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Idioms challenge 2! – Glossary

buck noun [count]

a dollar

bush noun [count]

a plant that is smaller than a tree and has a lot of thin branches growing close together

a holly/rose/currant bush

court noun [count] an area marked with lines where some sports are played, such as tennis and squash The hotel has two tennis courts.

critic noun [count] someone who does not like something and states their opinion about it Critics say the plan is short-sighted and dangerous.

deal noun [singular] the way in which you are treated by other people They are demanding a fair deal for nurses.

dispute noun [count/uncount]

a serious disagreement, especially one between groups of people that lasts for a long time

a dispute over pay

fence noun [count]

a flat upright structure made of wood or wire that surrounds an area of land

fire verb

to make someone leave their job, sometimes as a


motivated adjective enthusiastic and determined to achieve success highly motivated teachers

opposition noun [uncount] strong disagreement with a plan or policy, especially when this is shown in active attempts to prevent


Public opposition to the military government is


plot noun [count/uncount]

a series of related events that make up the main story in a book, film etc.

promotion noun [count/uncount]

a move to a higher level in a company, institution, or


We try to fill our executive positions by promotion from within.

rationally adverb thinking or behaving in a rational way She was too tired to think rationally.

require verb

if a rule, law, contract etc requires something, you

must do that thing Car insurance is required by law in most countries.

risk noun [count/uncount] the possibility that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen A good pilot never takes a risk.

She was fired for refusing to comply with safety

salary noun [count]



fixed amount of money that you earn each month or

flu noun [uncount]

year from your job an annual salary of £25,000

very common infectious disease that lasts a short time and makes you feel hot or cold, weak, and


scratch noun [count]


He’s in bed with flu.

foolish adjective lacking good sense and judgment

a foolish mistake

get on phrasal verb to have a very friendly relationship with someone My parents and I don’t get on.

harm verb to injure, damage, or have a bad effect on someone or something He was not the type to deliberately harm his child.

a thin mark on a surface

There were some nasty scratches on the paintwork.

solve verb to find the reason or explanation for something He hopes to solve the mystery of the plane’s disappearance.

stuff verb to push something soft into a space or container Alice quickly stuffed her clothes into a suitcase and left.

trivial adjective not very important, serious, or valuable

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