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April 2018

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: chin

The chin, you might know already, is the lowest part of our face, below the mouth. Did you know that chin is also the verb for a gymnastics exercise? Chin, mostly in the UK, is what you do when you grasp an overhead bar and pull yourself upward until your chin is above or level with the bar—it is often used in the phrase “chin the bar” or reflexively, as “chin yourself.” This is why…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: crest

The crest is the highest part of a hill or a mountain and, more generally, the top of anything. Figuratively, it is the highest point or level of something. In a river, the crest is the point of highest flood and, in the ocean, it is the foamy top of a wave. In zoology, the crest is a natural growth on the top of an animal’s head. It can also be a…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: bump

To bump means ‘to collide or to come violently into contact with’ and also ‘to cause to collide.’ As an informal term, to bump is to deny a passenger his/her place on a flight or, in US English, to dismiss someone from a position or to take another person’s position. Also informally, to raise or force upwards is to bump too (in UK English, this is always used with up, but in US English you might…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: fetch

To fetch means ‘to go and get something and bring it back’ or ‘to cause someone to come.’ In financial terms, fetch means ‘to sell for.’ Informally, it can mean ‘to strike or deliver a blow.’ As a noun, fetch is the act of fetching, although this is rarely used. Unrelatedly, a fetch is…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: chunk

A chunk is a thick mass, lump, or piece of anything and also a large or significant amount of something. Informally, in US English, a strong, sturdy person can also be called a chunk, though this sense is a bit dated. In US English, chunk can also be used as a verb meaning ‘to cut or break into chunks’ or ‘to disintegrate into chunks.’ Only in the South of the USA, chunk is …

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