Daily Words from Other Days: August 2020, Week 2

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15th/16th August

And the phrasal verb was...  dress up /dre'sʌp/ from Clothing and Accessories Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "Come on Mum, you know I hate wearing suits. I really don't see the need to dress up for your wedding anniversary when all the guests are family anyway."
  • "Right, so if everyone's gonna dress up as Star Wars characters, I'm going to the party as Spiderman, just to be different!"
  • "The themed market was great. The sellers were dressed up in costumes from medieval times, and the produce was all local. It was very authentic."
A) wear clothes that are more formal than usual, or that are special or unusual
B) wear different clothes from everyone else to look special
C) wear clothes that represent a culture, organization, or historical period

14th August

And the expression was...  chuckle /'tʃʌkəl/ from Funny Business Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "I didn't need to repeat the story. It was enough to just say 'beige' and she'd start chuckling."
  • "Sometimes, when you're feeling down, it's good to remember the funny moments in life, and have a bit of a chuckle."
  • "When I realised how clumsy I'd been, I couldn't stop chuckling. Before long, everyone else was laughing, even Dave, sat there with a big grin, and soup all over his shirt!"
A) remember something amusing / such a memory
B) laugh quietly, often to oneself / a quiet laugh
C) cry as a result of something funny / tears of joy

13th August

And the expression was...  caught in the act /,kɔ:tɪn ðɪ'jækt/ from Law and Order Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "How can you say you've given up smoking? The other night, I caught you in the act, hiding there in the garage!"
  • "We were luckily in the area at the time of the robbery, so Sargent Willmot and I were able to catch the burglars red-handed, or 'in the act', as they say."
  • "I'm really trying to lose weight, but just last night, I was there with the fridge door open, about to dig in to the pasta from dinner. Luckily John caught me in the act, otherwise I'd have finished off the lot!"
A) stop someone before they do something wrong
B) witness someone, or be discovered doing something, especially something bad or illegal
C) pretend to do something different when you are discovered doing something wrong

12th August

And the word was...  grab /græb/ from Movement and Travel Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "The crowd was pushing us apart, so I grabbed his hand. I remember how he looked into my eyes, confident and reassuring, and that was it, I fell instantly in love."
  • "Let's see if we can grab one of these taxis, and it should get us to the airport just before the flight leaves."
  • "I love the strong colours and simple message. Yeah, the ad really grabs your attention. Well done!"
A) hold someone or something with your hands / take note of something in order to remember it
B) call someone loudly to get their attention / signal with your hand to get someone’s attention
C) take hold of something in a sudden and rough way / get something quickly, taking advantage of an opportunity

11th August

And the word was...  bet /bet/ from Sports Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "I bet £10 Man City win tonight's match."
  • "You can bet on anything these days – even the colour of some celebrity's wedding dress!"
  • John: "You bet how much? I'm not surprised you lost. What were you thinking?"
    Paul: "Yeah, I know. It was stupid. But with the odds at 50:1, imagine if I'd won!"
A) pay to attend or view an event
B) predict the result of something for money
C) influence the result of something by paying money

10th August

And the word was...  chant /tʃɑ:nt/ from Celebrations Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "When the couple came out of the entrance to the church, the guests all chanted, “¡Qué se besen!, ¡Qué se besen!” which was a call for them to give each other a kiss."
  • "As the chanting grew louder, a police helicopter positioned itself above the demonstrators to drown out the sound."
  • "The football match was suspended when monkey chants were heard coming from a large number of the away supporters, directed at the home team's new Senegalese defender."
A) phrase spoken or sung repeatedly and continuously
B) loud noise made by people shouting over each other in an attempt to be heard
C) short song representing an organization or country, sung on special occasions

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