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July 2018

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: gust

A gust is a sudden and strong blast of wind and it can also be a burst of fire or water or a puff of smoke. Figuratively, any sudden burst of emotion and feelings can also be called a gust. As a verb, to gust means ‘to blow or rush in gusts.’ In the old days, gust was also a noun that meant ‘flavor or taste’. Although this meaning is now archaic, you might still…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: wink

To wink, as you may know already, means ‘to close and open just one eye very quickly,’ often as a signal or hint of something. It can also be used as a synonym of ‘blink’, that is, opening and closing both eyes quickly. If lights wink, it means they go on and off very quickly or shine with little flashes of light. But wink, always followed by…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: ripe

You might have heard ripe as an adjective to describe fruit, meaning ‘completely matured and ready to be picked and eaten.’ It is also used figuratively to mean ‘resembling fruit in its fullness’ and also ‘in its best condition to be used.’ If the time is ripe for something, that means it is…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: pout

Pout is something kids do a lot, although adults do it too; it is when we push out our lips to show displeasure, unhappiness, or anger. Sometimes adults also do it to look attractive. To act annoyed or unhappy is also to pout, even when you’re not pushing out your lips. Pout can also mean…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: sling

A sling is a a device for throwing a stone or something similar by hand, usually a strap with a string at each end that is whirled around in a circle to gain speed before releasing the rock or stone, and also a slingshot, a Y-shaped stick with a piece of elastic between the forks for shooting…

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