40 terms

Proficiency Unit 8

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minimalist
relating to a style of art, design, music etc that uses only a very few simple ideas or patterns
clear conscience
the knowledge that you have done nothing wrong
go with the flow
to agree that you will do the thing that most people want to do
root (sth) out
to find something by searching for it
stash (sth) away
to store something secretly or safely somewhere
strike a deal
to agree to do something for someone if they do something for you
get full credit (for)
to receive complete approval or praise for something you have done
wow factor
an interesting, exciting, or unusual feature of something, that people will notice and think is very impressive
turn the corner
to start to become successful after a period of being unsuccessful
give free rein to (sb/sth)
to allow an emotion or feeling to be expressed freely
be up for (sth)
willing to do something or interested in doing something
fortress
a large strong building used for defending an important place and protecting people or things
grass-roots
relating to the ordinary people in an organization, rather than the leaders
shoestring
a *** business, operation etc is one that does not spend or cost much money
fete
to honour someone
upheaval
a very big change that often causes problems
transparency
the quality of glass, plastic etc that makes it possible for you to see through it
gut
to completely destroy the inside of a building, especially by fire
friction
disagreement, angry feelings, or unfriendliness between people
dismantle
to take a machine or piece of equipment apart so that it is in separate pieces
flip side
the bad effects of something that also has good effects
buoyancy
the ability of prices, a business etc to quickly get back to a high level after a difficult period
elevated
raised off the ground or higher up than other things
contemporary
someone who lived or was in a particular place at the same time as someone else
embody
to be a very good example of an idea or quality
pioneering
introducing new and better methods or ideas for the first time
on the wane
becoming smaller, weaker, or less important
per se
used to say that something is being considered alone, not with other connected things
imposing
large, impressive, and appearing important
elitist
an *** system, government etc is one in which a small group of people have more power and advantages than other people
negate
to prevent something from having any effect
clear-cut
easy to understand or be certain about
mainstream
accepted by or involving most people in a society
perseverance
determination to keep trying to achieve something in spite of difficulties - use this to show approval
memorabilia
things that you keep or collect because they are connected with a famous person, event, or time
hoard
to collect and save large amounts of food, money etc, especially when it is not necessary to do so
obsolescence
when something becomes old-fashioned and no longer useful, because something newer and better has been invented
philanthropic
a *** person or institution gives money and help to people who are poor or in trouble
choosy
someone who is *** will only accept things that they like a lot or they consider to be very good
off-white
a white colour that has some yellow or grey in it