Intermediate+ Word of the Day

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: calf

A calf is a young domestic cow, or the young of other animals like elephants, seals, and whales. In clothing, calf refers to calfskin leather. Informally, a silly man or boy can also be called a calf, although this meaning is rarely heard now. Unrelatedly, a calf is also the fleshy part of the back of the leg below the knee…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: gauge

To gauge means ‘to determine the exact dimensions, size, force or quantity of something.’ However, it also means ‘to estimate’ and ‘to judge.’ As a noun, a gauge is an instrument for taking measurements and also a criterion used to make an estimation.’ In military terms or when we talk about guns, gauge means ‘a unit of measure of the inner diameter of a shotgun barrel’…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: lift

To lift means ‘to move from a lower to a higher position,’ ‘to raise,’ ‘to hold high,’ and also ‘to stop or put an end to something.’ It can also mean ‘to remove pain, sadness, or a burden’ and, informally, ‘to plagarize’ or ‘to steal.’ A lift is the act of raising and the weight, load, or quantity of the thing lifted. A ride in a vehicle is also lift, especially in UK English, and a short feeling of happiness or…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: bully

A bully is someone who intimidates, bothers, mocks, or hurts others, usually smaller or weaker people. The verb to bully is what bullies do, intimidate, bother, mock, and hurt others. It also means ‘to be arrogant and overbearing.’ However, despite its negative connotations, in US English, as an adjective, and informally, bully means ‘very good’ or ‘high spirited,’ though this use is now dated. As an interjection, usually in the expression…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: fork

A fork is an agricultural or gardening tool with a long handle and two or more sharp prongs, used for lifting, carrying, throwing, or digging. From this, we also get the name for the implement with two or more prongs that we use for holding food while it is being cut and carrying it to our mouths (usually, the one you eat with will have three or four prongs and one with two prongs is likely to have a longer handle and be used to hold meat while it is being carved). A fork is also the point at which something…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: hike

You may know already that to hike means ‘to walk a great distance’ either for pleasure, training, or exercising. Usually followed by up, it also means ‘to move up out of place or position,’ or ‘to move or raise with a jerk.’ To hike can also mean ‘to increase suddenly.’ As a noun, a hike is a long walk and a sharp and unexpected increase…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: rig

To rig is to fit out a ship with ropes, chains, sails, etc. More generally, usually followed by out, it means ‘to equip’ and, usually followed by up, to prepare or assemble something. In a negative sense, rig means ‘to manipulate in a dishonest way.’ As a noun, a rig is any equipment used for…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: twine

A twine is a strong thread made of several threads twisted together and a knot or tangle. As a verb, to twine means ‘to twist something together with something else,’ ‘to insert with a twisting motion,’ ‘to form by twisting together.’ It also means ‘to wrap’ and, usually followed by around or about, ‘to clasp something around something else’…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: cross

A cross is a figure with two lines drawn across each other and also a mark, usually an x. It’s also a Christian symbol. Figuratively, a cross is a cause of suffering or trouble, a person or thing having some characteristics of two different things or people. As a verb, to cross means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: piss

Piss is the vulgar word we use for urine or the act of urinating. As a verb, it means ‘to urinate.’ But piss has many other meanings, depending on the adverb we use it with. For example, piss away means ‘to waste’ something, such as money, time, or an opportunity. In the UK, piss off means ‘to leave a place,’ but to piss someone off is…

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