30 terms

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Chapter 1

Vocabulary for EFL students taken from the first chapter of the book by Douglas Adams Definitions adapted from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary www.oald8.com
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You haven't got a leg to stand on.
You have no justification for what you are trying to do. (idiom)
in the pipeline
being discussed, planned or prepared and will happen or exist soon (idiom)
"The bypass has been ______ for months."
bristles
short stiff hairs (n, plural)
"The shaving mirror reflected Arthur Dent's ________."
shabby
(of a person) badly dressed in clothes that have been worn a lot (adj)
"Mr Prosser was forty, fat and ________."
vestige
a small part of something that still exists after the rest of it has stopped existing (n, plural)
"The only _______s of Mr Prosser's mighty ancestry were a stoutness about the tum and a predilection for fur hats."
predilection
if you have a ___________ for something, you like it very much (n)
"Mr Prosser had a ________ for little fur hats."
catastrophe
a sudden event that causes many people to suffer (n)
"Before she could get to the phone to tell anyone about it, a terribly stupid ______ occured, and the idea was lost forever."
squat
short and wide or fat, in a way that is not attractive (adj)
"Not a remarkable house by any means - it was about thirty years old, ______tish, squarish and made of brick."
squat down
to sit on your heels with your knees bent up close to your body (v)
"He _______ted _______ next to Arthur."
squelch
to make a wet sucking sound (v)
"Arthur lay in the mud and ________ed at him."
bypass
a road that passes around a town or city rather than through the centre (n)
"________es have got to be built."
knock down
to destroy a building by breaking its walls (v, informal)
"They want to ______ _____ your house, right?"
demolish
to pull or knock down a building (v, formal)
demolition
the noun from demolish
"Commence _________."
hangover
the headache and sick feeling that you have the day after drinking too much alcohol (n)
"What a terrible ______ it had earned him."
bulldozer
stomp
to walk, dance, or move with heavy steps (v)
"He ______ed to the bathroom."
intervening
coming or existing between two events, dates, objects, etc (adj)
"________ generations had juggled Mr. Prosser's genes."
stout
(of a person) rather fat (adj)
"Mr Prosser was ________."
tum
(British English, informal) a person's stomach or the area around the stomach (n)
bleary
(of eyes) not able to see clearly, especially because you are tired (adj)
"He looked in the mirror with ______ eyes."
flashlight
gatecrash
to go to a party or social event without being invited (v)
"Ford would ______ parties and start making fun of any astrophysicist he could find."
boozer
a person who drinks a lot of alcohol (n)
"Ford was an unruly _______ with some oddish habits."
blunder
a stupid or careless mistake (n)
"He had made one careless _______ though."
apocryphal
(of a story) well-known, but probably not true
"Most of the information in it is ________."
wholly
completely
"Not only is it a ______ remarkable book, it is also a highly successful one."
inextricable
(formal)
too closely linked to be separated
intertwined
to be or become very closely connected with something/somebody else
"These consequences are inextricably _______ with this book."
repository
1 a place where something is stored in large quantities
2 a person or book that is full of information
"My father is a ________ of family history."
"The book is a ________ of knowledge."
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