WORDS, IDIOMS AND PHRASES – 11TH FEBRUARY, 2020

VOCABULARY

  1. SQUABBLES 

Meaning: Arguments

Sentence: He always likes to squabble with others on petty matters

  1. REDUNDANT 

Meaning: Superfluous, not necessary

Sentence: The picture has too much redundant detail.

  1. DISSIDENT 

Meaning: objector, protestor

Sentence: The dissident was cast out from his country.

  1. CONDEMNING

Meaning: Criticize, express complete disapproval

Sentence: The government issued a statement condemning the killings.

  1. VETTING

Meaning: Careful examination, evaluate

Sentence: We are introducing a new security vetting procedures.

  1. BRAZENLY

Meaning: Shameless way

Sentence: She smiled at him brazenly.

  1. SCRUTINY

Meaning: Inspection, survey

Sentence: His relationship with the KGB come under scrutiny.

  1. OBSTINANCY 

Meaning: Stubbornness

Sentence: The rejection of Ravi is his own fault, due to his obstinancy and legalism.

  1. OSTENSIBLE

Meaning:  Apparent, seeming

Sentence: The ostensible reason was not the real reason.

  1. PERSECUTE 

Meaning: Subject to hostility and ill-treatment

Sentence: They persecute those who do not conform to their ideas.

IDIOMS

  1. ALL AGOG

Meaning: Restless

Sentence: He sat there all agog as master of ceremony read his name as the winner of first prize.

 

  1. A PIPE DREAM

Meaning: An impractical Plan

Sentence: She got this pipe dream about being a Pop star

 

  1. HARP ON

Meaning: keep on talking

Sentence: She concentrated on good part instead of harping on about the bad.

 

  1. SPELL THE BEANS

Meaning: reveal secret information

Sentence: Paul spell the beans about Hardy’s party.

 

  1. TO GET COLD FEET

Meaning: to be afraid

Sentence: Do you still want to do this parachute jump or are you getting cold feet?

 

  1. TO BE AT DAGGERS DRAWN

Meaning: to be bitter enemy

Sentence: they have been at daggers drawn ever since he borrowed her car and smashed it up.

 

  1. TO FLY OFF THE HANDLES

Meaning: to lose one’s temper

Sentence: If she keeps flying off the handle like that, she will have a heart attack.

 

  1. TO BLAZE TRAIL

Meaning: initiate work in movement

Sentence: with his first book Pauper has blazed a new trail in American literature.

 

  1. HUSH MONEY:

Meaning: bribe paid to secure silence

Sentence: Principal offers hush money to his agents.

 

  1. DEVIL’S ADVOCATE

Meaning: To present a counter arguments

Sentence: My role in the campaign is to play devil’s advocate to each new policy before it is introduced to the public.