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May 2018

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: juggle

If you keep several objects, usually balls, but also plates, knives, or anything else, in continuous motion in the air at the same time by tossing and catching them, then you’re juggling. If you almost drop something, but you manage to catch it again, you’re juggling too. ‘To alter or manipulate accounts or figures in order to…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: gully

A gully is a small valley created by the effects of running water and that usually serves as a drainage way after prolonged heavy rains. A gutter or ditch can also be called a gully. As a verb, to gully means ‘to form such valleys or channels by the action of water.’ In Scotland, a gully is also an informal term for…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: manner

A manner is a way of doing, being done or happening. Always in the plural form manners, it means ‘the customs or habits of a people, class, or time period,’ or ‘a way of behaving with reference to polite standards.’ Someone’s bearing or behavior towards others can also be called a manner. Manner can also…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: league

A league is a group of people, organizations, parties, or even countries who unite to promote a common interest or to provide assistance or service to its members. A group, class, or category is also a league and, in sports, a league is a group of athletes or teams organized to compete among themselves. As a verb, it means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: guzzle

To guzzle means ‘to eat or drink greedily or excessively.’ Figuratively, if someone or something uses something in large quantities, that is also guzzling. Guzzle or gozzle is also used in the South and South Midland of the US as an informal term for…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: cuff

When we are talking about shirts, a cuff is fold or band at the end of a sleeve and, on trousers, mainly in US English, it’s the turned-up fold at the bottom of a trouser leg. In medicine, a cuff is part of a device for recording blood pressure: it’s the inflatable wrap placed around the upper arm. Always in the plural, cuffs are handcuffs, a pair of metal rings that…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: glint

A glint is a quick flash of light or a gleaming brightness. Figuratively, a brief manifestation of something is also called a glint. As a verb, to glint means ‘to shine with a quick flash’ or ‘to reflect or cause to glint’. ‘To move suddenly or dart’ is also to glint, although this meaning is…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: brim

The brim is the upper edge of anything hollow, such as a glass, a bowl, or a cup, and also an edge that sticks out, particularly the one that sticks out of a hat. As a verb, to brim means ‘to be full to the top,’ either literally or figuratively, or, less…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: hunch

A a verb, to hunch means ‘to arch in a hump’, and also ‘to walk, stand or sit in a bent way’. In US English, it can also mean to lunge or thrust yourself forward, though this use is now uncommon. As a noun, a hunch is of course a hump, but it is also a feeling or guess about…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: cake

We’re sure you know that a cake is a breadlike, sweet, baked food, popular at birthday parties or weddings. However, any other food shaped or molded as a mass, can also be a cake and, in general, a shaped block of something, like soap for example, too. Did you know that cake is also a verb? It means ‘to form into a dry layer or crust on the outside’ or ‘to encrust or…

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