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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: slant

To slant means ‘to turn away from a straight line,’ especially a horizontal line. Figuratively, it means ‘to distort information by presenting it from a particular viewpoint’ or ‘to present something in such a way as to interest a particular group.’ As a noun, a slant is a slope, an oblique direction or angle, or, figuratively, a mental leaning or distortion or a point of view or opinion. Informally, in US English, a slant can be…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: wry

If we are talking about a facial expression, wry means the expression makes the features temporarily contorted or twisted, often as a sign of displeasure or distaste. It can also mean that something is twisted abnormally, crooked, or turned to one side. When we are talking about words or thoughts, wry means ‘wrong or unsuitable.’ More recently, and now most commonly, wry has come to mean…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: slope

To slope means ‘to have an inclined or oblique direction or angle’ and also ‘to move at such inclination.’ To form something with such an inclination is also to slope. As a noun, a slope is ground that has a natural inclination, like the sides of a hill. It is also the inclination itself or any other inclined…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: clip

You might know that a clip is a a metal or plastic clasp that holds papers or other things together or a jewellery piece used as a decoration for clothing. Related to this sense the verb clip means ‘to fasten with, or as if with a clip.’ But clip has another meaning, ‘to cut off, trim or give shape to something,’ as you might do with scissors or shears. Figuratively it means…

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