative or a positive way. The noun daze, often used in the expression “in a daze,” is the state of being…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: pledge

A pledge is promise to do or to stop doing something. It is also something that you leave with someone, as proof that you will pay them back a debt or that you’ll keep a promise, as well as anything given as proof of love or friendship. In US English, a person accepted into a club but not formally initiated is also a pledge. This use is most common in college sororities and fraternities. As a verb, to pledge means…

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