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Word of this week on September 12th, 2013                                              
thorough /ˈθɚroʊ/adjective
[more thorough; most thorough] 1: including every possible part or detail
a thorough investigation/search a thorough [=complete] examination a thorough understanding of the rules and regulations
2: careful about doing something in an accurate and exact way :meticulous
a thorough worker The investigator will have to be thorough.
3: always used before a noun, chiefly Brit: complete or absolute
a thorough disgrace a thorough mess/nuisance
— thor·ough·lyadverb [more thoroughly; most thoroughly]
You've thoroughly [=completely] messed things up. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. He studied the proposal very thoroughly. That's been thoroughly documented/proven.
— thor·ough·nessnoun [noncount]
gout /ˈgaʊt/noun
[noncount] : a disease that causes painful swelling of the joints especially in the toes
— gouty /ˈgaʊti/adjective, gout·i·er; gout·i·est
gouty toes

Word of this week on August 23rd, 2013                                                    
Floor plan
plural plans
[count] : a plan that shows the position of the rooms in a building
Before construction began, we adjusted the building's floor plan to take advantage of the view. a house with an unusual floor plan—called also ground plan
US1: bright with the sun's rays
a sunshiny [=sunny] day
2: full of happiness
sunshiny songs the children's sunshiny [=happy] faces

Word of this week on August 7th, 2013                                                      
Color blind
1: unable to see the difference between certain colors
Many color-blind people cannot distinguish between red and green.
2: treating people of different skin colors equally : not affected by racial prejudice
The company claims to be color-blind. color-blind policies
— color blindness (US) or Brit colour blindnessnoun [noncount]
has a common form of color blindness.
A piece of music (not a song of music)
[count] : an example or amount of something — usually singular+ of May I offer you a piece [=bit] of advice? [=may I offer you some advice?] I just heard a wonderful piece of news! a new piece of information/evidence an important piece of legislation a silly piece of nonsense  That's a really nice piece of work you've done there! an impressive piece of acting a famous piece [=work] of art/literature/music
[count] a: a work of art, music, drama, or literature
The statue David is one of Michelangelo's most famous pieces. a piece painted by Pablo Picasso Next, we will be performing a piece by J. S. Bach. a piano piece = a piece (written) for piano They performed a short dramatic piece written for the king's birthday.

Word of this week on July 31st, 2013                                                         
face to music
Accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions.
cat got your tongue
A question addressed to someone who is inexplicably silent.
raise your eyebrow
If something causes you to raise an eyebrow or to raise your eyebrows, it causes you to feel surprised or disapproving.
laugh one's head off
to laugh very hard and loudly, as if one's head might come off.
An early sign of tetanus, in which the jaw is locked closed because of a tonic spasm of the muscles of mastication. Also called trismus.
Keep your chin up.
an expression of encouragement to someone who has to bear some emotional burdens.

Word of this week on July 11th, 2013                                                         
cheeky /ˈi:ki/adjective
chiefly Brit, informal: rude and showing a lack of respect often in a way that seems
playful or amusing 
cheeky humor a cheeky grin

Word of this week on June 26th, 2013                                                         
1: required by a law or rule 
   ex. compulsory [=mandatory] education/retirement
2: having the power of forcing someone to do something  
   ex. a compulsory law

Word of this week on May 16th, 2013                                                          

float   /ˈflōt/ noun

 a vehicle with a platform used to carry an exhibit in a parade. the vehicle and exhibit together.
low-key also low-keyed adj.
1. Having low intensity; restrained, as in style or quality; subdued.

2. Having or producing uniformly dark tones with few areas of contrast, as in a photograph or film.


Word of this week on April 25th, 2013                                                            
jay walk /ˈʤeɪˌwɑ:k/ verb
[no obj] : to cross a street carelessly or at an illegal or dangerous place

— jay·walk·er noun

Word of this week on April 11th, 2013                                                           
blacktop ˈblækˌtɑ:p
[noncount]  black material that is used for making roads US=asphalt
cavity  ˈkævəti
[count] 1: a hole or space inside something
            2: a hole formed in a tooth by decay

Word of this week on March 28th, 2013                                                         
McD's  [məkdíːz]
an expression in the U.S. as McDonald's.
a slang for McDonald's in Australia and New Zealand.

