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Teen’s attitude (vocabulary)

get a grip (on yourself)


to make an effort to control your emotions and behave more calmly:
I just think he ought to get a grip on himself - he's behaving like a child.

lip N
[ U ] informal the act of arguing with someone in a way that is rude or does not show enough respect:
That's enough of your lip, young lady!
[ U ] slang speech that is rude and shows alack of respect:
Don’t give me any more of your lip.

moody
adjective UK /ˈmuː.di/ US /ˈmuː.di/
If someone is moody, their moods change suddenly and they become angry or unhappy easily:
a moody teenager
He can be moody.
expressing something mysterious or slightly sad:
The film has a moody jazz score.

glum
adjective UK /ɡlʌm/ US /ɡlʌm/glummer, glummest informal
disappointed or unhappy, and quiet:
You look glum. What's up?
He's very glum about the company's prospects.
If a place is glum, it is not attractive and has nothing that causes pleasure:
They live in one glum little room.

head
verb UK /hed/ US /hed/
[ I + adv/prep ] to go in a particular direction:
I was heading out of the room when she called me back.
We were heading towards Kumasi when our truck broke down.
He headed straight for (= went towards) the fridge.
I think we ought to head back/home (= return to where we started) now, before it gets too dark.

snap
verb UK /snæp/ US /snæp/ -pp-
[ I or T ] to say something suddenly in an angry way:
There's no need to snap at me - it's not my fault that you lost your wallet.
[ + speech ] "Well, I hate you too!" she snapped.

over the top


abbreviation OTT uk informal
too extreme and not suitable, or demanding too much attention or effort,especially in an uncontrolled way:
I thought the decorations were way (= very) over the top.
The speech was a bit OTT.
He realized he'd gone over the top with the seating arrangements.

surly
adjective UK /ˈsɜː.li/ US /ˈsɝː.li/
often in a bad mood, unfriendly, and not polite:
We were served by a very surly waiter.
He gave me a surly look.
surliness
noun [ U ] UK /ˈsɜː.li.nəs/ US /ˈsɝː.li.nəs/

gripe
griped; griping
transitive verb
1archaic : seize, grasp
2a : afflict, distress
b : irritate, vex griped by the new regulations
3: to cause pinching and spasmodic pain in the bowels of
intransitive verb
1: to experience gripes
2informal Complain about something in a persistent, irritating way.
‘it's no use griping about your boss or your pay’

scowl
: a facial expression of displeasure : frown

spell out
transitive verb
1: to make plain. Spelled out the orders in detail
2: to write or print in letters and in full .Numbers are to be spelled out

ingrate
noun [ C ] UK /ˈɪŋ.ɡreɪt/ US /ˈɪŋ.ɡreɪt/literary
a person who is not grateful

hover around (idiom)


hover around (someone or something)
to hang or wait around someone or something. The mugger hovered around the side door to the theater, waiting
for a victim. The birds hovered around the bird feeder.

swoop
verb [ I ] UK /swuːp/ US /swuːp/
to move very quickly and easily through the air, especially down from a height in order to attack:
The eagle swooped down to snatch a young rabbit.
informal to make a sudden attack on a place or group of people in order to surround and catch them:
Undercover police swooped on three houses in the city at 5.00 this morning.

aloof
adjective UK /əˈluːf/ US /əˈluːf/
not friendly or willing to take part in things:
She seemed rather aloof when in fact she was just shy.
not interested or involved, usually because you do not approve of what is happening:
Whatever is happening in the office, she always remains aloof.
She kept herself aloof from her husband's business.
aloofness noun [ U ] UK /əˈluːf.nəs/ US /əˈluːf.nəs/

nasty
adjective UK /ˈnɑː.sti/ US /ˈnæs.ti/
1. bad or very unpleasant:
a nasty shock/surprise
There's a nasty smell in here.
He had a nasty cut above the eye.
She has a nasty habit of picking on people in meetings.
2. unkind:
Don't be so nasty to your brother - he's four years younger than you!
3. mainly uk dangerous or violent:
In an emergency you could get out through a window, but it would be a nasty drop.
The situation could turn (= become) nasty at any moment.
rude or offensive:
She said some really nasty things about him.
have a nasty feeling
mainly uk to think that something bad is likely to happen or to be true:
I've got a nasty feeling that I forgot to tellJoe I couldn't come.
nastiness
noun [ U ] UK /ˈnɑː.sti.nəs/ US /ˈnæs.ti.nəs/
foul
adjective UK /faʊl/ US /faʊl/
extremely unpleasant:
Those toilets smell foul!
I've had a foul day at work.
Why are you in such a foul mood this morning?
What foul weather!

