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March 2018

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: lounge

You have probably heard people use the word lounge when talking about a room for relaxing or waiting, like the ones you might find in airports, train stations, or other public places. Mostly in UK English, a lounge is also a living room in someone’s home and, in US English, it’s a piece of furniture, an often backless sofa with a headrest at one end. All these senses relate to the verb lounge, which means ‘to spend…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: rag

A rag is a piece of cloth, especially one that is old or torn. In its plural form, rags are tattered or torn clothing. Informally, a rag is a newspaper or magazine thought of as being of low or poor quality. As a verb, also informally, it means ‘to scold’ and also ‘to tease,’ although…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: streak

A streak is a long, narrow mark or smear and also a strip, vein, or layer. Figuratively, an element of behavior or personality is also a streak, as are a number of occurrences or a spell. A flash leaving a visible line is a streak as well. As a verb, to streak means ‘to form streaks,’ ‘to lighten or…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: stride

To stride means ‘to walk with long steps’ or ‘to pass over or across something with a big step.’ As a noun, a stride is, of course, a long step and also the distance covered in one stride. Figuratively, a stride is a step forwards towards development or progress. In Australian English, always in the plural form, strides…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: worm

A worm is a long creature with no legs or backbone. More loosely, insect larvae and even some adult insects are sometimes called worms. Figuratively, a worthless, despicable person can be called a worm. In its plural form, worms is a medical disorder caused by worms living in the intestines of humans or animals. As a verb, to worm means ‘to creep, crawl or move slowly into or through a small or…

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