look forward to with fear; fear greatly; causing great fear
n. a branch of mathematics that uses numbers to solve theoretical and practical problems
a list that shows the results of multiplying certain numbers (such as 1 through 12) by each other —called also times table
(adj.) large and heavy; great in size or scope
ruined or disrupted; to break suddenly into many small pieces
[noncount] : courage that allows you to do something that is dangerous, difficult, or frightening : an assignment requiring nerve.
(+obj) to get (a particular response or reaction)
His speech drew cheers from the crowd.
: to try very hard to do, achieve, or deal with something that is difficult or that causes problems
She is struggling with her health. [=she is having problems with her health] ▪
Getting pleasure from inflicting pain on others (adj)
full of happiness and joy : happy and cheerful (adj)
a woman who has taken a sacred vow to devote her life to prayer and service to the church
pit of one's stomach
: the part of a person's stomach where strong feelings of nervousness, excitement, etc., can be felt
▪ She felt a flutter in the pit of her stomach when he walked through the door.
having nothing to do with the subject (adj)
so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
in a way that is meant, intended, or planned (adv)
▪ He deliberately tricked them.
2 : slowly and carefully : in a way that is not hurried
▪ She spoke clearly and deliberately to the audience.
continuing beyond the usual, expected, or normal time : not stopping or going away (adj)
▪ He has been fighting a persistent cold/infection. ▪ Flooding has been a persistent problem in the area this year.
puzzle things out
puzzle (something) out or puzzle out (something) : to understand or find (something, such as the answer to a difficult problem) by careful thinking
▪ She puzzled out the meaning of the strange phrase.
verb (used with object)
4. to say in a dull, monotonous tone.
1 always used before a noun — used to emphasize the large amount, size, or degree of something ▪ The sheer amount of work was staggering. ▪ The sheer number of questions overwhelmed her. ▪ The sheer force of the wind knocked me to the ground.
2 always used before a noun : complete and total
▪ sheer [=utter] nonsense ▪ sheer [=pure] luck/coincidence/joy
1 [+ obj] : to make (something, such as an error or problem) worse : to add to (something bad)
▪ He compounded [=exacerbated] his mistake by announcing it to the whole table.
out of a sense of duty
completely and without qualification
cracked or broken (adj)
(adj.) nauseated or uneasy; causing nausea or uneasiness; troubled
on a whim
whim [count] : a sudden wish, desire, decision, etc.
▪ the whims of fashion ▪ It's hard to predict voters' whims. ▪ Her husband tries to satisfy her every whim. [=make her happy by doing everything that she wants] ▪ He quit his job on a whim. [=because of a sudden decision] ▪ The shop is only open at the whim of the owner. [=the shop is only open when the owner wants it to be open]
on one's own terms
on your (own) terms
: according to your own wishes : in your own way
▪ She wants to succeed on her own terms. ▪ If I agree to help, it will only be on my terms.
1 [singular] a : the speed at which someone or something moves; b : the speed at which something happens
We encourage you to hike the trail at your own pace. [=at a speed that suits you and lets you be comfortable]