Word of this week on March 14th, 2013                                                         
Fire drill
noun/plural drills
[count] : an activity in which people practice leaving a place quickly so that they will know what to do if there is a fire
always used before a noun
1 technical: of, relating to, or caused by an earthquake
seismic activity/data/waves/zones
2 [more seismic; most seismic] : very great or important
Seismic social changes have occurred. The discovery caused a seismic shift [=a great change] in public attitudes.
— seis·mi·cal·ly /ˈsaɪzmɪkli/adverb
a seismically active region [=a region where many earthquakes occur]

Word of this week on February 28th, 2013                                                   
plural ant·eat·ers
[count] : an animal that has a very long nose and tongue and eats ants
plural gre·nades
[count] : a small bomb that is designed to be thrown by someone or shot from a rifle
a hand grenade a grenade-launcher
Hand grenade

  Word of this week on February 13th, 2013                                                  
/ˈɑ:dət/noun plural au·dits
1: a complete and careful examination of the financial records of a business or person
The audit showed that the company had mislead investors.
The Internal Revenue Service selected us for an audit.
You will need all your records if you are selected for audit by the IRS.
2 [count] : a careful check or review of something
Our local power company will perform an energy audit [=survey, inspection] of our house.
Investigators called for an audit [=review, analysis] of flight safety standards.

  Word of this week on January 31st, 2013                                                   
1: a mixture of salty water used especially to preserve or add flavor to food
The chicken was soaked in brine before it was roasted.
2: the salty water of the ocean
ocean brine
brine pools

 Word of this week on December 20th                                                         


/ˈkɑ:nʤɚ, Brit ˈkʌnʤə/verb

con·jures; con·jured; con·jur·ing

[+ obj] 1: to make (something) appear or seem to appear by using magic
 a magician who conjures live doves from silk scarves
usually + up In the movie she has the power to conjure up storms, fires, and earthquakes.
2 a: to make you think of (something)
The title of the book conjures [=evokes] images of politics, protest, and war.
usually + up The photos conjure up memories of a simpler time.
For many, the word Greenland conjures up images of vast, icy plains.
b: to create or imagine (something)
The students conjured a clever scheme to raise the money they needed.
usually + up Her imagination conjured up a summer scene.

 Word of this week on December 13th                                                        



yields; yield·ed; yield·ing

1 [+ obj] a: to produce or provide (something, such as a plant or crop)
ex. The apple/peach trees yielded an abundant harvest.
ex. This soil should yield good crops.
ex. The seeds yield a rich oil.

b: to produce (something) as a result of time, effort, or work
ex. New methods have yielded promising results in the field.
ex. The studies yielded clear evidence.sometimes + up
ex. Their research has yielded up some surprising results.

c: to produce (a profit, an amount of money, etc.)
ex. The tax is expected to yield millions. The bond yields seven percent annually.

 Word of this week on November 28th                                                        



1 [more detached; most detached] : not emotional : not influenced by emotions or personal
They wanted the opinion of a detached [=impartial, unbiased] observer.
The article takes a detached [=objective] view of the issue.
He watched them work with a detached [=indifferent] amusement.

 Word of this week on November 20th                                                        



a condition caused by extreme cold, that makes your fingers and toes swell, become darker,
and sometimes fall off
1. I nearly got frostbite.
2. He wore gloves to prevent frostbite.

 Word of this week on November 14th                                                        

sweet tooth


[singular] informal

a liking for sweet foods 
If you have a sweet tooth, you like eating sweet foods, especially sweets and chocolate.
1. He's always had a sweet tooth. [=he has always liked sweets]

2. I need some jelly beans to satisfy my sweet tooth.


 Word of this week on November 8th                                                          


plural chry·san·the·mums

[count] : a plant that has brightly colored flowers and that is

often grown in gardens

also: the flower of this plant  —called also (US) mum


 Word of this week on October 25th                                                            



[count] : a trick that is done to someone usually as a joke

a trick, especially one which is played on someone to make them look silly
ex. a childish prank
ex. He enjoys playing pranks on his friends.

