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to conceal
to prevent something from being seen or known about:
The listening device was *** in a pen.
I tried to *** my surprise when she told me her age.
illusory
not real and based on sth made up:
Their hopes of a peaceful solution turned out to be ***.
aqueduct
a structure for carrying water across land, especially one like a high bridge with many arches that carries pipes or a canal across a valley
edifice
[formal]
Сооружение

a large building, especially an impressive one:
The town hall is the only *** surviving from the 15th century.
landmark
a building or place that is easily recognized, especially one that you can use to judge where you are:
The Rock of Gibraltar is one of Europe's most famous ***.
to draw the line
to never do something because you think it is wrong:
I swear a lot, but even I *** at saying certain words.
to draw on
= опираться на собственный опыт; to use information or your knowledge of something to help you do something:
His novels ** heavily ** his childhood.
She had a wealth of experience to ***.
all the while
for all of a period of time:
There I was thinking you were hard at work and you were upstairs in bed ***!
to scribble
to write or draw something quickly and carelessly:
набросать (рисунок или надпись)
She *** some notes in her book.
block letters
a style of writing in which each letter of a word is written separately and clearly using the capital letters of the alphabet:
Please print your name and address in ***.
to backfire
to have the opposite result from the one you intended:
Her plans to make him jealous *** on her when he started dating her best friend.
drastic
(especially of actions) severe and sudden or having very noticeable effects:
*** measures
Many employees have had to take *** cuts in pay.
bogus
false, not real, or not legal:
On investigation, his claim was found to be ***.
She produced some *** documents to support her application.
in situ
[formal]

in the original place instead of being moved to another place:
The rule was that all trash had to be photographed ***, with no human intervention or staging.
Every model of planetary formation says these could not have formed ***.
to hoodwink
to deceive or trick someone:
He *** us into agreeing.
imminently
coming or likely to happen very soon:
*** disaster/danger
A strike is ***.
In August, Netflix announced the *** release of eight new specials, bringing the platform's total to over two dozen for 2016.
on approval
If you buy something ***, you can return it without payment if it is not satisfactory.
daunting
making you feel slightly frightened or worried about your ability to achieve something:
The country was faced with the *** prospect of overcoming four decades of division.
confidence trickster
= con artist; a person who deceives other people by making them believe something false or making them give money away
to disappear without trace
If people or things **, they go somewhere where they cannot be seen or found: I don't know how it's possible for a person to **.
with a view to doing sth
with the aim of doing something:
These measures have been taken *** increasing the company's profits.
to furnish
= меблировать, to put furniture in something:
They've *** the room very simply.
to minimize
to reduce something to the least possible level or amount:
We must *** the risk of infection.
revolting
extremely unpleasant:
a *** smell of rotting cabbage
Picking your nose is a *** habit.
valueless
not worth any money:
We thought the chair was an antique worth a lot of money, but it turned out to be a *** replica.
characterless
a *** person or thing is not interesting or has no style or unusual qualities:
It's just one of those *** modern cities.
a perfect but *** face
to keep up appearances
to pretend to be happier, less poor, etc. than you really are, because you do not want people to know how bad your situation is:
They were very unhappily married but *** for the sake of their children.
wear and tear
the damage that happens to an object in ordinary use during a period:
Seat covers on buses take a lot of ***.
adage
a wise saying:
He remembered the old *** "Look before you leap".
to fork out
to pay an amount of money, especially unwillingly:
I *** ten quid for/on the ticket.
uk I couldn't persuade him to *** for a new one.
to make up your mind TO DO sth
to decide:
I haven't ** where ** yet (go).
to have difficulty IN doing sth
сложно что-то делать: People with asthma *** (breathe).
to be due
expected to happen, arrive, etc. at a particular time:
What time is the next bus ***?
The next meeting is *** to be held in three months' time.
Their first baby is *** in January.
to be liable
very likely to do something:
The areas of town near the river are *** to flooding (= are often flooded).
[ + to infinitive ] He's *** to make a fuss if you wake him.
seamstress
a woman whose job is sewing and making clothes
to be apt to
to be likely to do something or to often do something:
The kitchen roof is *** (= likely to) leak when it rains.
She's in her eighties now and *** be a little forgetful.
to make ends meet
to have just enough money to pay for the things that you need
ostensibly
appearing or claiming to be one thing when it is really something else: He has spent the past three months in Florida, *** for medical treatment, but in actual fact to avoid prosecution.
prospect of
the possibility that something good might happen in the future:
Is there any *** the weather improving?
it goes without saying
used to mean that something is obvious:
Of course, *** that you'll be paid for the extra hours you work.
aesthetic
relating to the enjoyment or study of beauty:
The new building has little *** value/appeal.
to call into question
to cause doubts about something:
The fact that a party can be voted into power by a minority of the electorate *** the country's electoral system.
knack
= способность, дар
a skill or an ability to do something easily and well:
a *** for remembering faces
She has the *** of making people feel comfortable.
There's a *** to using this corkscrew.
clutter
(a lot of objects in) a state of being untidy:
Sorry about the *** in the kitchen.
My desk is covered in/full of ***.
It doesn't stand up to close inspection.
не соответсвует стандартам\уровню качества при более детальном осмотре
to slam
[informal] to criticize:
Although the reviewers *** the play, the audience loved it.
to sift through
to make a close examination of all the parts of something in order to find something or to separate what is useful from what is not:

