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                    πŸ“š Butter up, phrasal verb.

❓ Definition (informal β€’ butter someone up, butter up someone): Flatter or praise someone as a means of gaining their help or support.

❗️ Examples:

1. Don't try and butter me up in order to get privileged information.
2. β€˜Magic Valley's industrial dairies try to butter us up with sweet talk and promises,’ the ad begins, β€˜but the reality is as different as milk and molasses.’
3. His strategy now is to frustrate Dookeran, muzzle Yetming and see if Jack can be buttered up.
4. β€˜See, he phones people just to say hello, but he's only buttering you up so he can ask you favours later,’ he continued.
5. And if so, buttering them up in preparation for what?
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                    🎬 Miss Sloane (2016)

πŸ’¬ – There's no better way to butter up a parent than to tell him how hot his kids are.
– On it.
                    πŸ“š From time to time, phrase.

❓ Definition: Occasionally.

❗️ Examples:

1. Although he is now fluent in Bulgarian, Matt still confuses the odd word from time to time.
2. Chances are you won't get one, but I understand that you feel the need - we all do from time to time.
3. Place on a high heat and bring to the boil, stirring from time to time.
4. Friday night was one of those pleasant surprises the Internet throws my way from time to time.
5. Pack little surprises from time to time like stickers, a novelty pen or a joke.
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                    πŸ“š Mise en scΓ¨ne, noun.
πŸ”‰ /ˌmiːz Ι’Μƒ ˈsΙ›n/ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

❓ Definition (usually in singular): The arrangement of the scenery, props, etc. on the stage of a theatrical production or on the set of a film.

❗️ Examples:

1. She thereby denies a voice to that whole body of writing and associated theory that draws attention to itself in the space between page-based writing and the flesh-and-blood actor in the mise en scène.
2. In a chamber play that foregrounds the intimate relationship between language and the mise en scène, such moments of silence are both pronounced and telling.
3. The central task of the mise en scène is to place people in some context.
4. In such a case, the music, the staging and the mise en scène had better be up to more than an evocation of an outmoded theatricality.
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                    πŸ“š Assert, verb.
πŸ”‰ /Ι™Λˆsəːt/ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

❓ Definition (reporting verb): State a fact or belief confidently and forcefully.

❗️ Examples:

1. The company asserts that the cuts will not affect development.
2. He asserted his innocence.
3. These types of beliefs, he asserts, are closely connected to languages and texts.
4. Neither does he explicitly assert that our natural beliefs are true.
5. I would however assert that the belief in absolute truth requires an attempt to follow it as best as possible.
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                    🎬 The Whistleblower (2010)

πŸ’¬ But I will assert over and over again, I run a Zero Tolerance program... for that type of activity.
                    πŸ“š Round the clock, phrase.

❓ Definition: All day and all night.

❗️ Examples:

1. I've got a team working round the clock.
2. Round-the-clock surveillance.
3. Meanwhile Glasgow City Council has pledged that staff will continue to work around the clock to ease road and footpath problems.
4. We fought around the clock and continued to support the Marines as they cleared houses.
5. The second day, we could have legitimately reported flights were taking off round the clock day and night.
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                    🎬 Another Stakeout (1993)

πŸ’¬ You'll be on it round the clock.
                    πŸ“š Waka, noun.
πŸ”‰ /ˈwɑːkΙ™/ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

❓ Definition (New Zealand): A traditional Maori canoe.

❗️ Examples:

1. The waka, the spiritual image for the march, left Stewart Island for Bluff with its cargo of stories.
2. When our wakas originally came to Aotearoa and landed, the first thing our menfolk did was to walk the land and claim it, by leaving stone markers.
3. The hapu decided they would build their own waka, a canoe big enough to carry at least a dozen fishermen to sea.
4. After paying homage, looking around the museum, and looking again at the magnificent waka and the many treasures and taonga in the museum, we would then trot off to the Auckland Zoo.
5. Every 2 years, countries from all around the world unite to determine who are the best waka ama paddlers in the world, and next year it is being held here.
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                    🎬 30 Rock (2006) - S06E18

πŸ’¬ My heyday was also the '90s.
                    πŸ“š Heyday, noun.
πŸ”‰ /ˈheΙͺdeΙͺ/ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

❓ Definition (usually one's heyday): The period of a person's or thing's greatest success, popularity, activity, or vigour.

