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August 2018

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: slat

A slat is a long, narrow strip of wood, metal, or the like used as a support for a bed, or the horizontal strips Venetian blinds have, for example. Colloquially, in US English, always in the plural form, slats are ribs. The verb to slat means to fit with slats. Unrelatedly, as a…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: plow (US), plough (UK)

A plow, in US English, or plough, in UK English, is a large tool used in farming for cutting, lifting, turning over, and breaking up soil, or any other tool that resembles this, such as those used to remove snow from roads. As a verb, to plow (or plough) means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: dangle

To dangle means ‘to hang or swing loosely’ and also ‘to cause something to hang loosely.’ If you dangle after someone, it means that you hang around them or follow them as if looking for favor or attention (although this sense is now dated). Figuratively, if you…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: bundle

A bundle is a package, an item wrapped for carrying, or various items bound together. Figuratively, a large amount of something can be called a bundle and, as a slang term, a bundle means ‘a lot of money.’ As a verb, to bundle means ‘to wrap in a bundle’ and ‘to include…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: sloth

A sloth is a slow-moving, tree-dwelling tropical American animal. They have long, coarse, brown or grayish fur and big claws for gripping tree branches while hanging upside down, as they usually do. And do you know why they’re called that? Because sloth means…

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