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📚 Paramount, adjective.
🔉 /ˈparəmaʊnt/ 🇬🇧
❓ Definition: More important than anything else; supreme.
1. The interests of the child are of paramount importance.
2. Free trade is a principle which recognizes the paramount importance of individual action.
3. Victory is paramount and anything that gets in the way is deemed the enemy that must be destroyed at all costs.
4. I didn't do anything about it; her happiness was still of paramount importance in my mind.
5. Public hearings on important matters are paramount to monitoring government.
📚 The shape of things to come, phrase.
❓ Definition: The way the future is likely to develop.
1. Unlike Agee, then, who was drawn to elegy, Martínez is drawn to prophecy: he sees the provinces as the future, the towns of Cherán and Warren as the shape of things to come.
2. Albeit clever, imaginative, notably fertile, this squeaky-voiced, scurrying little ladies' man, the prophet of the shape of things to come, fell short, in every sense, of his predecessor's measure.
3. Every day, a creation takes place as new uses, new mistakes, new copy is generated, each creating a new meaning for the shape of things to come.
4. For those of you living off-campus already, enjoy a stroll down memory lane; for the residents, beware of the shape of things to come.
5. He predicted no end to the poetic image, for the central aim of poetry is to insinuate the shape of things to come, and that is a perpetual process.
📚 Arête, noun.
❓ Definition: A sharp mountain ridge.
1. I came of age on John Muir's trail, climbing sharp arêtes, domed cliffs and the U-shaped valleys between.
2. Mature alpine landscapes exhibit many of the ‘classic’ features of glaciation, including troughs, hanging valleys, truncated spurs, and narrow arêtes rising to narrow rock peaks.
3. The first is a rope climb down into a pool which culminates in a nasty little overhang; this is followed immediately by a superbly rigged rope-climb down an arête; and the third is a three metre climb.
4. We will be more or less following the edge of the arête to the top, we are on the less than vertical side and because the other side of the arête is way overhung we will have major air below us all the way to the top.
5. I stayed on the arête, reaching its top by daybreak.
📚 Show-me, adjective.
🔉 /ˈʃəʊmiː/ 🇬🇧
❓ Definition: Also with capital initial(s). Designating or relating to the State of Missouri or its inhabitants. Especially in "Show-Me State": (a nickname for) Missouri.
📚 Flatten the curve, phrase.
❓ Definition: Prevent a rate or quantity from greatly intensifying or increasing within a short time.
1. Taking actions to slow the spread of this virus will flatten the curve and protect the vulnerable.
2. Excessive falls in bond yields will flatten the curve and erode pension funds.
📚 Mickle, noun.
🔉 /ˈmɪk(ə)l/ 🇬🇧
❓ Definition (Scottish, Northern English): A large amount.
1. It didn't fare so well with the question ‘How many mickle in a muckle?’
📚 Squint, verb.
🔉 /skwɪnt/ 🇬🇧
❓ Definition (no object): Look at someone or something with one or both eyes partly closed in an attempt to see more clearly or as a reaction to strong light.
1. The bright sun made them squint.
2. I heard a humming and the dozen fluorescent lights started to flicker on and I blinked, squinting at the bright light.
3. Shading my eyes from the glare of the sun, I squinted to see more clearly.
4. Though smiling, he was squinting hard in the strong light and looked distinctly uncomfortable.
5. Buddy squinted in an attempt to see clearly who she was talking with.
📚 Money is the root of all evil, phrase.
❓ Definition (proverb): Avarice gives rise to selfish or wicked actions.
1. Perhaps he should reflect on Timothy's words, ‘For the love of money is the root of all evil.’
2. Many people say that money is the root of all evil.
3. They're also taught at the same time, money is the root of all evil.
4. If money is the root of all evil, I'd like to be bad.
5. Now he's talking about the old adage that money is the root of all evil.
📚 Ember, noun.
🔉 /ˈɛmbə/ 🇬🇧
❓ Definition (usually embers): A small piece of burning or glowing coal or wood in a dying fire.
1. The dying embers in the grate.
2. The flickering embers of nationalism.
3. Hunter returned to his place by Missy's side in front of the glowing embers of the dying fire laid in the black iron stove.
4. A piece of wood dropped on the dying embers in the fire soon burst into flame.
5. The dying embers of the fire flickered and he squinted to get a feel of his surroundings.
📚 On the shelf, phrase.
❓ Definition (British • informal, dated): Past an age when one might expect to have the opportunity to marry (typically used of a woman)
1. I'm all depressed about being left on the shelf cos I'm turning 27 on Sunday.
2. And under no circumstances would I fear being past it or left on the shelf.
3. A woman has few options but to find a husband and provider in Georgian England and Bennet is determined that her girls will not be left on the shelf.
4. And she had decided to try to make the best of being left on the shelf.
5. Beginning to think you are going to be left on the shelf forever and end up as an elderly spinster dying alone and being eaten by your own cats?
📚 Vamoose, verb.
🔉 /vəˈmuːs/ 🇬🇧
❓ Definition (informal • no object): Depart hurriedly.