❗️ Examples:

1. The paper has lost millions of readers since its heyday in 1964.
2. In its heyday, only 30 years ago, just under 1,000 trawlers operated from the port.
3. Over three million people walked through its door every year in its heyday before the war.
4. You have to go back 10 years, to the heyday of Radio 1, to find a station with a bigger audience.
5. In Fangio's heyday in the early years of the championship, survival was as notable as performance.
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                    πŸ“š My way or the highway, phrase.

❓ Definition (North American β€’ informal): Said to assert the view that there is no alternative (apart from leaving) but to accept the speaker's opinions or policies.

❗️ Examples:

1. They know no way but the way of the autocrat β€” it's my way or the highway.
2. It's always the ultimatum, my way or the highway.
3. β€˜Listen bud,’ she said as she leaned towards him, one arm on the table as she did so, β€˜It's my way or the highway.’
4. One former international summed up his approach to getting his plans through: β€˜With Jim, it's always been my way or the highway.’
5. When he first moved into coaching, I did fear for him because, in some ways, he could be old school and rather intolerant - my way or the highway.
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                    πŸ“š Verdurous, adjective.

❓ Definition: This definition is derivative of Β«verdureΒ».

❗️ Examples:

1. There were lunging valleys of dense wood, the mimicry of a lush and verdurous Costa Rican island without the whimsy of a foreign land.
2. As its wide spate washes up against a small verdurous spur, it swirls over waterweeds and drenched rocks to form an inlet in which goats splash.
3. The room, if it could be called that, appeared verdurous, contradicting that of the cavernous underground she had been previously.
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                    πŸ“š Sky-high, adjective.
πŸ”‰ /skʌΙͺˈhʌΙͺ/ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

❓ Definition: Very high in price, level, or degree.

❗️ Examples:

1. Sky-high premiums.
2. Their confidence is sky-high.
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                    🎬 Untraceable (2008)

πŸ’¬ Their numbers were sky-high.
                    πŸ“š Not one's cup of tea, phrase.

❓ Definition (informal): Not what one likes or is interested in.

❗️ Examples:

1. Cats were not her cup of tea.
2. If sitting and listening is not your cup of tea, sightseeing in a drift boat makes for an interesting alternative.
3. And if running, dodging and shooting was not your cup of tea, there were car and motorcycle rallies, with dirt tracks and the grand prix.
4. If this is not your cup of tea or if you only have a few items for sale then, of course, they will take your items to their auction rooms, where they will be sold on your behalf.
5. Free verse can be wonderful - but it's just not our cup of tea.
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                    🎬 Non-Stop (2014)

πŸ’¬ Flying is not my cup of tea.
                    πŸ“š Teocalli, noun.
πŸ”‰ /ˌtiΛΙ™Λˆkali/ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

❓ Definition: A temple of the Aztecs or other Mexican peoples, typically standing on a truncated pyramid.

❗️ Examples:

1. In addition, Mr. Bellecourt travels with Mexican elders to visit the pyramids of the sun and moon, teocallis in Nahuatl, the Aztec earth history calendar at the Museum of Anthropology, and the grandmother moon-time calendar, Coyolxauiqui.
2. On top of the Mexican teocallis - a truncated, or polled pyramid, with a temple atop - stood two colossal statues, one to the sun, the other to the moon.
3. I just remember Cortez ordering his cannon to fire and the Spaniards marching around the bloodstained teocallis and little else.
4. Around the teocallis their were large sculptures.
5. Having accomplished this good work, the Spaniards descended the winding slopes of the teocalli with more free and buoyant step, as if conscious that the blessing of Heaven now rested on their arms.
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                    🎬 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

πŸ’¬ A small, elderly man, smartly dressed, with an exceptionally lively, intelligent face and an immediately perceptible air of sadness.
                    πŸ“š Lively, adjective.
πŸ”‰ /ˈlʌΙͺvli/ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

❓ Definition: Full of life and energy; active and outgoing.

❗️ Examples:

1. A lively and uninhibited girl.
2. He was so lively and full of energy that it dawned on us that he must have been in some sort of pain for a lot longer than we had thought.
3. Although a lively and outgoing teenager, he lives with the effects of what his father, Greg, termed β€˜subtle neurological damage’.
4. Nine-year-old Ricky is described as a lively, active boy who loves reading, swimming, watching TV and playing computer games.
5. She was so lively and outgoing, and was very popular.
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