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Insight Upper-Intermediate Unit 3
Terms in this set (83)
based on general ideas and not on any particular real person, thing or situation
The research shows that young children are capable of thinking in abstract terms.
to gradually get more and more of sth over a period of time
Dust and dirt soon accumulate if a house is not cleaned regularly.
of, pertaining to, or containing aluminium
The window frames are made from aluminium.
to collect sth, especially in large quantities
They are going to amass a wealth of information together.
old and often valuable
That desk is an antique.
They expect to be beaten at the next election.
the things that you own which can be moved, for example not land or buildings
She packed her few belongings in a bag and left.
to throw away
Please bin your old socks!
very exciting or impressive (usually in a pleasant way)
The scene was one of breathtaking beauty.
The boy had broad shoulders.
willing to listen to other people's opinions and accept behaviour that is different from your own
She was very broad-minded!
to be a gold brown colour
There's a bronze statue outside the museum.
chest of drawers (BrE)
dresser (NAmE) (n)
a piece of furniture with drawers for keeping clothes in
Can you put your clothes away in the chest of drawers please?
clear out (n)
a process of getting rid of things that you no longer want
I'm going to have a clear out at the weekend.
having too many things, so that it is untidy
The room seems to be full of clutter.
a small flat piece of metal used
I have lots of coins in my purse.
full of bright colours or having a lot of different colours
The male birds are more colourful than the female birds.
belonging to the same time
'm not a fan of contemporary art.
causing a lot of angry public discussion and disagreement
Winston Churchill and Richard Nixon were both controversial figures.
stove (NAmE) (n)
a large piece of equipment for cooking food, containing an oven and gas or electric rings on top
Don't forget to turn off the cooker after using it.
reddish-brown in colour
The copper sun sank into the sea.
pulverized, rendered into small, disconnected fragments
I'm looking for crushed aluminium cans.
drapes (NAmE) (n)
a piece of cloth that is hung to cover a window
It was ten in the morning but the curtains were still drawn.
old-fashioned; belonging to a time in the past
The furniture is very dated.
deterioration from sound condition
Go behind those decaying wooden buildings.
easily damaged or broken
The eye is one of the most delicate organs of the body.
drop out of (phr v)
to no longer take part in or be part of sth
I am going to drop out of science as it is too hard.
trash can (NAmE) (n)
a large container with a lid, used for putting rubbish/garbage in, usually kept outside the house
A dustbin is a large container outside your house where you throw things away.
based on new ideas, forms or methods that are used to find out what effect they have
The equipment is still at the experimental stage.
including a lot of things happening quickly
The science fair was fast- paced and impressive.
apartment (NAmE) (n)
a set of rooms for living in, usually on one floor of a building
Our flat is on the top floor.
yard (NAmE) (n)
a piece of land next to or around your house where you can grow flowers, fruit, vegetables, etc.
The children enjoy playing in the garden.
get rid of (v)
to make yourself free of sb/sth that is annoying you or that you do not want; to throw sth away
I can't get rid of this headache.
made by hand, not by machine, and typically therefore of superior quality
He has expensive handmade leather shoes.
heap of (n)
a lot of sth
I've got a heap of things to do.
a strong feeling of sadness
It's heart-breaking to see him wasting his life like this.
help out (phr v)
to help sb, especially in a difficult situation
He's always willing to help out.
to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc., in a hidden or carefully guarded place
Don't hoard all your favourite sweets.
things that are considered useless or of little value
I've cleared out all that old junk that was in the attic.
elevator (NAmE) (n)
a moving platform or cage for carrying passengers or freight from one level to another, as in a building
The lift took us to the top floor.
very exciting, impressive or surprising
Watching your baby being born is a mind-blowing experience.
mountains of (n)
a very large amount or number of sth
We made mountains of sandwiches.
to feel or realise beforehand
The business deal was much-anticipated.
seeming to last for ever
Housework is a never-ending task.
a thing that can be seen and
touched, but is not alive
Glass and plastic objects lined the shelves.
opt out (phr v)
the act of choosing not to be involved in an agreement
Everyone else went on the school trip but I opted out.
pick out (phr v)
to choose sb/sth carefully from a group of people or things
I need to pick out some clothes for my interview tomorrow.
piles of (n)
a quantity of things heaped together
There were piles of clothes everywhere.
sth that you have or own
The ring is one of her most treasured possessions.
pots, dishes, etc. made with clay that is baked in an oven
He has an extensive collection of nineteenth-century pottery.
a thing that is grown or produced, usually for sale
We are selling more products online than ever before.
reach out (to) (phr v)
to be seen or heard by sb
She uses her blog to reach out to teens.
a flat shape with four straight sides, two of which are longer
than the other two, and four angles of 90°
There is a large rectangular table in the room.
torn, either partly or into separate pieces
Oh no! My dress is ripped.
things that you throw away because you no longer want or need them
The streets were littered with rubbish.
run out (of) (phr v)
to use up or finish a supply of sth
We've run out of milk!
covered with rust
The car is very rusty.
causing more problems and difficulties instead of solving them; not achieving what you wanted to achieve but having an opposite effect
Paying children too much attention when they misbehave can be self-defeating.
to be made from a type of fine smooth cloth made from silk thread
The baby's skin was as smooth as silk.
completely flat and even, without any lumps, holes or rough areas
The painting had a smooth surface.
sort out (phr v)
an act of arranging or organizing the contents of sth in a tidy or neat way and removing things you do not want
I haven't got time to sort out that stuff.
spill out (phr v)
to fill a container and go over the edge
My tea spilled out onto the floor.
spread out (phr v)
to stretch your body or arrange your things over a large area
There's more room to spread out in first class.
stacks of (n)
a large number or amount of sth; a lot of sth
I've got stacks of work to do.
extremely attractive or
You look absolutely stunning!
a flat piece of stone that has writing on it T
his tablet is from Ancient Egypt.
take out (phr v)
to move sth from one place to another
I am going to take all of these clothes out of my wardrobe.
twisted together in an untidy way
You need to brush your hair, it's all tangled in knots!
faucet (NAmE) (n)
a device that controls the flow of water from a pipe
Turn the tap on/off to control the water flow.
thought provoking (adj)
making people think seriously about a particular subject or issue
A brilliant and thought-provoking play.
throw out (phr v)
to get rid of sth that you no longer want
I am going to throw out all my old clothes!
flashlight (NAmE) (n)
a small electric lamp that uses batteries and that you can hold in your hand
She used a torch to find her way in the dark.
allowing you to see through it
The insect's wings are almost transparent.
shaped like a triangle
She has very broad triangular shoulders.
closet (NAmE) (n)
a large cupboard for hanging clothes in which is either a piece of furniture or built into the wall
The house has a fitted wardrobe in every bedroom.
wear out (phr v)
to become, or make sth become, thin or unusuable, usually because it has been used too much
I wore out my shoes trekking in the Alps.
well documented (adj)
having a lot of written evidence to prove, support or explain it
The problem is well documented.
well earned (adj)
Her break was well earned!
well known (adj)
known about by a lot of people
His books are not well known.
wide ranging (adj)
including or dealing with a large number of different subjects or areas
The commission has been given wide ranging powers.
having a curving and twisting shape
It is a long and winding road.
able to say or write clever,
She often used witty remarks.
made of wood
Our dining table is wooden.
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