mouthy
adjective UK /ˈmaʊ.ði/ US /ˈmaʊ.ði/mouthier, mouthiest
informal talking and expressing your opinions a lot, especially in a rude way:
a mouthy teenager

turmoil
noun [ S or U ] UK /ˈtɜː.mɔɪl/ US /ˈtɝː.mɔɪl/
a state of confusion, uncertainty, or disorder:
The whole region is in turmoil.
The country is in a state of political turmoil.
The Stock Exchange is in turmoil following a huge wave of selling.

withdrawn
adjective UK /wɪðˈdrɔːn/ US /wɪðˈdrɑːn/
shy and quiet and preferring to be alone rather than with other people:
Following her son's death, she became quiet and withdrawn and rarely went out.

flip
adjective UK /flɪp/ US /flɪp/ flipper,flippest
uk informal for flippant
flippant
adjective UK /ˈflɪp.ənt/ US /ˈflɪp.ənt/ ukinformal flip
not serious about a serious subject, in an attempt to be funny or to appear clever:
a flippant remark/attitude
It's easy to be flippant, but we have a serious problem to deal with here.
I think she just thought I was being flippant.

flounder
verb [ I ] UK /ˈflaʊn.dər/ US /ˈflaʊn.dɚ/
to experience great difficulties or be completely unable to decide what to do or say next:
He lost the next page of his speech and floundered around/about for a few seconds.
Although his business was a success, his marriage was floundering.
Richardson resigned as chairman, leaving the company floundering.

burgeoning
adjective UK /ˈbɜː.dʒən.ɪŋ/ US /ˈbɝː.dʒən.ɪŋ/
developing quickly:
The company hoped to profit from the burgeoning communications industry.

sullen
adjective UK /ˈsʌl.ən/ US /ˈsʌl.ən/
angry and unwilling to smile or be pleasant to people:
His daughters stared back at him with an expression of sullen resentment.
literary She looked up at the sullen (= dark and unpleasant) sky and shuddered.

mouth off (to/at sb)


informal disapproving
— phrasal verb with mouth UK /maʊð/US /maʊð/ verb [ T ]
to speak in a rude or offensive way to someone:
She's a typical teenager, coming home late at night
and mouthing off to her parents.
curfew
noun [ C or U ] UK /ˈkɜː.fjuː/ US /ˈkɝː.fjuː/
a rule that everyone must stay at home between particular times, usually at night,especially during a war or
a period of political trouble:
to impose/lift a curfew
a midnight curfew
He was shot for breaking (= not obeying) the curfew.
mainly us a time by which a child must be home in the evening:
You'll be in trouble if you get home after curfew.

search
noun UK /sɜːtʃ/ US /sɝːtʃ/
B1 [ C ] an attempt to find someone or something:
After a long search, they eventually found the missing papers.
The police carried out/conducted/made a thorough/exhaustive search of the premises, but
they failed to find any drugs.
B2 [ S ] an attempt to find an answer to a problem:
the search for happiness
B1 [ C ] an attempt to find information on a computer, on the internet, etc.:
I did a search for yoga clubs in my area.
in search of sth
trying to find something:
She was shot by a sniper when she went out in search of firewood.

sass
noun [ U ] UK /sæs/ US /sæs/ mainlyus informal
talk or behaviour that is rude and shows no respect:
I don't want to hear any more of your sass.

spout
verb UK /spaʊt/ US /spaʊt/
[ T, I + adv/prep ] disapproving to speak a lot, in a way that is boring or annoying for other people:
He spouts a load of pretentious nonsense and people are stupid enough to believe him!
I really don't want to listen to Mike spouting on/off all afternoon.

lash out
— phrasal verb with lash UK /læʃ/ US /læʃ/ verb
to suddenly attack someone or something physically or criticize him, her, or it in an angry way:
I was only teasing him and suddenly he lashed out (at me) and hit me in the face.
Why's Tina in such a bad mood? She really lashed out at me when I was late for work.

grumpy
adjective UK /ˈɡrʌm.pi/ US /ˈɡrʌm.pi/informal
easily annoyed and complaining:
I hadn't had enough sleep and was feeling kind of grumpy.
a grumpy old man
Bad-tempered

tuck sb in
uk also tuck sb up
— phrasal verb with tuck UK /tʌk/ US /tʌk/ verb [ T usually + adv/prep ]
to make someone comfortable in bed,especially a child, by arranging the covers around them:
Daddy, if I go to bed now will you tuck me in?
The children are safely tucked up in bed.