1. We'd better vamoose before we're caught.
2. The clerk reached for the phone; I hitched my pants and vamoosed.
3. But hanging around to the bitter end is sending good money after bad; better to cut your losses and vamoose.
4. When the lions come a running, the grazers close ranks and vamoose.
5. He then immediately vamoosed and wasn't seen again.
📚 Confide, verb.
🔉 /kənˈfʌɪd/ 🇬🇧
❓ Definition (reporting verb • confide in • no object): Trust (someone) enough to tell them of a secret or private matter.
1. He confided in friends that he and his wife planned to separate.
2. I kinda wish she'd just confide in me, since I ended up trusting her enough to confide in her.
3. Not only will people not trust you, confide in you or believe you - they might ditch you.
4. I would urge her to seek help and confide in somebody she trusts.
5. Explain to your so-called bud that you confide in her because you trust her.
📚 Bring something to bear, phrase.
❓ Definition: Exert influence or pressure so as to achieve a particular result.
1. They brought pressure to bear on him to resign.
2. She had reservations about how much influence she could bring to bear.
3. And who, at this distance, can tell what pressures were brought to bear on ordinary citizens to make them conform.
4. NASA finally relented, but only after much pressure was brought to bear.
5. Another way that pressure can be brought to bear on offending nations is through economic sanctions.
📚 Minatory, adjective.
🔉 /ˈmɪnəˌt(ə)ri/ 🇬🇧
❓ Definition (formal): Expressing or conveying a threat.
1. He is unlikely to be deterred by minatory finger-wagging.
2. The Soviet Union undermined its own objectives by minatory behavior that produced a palpable sense of threat in the Japanese public.
3. Its story, about a boy and a minatory dog, is anecdotally slight, but the way in which the camera observes and negotiates the labyrinthine alleyways of central Tehran is visually telling.
4. We got Bianca Jagger, sandwiched between Harold Pinter at his most minatory - ‘American barbarism will destroy the world!’
5. His depiction of a minatory US foreign policy and its sinister motives is grossly unfair.
📚 Leftover, noun.
🔉 /ˈlɛftəʊvə/ 🇬🇧
❓ Definition (usually leftovers): Something, especially food, remaining after the rest has been used.
1. Everyone wanted seconds, so there were no leftovers.
2. He's just a leftover from another age.
3. This salad also makes great leftovers and will keep fresh in your fridge for up to seven days!
4. Tonight I made him a baked potato to go with the leftovers and he gobbled it all up.
5. There once was a time when a Monday lunch was Sunday's leftovers or a cheap sandwich.
📚 A penny for your thoughts, phrase.
❓ Definition: Used to ask someone what they are thinking about.
1. I haven't heard anyone say that for years - a penny for your thoughts.
2. Next time someone offers you a penny for your thoughts… sell!
3. So, a penny for your thoughts here: what criteria, if any, should be applied in selecting names?
4. When did the phrase "a penny for your thoughts" originate?
5. It's in this book that we find the earliest known citation of the line, "A penny for your thoughts."
📚 Zugzwang, noun.
🔉 /ˈzʌɡzwaŋ/ 🇬🇧
❓ Definition (Chess • mass noun): A situation in which the obligation to make a move in one's turn is a serious, often decisive, disadvantage.
1. Black is in zugzwang.
2. This touches on zugzwang, stalemate, fortresses, attack on the king, and some other absurd examples.
3. As Beim explains, with accurate play, there is no way to put Black into zugzwang.
4. One very impressive set of pages in the back of the book is a complete table of computer database results for pawnless endings where not only the general result is given, but also the longest win and longest reciprocal zugzwang.
5. His task was to find themes of interest in this mass of material, and an incredible finding he cites is that there are 209 examples of mutual zugzwang in these endings, all of which he lists.
📚 Fuse, noun.
🔉 /fjuːz/ 🇬🇧
❓ Definition: A device in a bomb that controls the timing of the explosion.
1. For instance, their Tellermine was fitted with screw sockets on the side and underneath to take various types of anti-lifting device, and anti-handling fuzes were issued.
2. The fuze is a self-powered, microprocessor controlled device and contains a radio frequency radar.
3. What he doesn't know, of course is that he is the bomb, complete with remotely controlled fuse hidden somewhere in the car.
4. A conventional bomb has a casing containing explosives, a detonation or ignition system, and an initiation device or fuse.
5. When the fuse is triggered, a conventional explosion causes the second subcritical mass to be propelled at a high velocity into the first subcritical mass.
📚 Two of a kind, phrase.
❓ Definition: The same or very similar.
1. She and her sister were two of a kind.
2. I myself had doubts at first until I went further in and found clothes that are two of a kind.
3. You're two of a kind - genetically designed to get into trouble - and all we bystanders can do is pick up the pieces and try to stick them back together again afterward.
4. Lizzie, can't you tell, we're two of a kind.
5. When I opened my eyes there she was - April from work, with her face up against mine telling me how we were two of a kind, and how we needed to do something about that, her and me.