Posted by: a2cristina | April 11, 2010



Plumbing: the system of pipes, etc. that supply water to a building. the work of a plumber.

Slick: (sometimes disapproving) done or made in a way that is clever and efficient but often does not seem to be sincere or lacks important ideas.

To roll out: to make sthg flat by pushing sthg over it.

Neat: small, with a pleasing shape or appearance.

Brick: baked clay used for building walls, houses and other buildings; an individual block of this.

To pull up: (of a vehicle or its driver) to stop

Shabby: (of buildings, clothes, objects, etc.) in poor condition because they have been used a lot.

To choke: to block or fill a passage, space, etc. so that movement is difficult.

Weeds: a wild plant growing where it is not wanted, especially among crops or garden plants.

Stream: a small narrow river.

To trickle: to flow, or to make sthg flow, slowly in a thin stream.

Tiny: very small in size or amount.

Grant: a sum of money that is given by the government or by another organisation to be used for a particular purpose.

Lavatory: (especially BrE) a toilet, or a room with a toilet in it.

Nursing home: a small private hospital, especially one where old people live and are cared for.

In progress: happening at this time.

Belated: coming or happening late.

Front-page: the first page of a newspaper, where the most important news is printed.

Coverage: the reporting of news and sport in newspapers and on the radio and television.

Frail: weak; easily damaged or broken.

Reliant ON: needing sby/sthg in order to survive, be successful, etc.

Chill: a feeling of fear.

Stink: a very unpleasant smell.

Running water: water that is used for drinking, washing, etc.

To entitle sby to: [often passive] to give sby the right to have or to do sthg

Handout: (often disapproving) money that is given to a person or an organisation by the government, etc., for example to encourage commercial activity.

To slip through the net: when sby/sthg slips through the net, an organisation or a system fails to find them and deal with them.

To pity: to feel sorry for sby because of their situation.

To speak out of turn: to say sthg when you should not, for example because it is not the right time or you are not the right person to say it.

To lock out: to prevent sby from entering a place by locking the door.

To take for granted: to be so used to sby/sthg that you do not recognise their true value any more and do not show that you are grateful.

Bizarre: very strange or unusual.

Odd: strange or unusual.

Well: a deep hole in the ground from which people obtain water. The sides of wells are usually covered with brick or stone and there is usually some covering or a small wall at the top of the well.

To stub out: to stop a cigarette, etc. from burning by pressing the end against sthg hard.

To loom: to appear important or threatening and likely to happen soon.

Tap: a device for controlling the flow of water from a pipe into a bath.

Slippers: loose soft shoes that you wear in the house.

Spanking: (informal) when you say that sthg is spanking new, etc. you are emphasising that it is very new, etc.

To sweep: to move over an area, especially in order to look for sthg.

Surge: a sudden increase of a strong feeling.

To fringe: [usually passive] to form a border around sthg.

Ease: lack of difficulty. The state of feeling relaxed or comfortable without worries, problems or pain.

Amenities:  features that make a place pleasant, comfortable or easy to live in.

To interfere IN: to get involved in and try to influence a situation that does not concern you, in a way that annoys other people.

On one’s behalf: as the representative of sby or instead of them.


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