Daily Words from Other Days: August 2020, Week 3

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22nd/23rd August

And the word was...  flirt /flɜ:t/ from Human Body / Sex Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "Look at Denise, she's been flirting with that guy all night. Do you think we should tell her he's a convicted criminal?"
  • "You can flirt with me all you like. It's not going to happen. I've already told you, I'm a happily married woman."
  • "Have you seen that poor guy with Shelly? He's the third bloke she's been chatting up since we got here. She's only doing it to get free drinks."
A) be friendly to someone because you want to get something from them
B) talk to someone in a playful way because you want to make friends with them
C) behave like you’re romantically interested in someone, but playfully and not with serious intentions

21st August

And the word was...  applaud /ə'plɔ:d/ from Fame and Celebrity Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "Stop looking like you've failed – People are applauding you for getting across the finishing line. You should be happy - Not everyone made it to the end of the race."
  • "The audience continued applauding the performance for several minutes after the orchestra had left the stage."
  • "I must applaud your positive attitude, when so many of the staff are only complaining about all the extra work and longer hours."
A) show appreciation for something done well, especially by clapping your hands
B) ask someone to continue doing something that you are enjoying
C) make lots of noise to show you are enjoying something

20th August

And the word was...  abrupt /ə'brʌpt/ from Universe Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "There seems to have been an abrupt start to what we know as The Universe, with an enormous explosion called the Big Bang."
  • "As the Moon completely eclipsed the Sun, and darkness fell, there was an abrupt silence, both from the people watching the spectacle, and the animals suddenly plunged into night, though it was the middle of the day."
  • "As abruptly as the earthquake had begun to shake the building, there was a sudden calm, and people began to slowly emerge back onto the street below."
A) sudden and without warning
B) loud and violent
C) large in size, but short in duration

19th August

And the word was...  crop /crɑp/ from Environment Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "As the region experiences extensive crop failure, the focus is once again on genetically modified plants and the negative impact of industrial pesticides, with environmentalists claiming this is not the result of the weather alone."
  • "Tobacco was a cash crop in this area at one time. But look at the land now. Nothing grows here any more."
  • "They would usually be harvesting the crop now, but look, all this fruit is just falling off and rotting on the ground. It breaks my heart, it really does."
A) piece of land used for growing a specific fruit, vegetable, or cereal.
B) collection of plants grown on a large scale for food or other commercial use
C) the parts of fruit, vegetable, and cereal plants not used in food production

18th August

And the word was...  mutter /'mʌtə/ from Communication Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "You can mutter all you like about how unjust the world is, but it won't change anything."
  • Mary: "What's Steve on about?"
    Anne: "Nothing important. If he's not muttering about Brxit, it will be about the government's handling of the Covid crisis, I'm sure."
  • "He was so annoyed, he spent the whole journey home muttering on about how he was never going to speak to her again."
A) speak about trivial things / speak in this manner
B) speak in a nervous, excited and uncontrolled way
C) speak in a low voice, especially when expressing irritation

17th August

And the word was...  fence /fens/ from Town and Country Look at these examples, then choose the correct definition below:
  • "They finally put a fence up to stop people driving onto the land to dump their rubbish there."
  • "She painted the garden fence green to seem more natural. The problem is, it's a horrible bright green and from here outside, it's made the street look terrible."
  • "Since they found out the terrorists had gone into hiding near here, the whole area has been fenced off, and there's police everywhere."
A)structure used to divide an area of land or go around it
B)vertical column placed to act as a barrier to vehicles
C)Road sign used to warn people that something is prohibited

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