Posted by: crisdiaz24 | December 11, 2009

VOCABULARY UNIT 5

MOTHERHOOD’S BEST-KEPT SECRET

To drift off to sleep: to fall asleep.

To wander: to walk slowly around or to a place, often without any particular sense of purpose or direction.

Wreck: a person who is in a bad physical or mental condition.

Old self: the type of person you are, especially the way you normally behave, look or fee

To downsize: to reduce the number of people who work in a company, business, etc. in order to reduce costs.

Siege: a military operation in which an army tries to capture a town by surrounding it and stopping the supply of food, etc. to the people inside.

Ambush: the act of hiding and waiting for sby and then making a surprise attack on them.

To prevail: to exist or be very common at a particular time or in a particular place.

At bay: to prevent an enemy from coming close or a problem from having a bad effect.

To drop sby off: to stop so that sby can get out of a car, etc.; to deliver sthg on the way to somewhere else.

To back up: to support sby/sthg; to say that what sby says, etc. is true.

Manageable: possible to deal with or control.

To stumble: to discover sthg/sby unexpectedly.

To rely on: to trust or have faith in sby/sthg.

To empathise: to understand another person’s feelings and experiences, especially because you have been in a similar situation.

Whereas: used to compare or contrast two facts.

Reluctant: hesitating before doing sthg because you do not want to do it or because you are not sure that it is the right thing to do.

To break away: to move away from a crowd or group.

Cuddly: if a person is cuddly, they make you want to cuddle them. To cuddle: to hold sby/sthg close in your arms to show love or affection.

Accepting: approving.

Frailty: weakness in a person’s character or moral standards.

Whilst: during the time that sthg is happening.

Bond: strong connection.

To edit: to prepare a piece of writing, a book, etc. to be published by correcting the mistakes, making improvements to it, etc.

To confide IN: to tell sby secrets and personal information because you feel you can trust them.

To put up: to build sthg or place sthg somewhere.

Rough: not gentle or careful; violent.


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