Posted by: crisdiaz24 | March 21, 2011

NANNY STATE – VOCABULARY PAGE 68

NANNY STATE

 

Policy: a set of ideas or a plan of what to do in particular situations that has been agreed officially by a group of people, a business organization, a government or a political party.

Mandatory: describes something which must be done, or which is demanded by law.

Helmet: a strong hard hat that covers and protects the head.

Ban ON sthg:  To ban: to forbid sthg officially.

Junk food: food that is unhealthy but is quick and easy to eat.

Recreational drugs: any substance with pharmacologic effects that is taken voluntarily for personal pleasure or satisfaction rather than for medicinal purposes. The term is generally applied to alcohol, barbiturates, amphetamines, cocaine, and heroin but also includes caffeine in coffee and cola beverages.

Harmful: causing harm.

Suburb: an area on the edge of a large town or city where people who work in the town or city often live.

SUV: MAINLY US WRITTEN ABBREVIATION FOR Sports Utility Vehicle: a large car with an engine that supplies power to all four wheels, but that is usually used for ordinary driving.

To pull up: When a car or someone driving a car pulls up, the driver stops the car, often for a short time.

To wind down: to turn down or cause something to turn down. Bajar (la ventanilla).

To lean: to (cause to) slope in one direction, or to move the top part of the body in a particular direction. Asomarse.

Buddy: Informal. A friend.

To put it out: to make something that is burning, such as a fire or cigarette, stop burning.

Staff writer: a reporter employed full-time on a newspaper.

Small hours: the early hours of the morning, between twelve o’clock at night and the time when the sun rises.

To exhale: to send air out of your lungs.

To come into force: in/into force (of laws, rules or systems) existing and being used.

Outdoor: existing, happening or done outside, rather than inside a building.

Foul: an act which is against the rules of a sport, often causing injury to another player.

To run foul: to violate the rules.

Frenzy: (an example of) uncontrolled and excited behaviour or emotion, which is sometimes violent.

To outlaw: to make something illegal or unacceptable

Trans fat: a kind of fat which encourages the development of cholesterol.

To hand out: to distribute.

Threat: a suggestion that something unpleasant or violent will happen, especially if a particular action or order is not followed.

Wellbeing: the state of feeling healthy and happy.

Lap: the top surface of the upper part of the legs of a person who is sitting down. Regazo.

Single-parent family: a family which includes either a mother or a father but not both.

To deserve: to have earned or to be given something because of the way you have behaved or the qualities you have.

Laid-back: relaxed in manner and character; not tending to get anxious about other people’s behaviour or things that need to be done.

Tax ON

CCTV: ABBREVIATION FOR closed-circuit television: a system which sends television signals to a limited number of screens, and is often used in shops as protection against thieves.

To intend TO: to have as a plan or purpose.

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

Butt: the part of a finished cigarette that has not been smoked.

Backyard: back garden.

 

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