UNIT 2 C
To go down: to be received in a particular way by sby.
To go into (mass-production): to begin to do sthg.
Pool: a supply of things or money that is shared by a group of people and can be used when needed.
To hop on sthg: (informal) to go or move somewhere quickly and suddenly.
To pedal off: to ride a bicycle somewhere.
Mate: (BrE, informal) a friend
To resemble: [no passive] (not used in the progressive tenses) to look like or be similar to another person or thing.
To flap: if a bird flaps its wings, or if its wings flap, they move quickly up and down.
To struggle: if a bird flaps its wings, or if its wings flap, they move quickly up and down.
To improve upon sthg: to achieve or produce sthg that is of a better quality than sthg else.
Blacksmith: a person whose job is to make and repair things made of iron, especially horseshoes.
To drum up: to try hard to get support or business.
To rope off: to separate an area from another one, using ropes, to stop people from entering it.
Undaunted: [not usually before noun] (formal) still enthusiastic and determined, despite difficulties or disappointment. Undeterred.
To speed off: to move away quickly.
To set about: [no passive] to start doing sthg.
To outdo: to do more or better than sby else.
Wire: metal in the form of thin thread; a piece of this.
Spoke: one of the thin bars or long straight pieces of metal that connect the centre of a wheel to its outer edge, for example on a bicycle.
Rubber: a strong substance that can be stretched and does not allow liquids to pass through it, used for making tyres, boots, etc. It is made from the juice of a tropical plant or is produced using chemicals.
Tyre: a thick rubber ring that fits around the edge of a wheel of a car, bicycle, etc.
Overall: [only before noun] including all the things or people that are involved in a particular situation; genera.
Gears: [C, usually pl.] machinery in a vehicle that turns engine power (or power on a bicycle) into movement forwards or backwards.
Precarious: (of a situation) not safe or certain; dangerous. Likely to fall or cause sby to fall.
Penny-farthing: (BrE) an early type of bicycle with a very large front wheel and a very small back wheel. Velocípedo.
To launch: to start an activity, especially an organized one. To make a product available to the public for the first time.
Chaperone: (in the past) an older woman who, on social occasions, took care of a young woman who was not married.
To prompt sby to do sthg: to make sby decide to do sthg; to cause sthg to happen.
Underneath: under or below sth else, especially when it is hidden or covered by the thing on top.
Outraged: shocked or angry.
To thunder: to make a very loud deep noise. To roar.
Loose: not firmly fixed where it should be; able to become separated from sthg.
To pedal: to ride a bicycle somewhere.
Exertion: physical or mental effort; the act of making an effort.
Inner-city: the part near the centre of a large city, which often has social problems. De las zones urbanas deprimidas.
Tenement: a large building divided into flats / apartments, especially in a poor area of a city. Casa de vecinos.
To lobby: (for / against sthg) to try to influence a politician or the government and, for example, persuade them to support or oppose a change in the law
To lay down: to put sthg down, especially on the floor, ready to be used.
To pave the way: (for sby/sthg)to create a situation in which sby will be able to do sthg or sthg can happen.
Thus: in this way; like this. As a result of sthg just mentioned.
To invigorate: [often passive] to make sby feel healthy and full of energy.
To move on to sthg: to start doing or discussing sthg new.
Increasingly: more and more all the time.
Moped: a motorcycle with a small engine and also pedals. Ciclomotor.