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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