 Word of this week on October 17th                                                            

tear jerker


plural tear jerkers

[count] informal: a story, song, movie, etc., that makes you cry or feel very sad
ex. I'm not in the mood to see a tearjerker. Let's watch something funny instead.
— tear–jerk·ing
adjective [more tear–jerking; most tear–jerking]
ex. a tear-jerking love song

 Word of this week on October 12th                                                            
Do or die


1 always used before a noun: very determined 

 Her do-or-die attitude is inspiring.

2used to describe a situation in which you have to do something or you will fail, lose, etc.
With only 10 seconds left, this is a do-or-die situation for the team. If they don't score, the game is over.
It is do-or-die for the team.

 Word of this week on October 5th                                                              
go off on a tangent

To suddenly start talking about a different subject.

ex. We were talking about property prices and you went off on a tangent. 

a necessary evil
Something that you do not like but which you know must exist or happen.
ex. He considers taxes a necessary evil. 

 Word of this week on Sep 27th                                                                  
bird walking
When a conversation flows from one topic to another easily.
ex. We are bird walking on our date.
pinky swear
To pinky swear, or make a pinky promise, is the entwinement of the pinky fingers of two people to signify
that a promise has been made. It is often seen in anime, where it is called a yubikiri, Japanese for "Finger Cut-off".
An eternally binding act of hooking pinky fingers together in an attempt to seal the deal of a promise that has been made.
ex. Do you pinky swear?
     I pinky swore never to do that.

 Word of this week on Sep 19th                                                                  
shal·low·er; shal·low·est
[also more shallow; most shallow]
a: having a small distance to the bottom from the surface or highest point
a shallow dish/pond/grave
The shallow end of the pool is only three feet deep.opposite deep
b: not going far inward from the outside or the front edge of something
a shallow closetopposite deep
disapproving: not caring about or involving serious or important things
Her boyfriends were all shallow creeps.
She is only interested in shallow [=superficial] things like clothes and money.

 Word of this week on Sep 11th                                                                  
rotten egg
a bad or despised person; an evil influence.

That guy is a real rotten egg.
She sure has turned out to be a rotten egg.

 Word of this week on Aug 30th                                                                  
[more adhesive; most adhesive] : designed to stick to something

Cover the cut with an adhesive bandage.
adhesive tape
plural adhesives
[count] : a substance (such as glue or cement) that is used to make things stick together

You'll need a strong adhesive to attach the boards.
Use a good waterproof adhesive in addition to the screws.

 Word of this week on Aug 23rd                                                                  
let off
[phrasal verb]
let off (something): to cause (something) to explode or to be released in a forceful way

let off [=set off] a firecracker
let off pressure
People in other countries often let off fireworks to celebrate the New Year.
burst into
[phrasal verb
burst into (something): to begin to produce or do (something) suddenly

She burst into [=broke into] laughter/tears.
The house burst into flame(s).
The entire cast burst into [=broke into] song.
The audience burst into applause.
The flowers were bursting into bloom.
[verb] tidies; tidied; tidy·ing
: to make (something) tidy : to make (something) clean and organized [+ obj
I tidied the house before they arrived.
usually + up
We need to tidy up the house. [no obj
+ up
I didn't have time to tidy up.
I'm tired of always tidying up after you. [=cleaning up your messes]

 Word of this week on Aug 16th                                                                  
[more absurd; most absurd] :
extremely silly, foolish, or unreasonable : completely ridiculous

an absurd situation
The charges against him are obviously/patently absurd.
an absurd idea/suggestion/argument
absurd humor
/əbˈsɚdəti/noun, plural ab·sur·di·ties
They laughed at the absurdity of the situation.
  the absurdities of life

 Word of this week on Aug 9th                                                                     
verb  qual·i·fies; qual·i·fied; qual·i·fy·ing
[no obj] : to have the skills that are required or do the things that are required
to become a member of a team or to be allowed in a competition 

Only those racers who qualify will continue to the next round.
She tried to get into the tournament, but she failed to qualify.
often + for
She qualified for the Olympic team.

 Word of this week on Aug 1st                                                                     
Double entendre

plural -dres

[count] : a word or expression that can be understood in two different ways with one way usually referring to sex

▪ The song's title is a double entendre.