Posted by: crisdiaz24 | November 18, 2012

STRAIGHTFORWARD VOCABULARY UNIT 4c

UNIT 4 C

 

Lead role: the main part in a play, film / movie, etc

Forthcoming: going to happen, be published, etc. very soon.

Broad: great.

More to the point: used to say that sthg is more important than sthg else.

To fall flat: if a joke, a story, or an event falls flat, it completely fails to amuse people or to have the effect that was intended.

To simper: to smile in a silly and annoying way.

Sense of proportion: the relative importance of different things.

To step up: to come forward.

To blubber: (informal, disapproving) to cry noisily.

Watery: of or like water; containing a lot of water.

Cast: all the people who act in a play or film / movie.

Tearful: crying, or about to cry.

Soap: (informal) = soap opera.

Heavy-duty: not easily damaged and therefore suitable for hard physical work or to be used all the time. Muy resistente, para uso industrial.

To pump: to make water, air, gas, etc. flow in a particular direction by using a pump or sthg that works like a pump.

To drain: to make sthg empty or dry by removing all the liquid from it; to become empty or dry in this way.

Inmate: one of the people living in an institution such as a prison or a mental hospital.

To lounge around: to stand, sit or lie in a lazy way.

To whine: to complain in an annoying, crying voice.

Punishing: [usually before noun] long and difficult and making you work hard so you become very tired. Agotador, extenuante.

Self-restraint: the ability to stop yourself doing or saying sthg that you want to because you know it is better not to.

Sniffle: an act or the sound of sniffling. To sniffle: to breathe air in through your nose in a way that makes a sound, especially when you are crying, have a cold, etc.

To hand out: distribute.

Showbiz: Show business. The business of providing public entertainment, for example in the theatre, in films / movies or in television.

To dust down: (especially BrE) to remove dust, dirt, etc. from sby/sthg.

Tuxedo: a black or white jacket worn with a bow tie at formal occasions in the evening.

To polish up: to make changes to sthg in order to improve it.

Swanky: (informal, disapproving) fashionable and expensive in a way that is intended to impress people. Posh.

Ballroom: a very large room used for dancing on formal occasions.

Stationery: materials for writing and for using in an office, for example paper, pens and envelopes.

Trade: the activity of buying and selling or of exchanging goods or services between people or countries. A particular type of business.

To invite sby along: to ask sby to go somewhere with you and other people.

To flow: (of liquid, gas or electricity) to move steadily and continuously in one direction.

Surveyor: (BrE) a person whose job is to examine a building to make sure it is in good condition, usually done for sby who is thinking of buying it.

Broker: a person or an organization that buys and sells stocks and shares for other people.

Unsung: [usually before noun] (formal) not praised or famous but deserving to be.

Franchise: formal permission given by a company to sby who wants to sell its goods or services in a particular area; formal permission given by a government to sby who wants to operate a public service as a business.

To struggle: to try very hard to do sthg when it is difficult or when there are a lot of problems.

Composure: the state of being calm and in control of your feelings or behaviour.

Coveted: (formal) to want sthg very much, especially sthg that belongs to sby else.

Back-slapping: loud and enthusiastic behaviour when people are praising each other for sthg good they have done.

Peer: a person who is the same age or who has the same social status as you.

Praise: words that show approval of or admiration for sby/sthg.

To step: to lift your foot and move it in a particular direction or put it on or in sthg; to move a short distance.

Limelight: the centre of public attention.

To kid: to allow sby/yourself to believe sthg that is not true.

Up and down: in one direction and then in the opposite direction.

 

 


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