CAE_Complete_2nd Edition_Unit 6
Terms in this set (21)
(phrase, informal) a day when you feel that you do not look attractive, especially because of your hair. I'm having a bad-hair day.
capture an expression
(phrase) to represent the look of someone's face accurately in a picture or photograph. The portrait really captures her expression of joy.
commission a portrait
(phrase) to arrange for someone to paint a picture of a person in exchange for payment. He's so vain, he's commissioned a portrait of himself.
(adjective) praising or expressing admiration for someone. The reviews of his latest film have been highly complimentary.
(noun) a secret plan made by a group of people to do something bad or illegal. Police uncovered a conspiracy to overthrow the government.
draw your own conclusion
(phrase) to consider the facts of a situation and make a decision about what is true, correct, likely to happen, etc. She refused to talk about it - you can draw your own conclusion from that.
eyes boring into you
(phrase) If someone's eyes are boring into you, that person is staring very hard at you. I could feel his eyes boring into me.
from the outset
(phrase) from the beginning. The project was doomed from the outset.
(adjective) an innate quality or ability is one that you were born with and not one you have learned. She has an innate gift for working with children.
in your element
(phrase) in a place or situation that is completely natural and comfortable for you. He's always loved acting and you can see he's in his element when he's on stage.
(phrase) somebody in a story who is not very important. I got a part in the play, but it was only a minor character.
(adjective) expressed in a way that is too strong. I feel that his complaints were overstated.
passing moods and emotions
(phrase) emotional sates that do not last long. The novel captures the passing moods and emotions of its main character very convincingly.
(phrase) to state in court that you are guilty of a crime. He was sent straight to prison after pleading guilty.
put the finishing touches to
(phrase) to add small details in order to make something perfect. I'm just putting the finishing touches to the wedding cake.
(noun) the state of being too aware of how you appear to others. She stood up and sang for us, without any self-consciousness.
so to speak
(phrase) used to explain that you are using a special or unusual expression. In their household it's Lorna who wears the trousers, so to speak.
(noun) something that someone owns that shows they have a high position in society. For lots of people, a sports car is a status symbol.
trail of destruction
(phrase) instances of damage in different places along a route. The hurricane left a trail of destruction.
(phrasal verb) to happen in a particular way, or to have a particular result. The bomb warning turned out to be a false alarm.
(adjective) making you feel worried or uncomfortable. Going back to the place where I grew up was a very unsettling experience
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