After my father's death, I had to *** all his papers.
to parlay
= to advance; to use or develop money, skills, etc. in a way that makes more money or leads to success:
They *** a small inheritance into a vast fortune.
tie-up
a connection or agreement that joins two things or organizations:
Cambridge University Press arranged a *** with the German publisher Klett.
covetable
= inordinately desired; used to refer to something that people want to have: It was them who made this dress so ***.
inordinate
much more than usual or expected:
Margot has always spent an *** amount of time on her appearance.
idiosyncratic
a strange or unusual habit, way of behaving, or feature that someone or something has: The film, three hours long, is directed in his usual *** style.
to see fit
If you *** to do something, you think it is good or necessary to do it:
She *** to pull her son out of the school.
ambiguity
the fact of something having more than one possible meaning and therefore possibly causing confusion:
We wish to remove any *** concerning our demands.
to dismantle
to take a machine apart or to come apart into separate pieces:
She *** the washing machine to see what the problem was, but couldn't put it back together again.
upheaval
= переворот; a great change, especially causing or involving much difficulty, activity, or trouble:
Yesterday's coup brought further *** to a country already struggling with famine.
buoyancy
the ability to float:
We tested different materials for ***.
alcove
= ниша, a small space in a room, formed by one part of a wall being further back than the parts on each side:
We've put some bookshelves in the ***.
bay window
a window that sticks out from the outer wall of a house and usually has three sides
beam
= wood;
a long, thick piece of wood, metal, or concrete, especially used to support weight in a building or other structure:
The sitting room had exposed wooden ***.
dormer window
a window that sticks out from a sloping roof
to draw a line under sth
say that sth is completely finished and you will not think about it or discuss it again
to keep things in perspective
judge the importance of sth correctly (ie not get too worried about certain things); to think about a situation or problem in a wise and reasonable way:
You must *** - the overall situation isn't really that bad.
a fine line between
If you say that there is *** one thing and another, you mean that they are very similar. You often say this when one thing is acceptable and the other is not:
As a parent, I knew that there was *** panic and caution.
to have designs
= иметь виды, посягать; to want sth for yourself, esp. because it will bring you money: to ** territorial *** territorial *** (on neighbouring countries)
]humorous] I think Alan *** on your job/wife!
to have sth down to a fine art
to be able to do something very well or quickly, often because you have done it so many times: Over the years, she had got her household management skills ***.
to exert
= оказывать (давление, влияние), проявлять; to use something such as authority, power, influence, etc. in order to make something happen:
If you were to *** your influence they might change their decision.
Some managers *** considerable pressure on their staff to work extra hours without being paid.
vicariously
Some parents seem to live *** through their children.
on a shoestring
[informal]

If you do something ***, you do it with a very small amount of money:
The film was made ***.
to be for sale
available to buy:
Is this painting ***?
Our neighbours put their house up *** (= started to advertise that they want to sell it) last week.
loan on sth
заем на что-то
to root sth out
[informal] to search and find something or someone that is difficult to find:
I've *** an old pair of shoes that might fit you.
to turn the corner
If a situation ***, it starts to improve after a difficult period:
After nine months of poor sales we've finally ***.
clear-cut
= четкий; clear or obvious without needing any proof:
She has *** evidence that the company cheated her.
to give free rein
to allow someone or something complete freedom The owners ** the chef * to create a new menu. She was afraid to ** to her feelings.
perseverance
= упорство, настойчивость; continued effort and determination:
Through hard work and ***, he worked his way up to the top.
to contemplate doing sth
to spend time considering a possible future action, or to consider one particular thing for a long time in a serious and quiet way:
I'm *** (go) abroad for a year.
prevalent
= распространенный; existing very commonly or happening often:
These diseases are more *** among young children.
Trees are dying in areas where acid rain is most ***.
to ensure
= обеспечивать; to make something certain to happen:
The airline is taking steps to *** safety on its aircraft.
[ + (that) ] The role of the police is to *** (that) the law is obeyed.
to assure
= заверять; to tell someone confidently that something is true, especially so that they do not worry:
The unions *** the new owners of the workers' loyalty to the company.
[ + speech ] "Don't worry, your car will be ready tomorrow," the mechanic *** him.
[ + (that) ] She *** him (that) the car would be ready the next day.
lifespan
= продолжительность, срок жизни\работы; the length of time for which a person, animal, or thing exists:
The average human *** in the developed countries has increased over the last hundred years.
The project's *** is estimated at about five years.
to supersede
= вытеснять, заменять; to replace something, especially something older or more old-fashioned:
Most of the old road has been *** by the great interstate highways.
to scout
= подыскивать; to go to look in various places for something you want:
She was *** walking through Prague as a young girl.
He's *** about/around for somewhere better to live.
She's visiting Connecticut to *** out (= discover information about) the east coast housing market.
in a word
= одним словом, коротко говоря; said when you are going to give your opinion about something quickly and directly:
***, she's lying.
to wield
= держать в руках, уметь обращаться; to hold a weapon or tool and look as if you are going to use it:
She was confronted by a man *** a knife.
thorny
A *** problem or subject is difficult to deal with:
the *** issue of taxation
snap decision
поспешное решение
pricey
expensive:
It's a bit *** but the food is wonderful.