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Gateway C1 2nd edition unit 9 vocabulary


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15 minutes of fame (idiom)
A short period where a person is briefly famous and receives lots of media attention.
A claim to fame (idiom)
An unusual or interesting reason why something or someone may have become well known.
to be starry-eyed (idiom)
To have a naively enthusiastic, over-optimistic or romantic view of someone or a situation.
to be written in the stars (idiom)
To say that a course of events or an outcome is certain to happen.
to reach for the stars (idiom)
To try and achieve very challenging aims.
to shoot to fame (idiom)
To suddenly become famous.
to thank one's lucky stars (idiom)
To be grateful for opportunities or good fortune.
what price fame (idiom)
A phrase used to suggest that becoming famous may not be worth all the suffering that goes with it.
to act out (phr v)
to perform
to break into (phr v)
to start to do something, for example to begin a new career or to enter a new area within your career field.
to call for (phr v)
to require
to come across (phr v)
to be seen by others in a certain way
to fade out (phr v)
to gradually disappear (describes scenes in films)
to get something across (phr v)
to communicate something or to be understood.
to put something on (phr v)
to behave in a false way or to pretend.
to read for a role (phr v)
to audition
to run through (phr v)
to practise
to take on (a new personality) (phr v)
to acquire a new characteristic
to try out (phr v)
to see how suitable somebody is for a particular role or to see how good something is.
to turn into (phr v)
to transform
to write somebody out of (phr v)
to change a story so that a character is no longer in it.
adaptation (n)
a film or TV series that is produced by adapting another version of it
box office (n)
an office at a theatre or a cinema where tickets are sold
flashback (n)
A return to an earlier scene in a film.
flaw (n)
an imperfection
location (n)
a place outside of a film studio where filming is being done
narrator (n)
A person who speaks as an accompaniment to the action in a film.
portrayal (n)
The way in which an actor plays the part of a particular character.
reception (n)
The way in which viewers react to a film.
screenplay (n)
The script for a film.
soundtrack (n)
The recorded sound accompaniment to a film.
adrenalin (n)
A hormone which is released in response to stress and increases heart rate, pulse rate and blood pressure.
aisle (n)
A passageway separating seating areas in a cinema or theatre.
antithesis (n)
The exact opposite
baffle (v)
To make somebody feel very confused and/or unable to understand something.
censorship (n)
The banning or cutting of sections of a film which are considered unsuitable for people to view.
to come under fire (phr v)
to be harshly criticised.
consolation (n)
A person or thing that brings comfort in a time of suffering, grief or disappointment.
constitute (v)
to form or to be a part of
craft (v)
to make something skillfully
demographic (n)
The size, structure and distribution of a group of people.
disenchantment (n)
Becoming disappointed with something that you previously liked.
dissuade (v)
To persuade somebody not to do something.
dystopian (adj)
An adjective to describe a film which shows a world in which everything is as bad as it can be.
embed (v)
To make sure that a thought or an idea is kept in mind.
excruciating (adj)
Extremely painful
existential (adj)
An adjective to describe anything related to existence, especially human existence.
fastidious (adj)
An adjective to describe someone who is very critical and hard to please, or someone who is overly obsessed with details.
fired up (phr v)
feeling very strongly about something
fundamental (adj)
to grit your teeth (phr v)
literally to clench your teeth together but can also mean to continue with something which is very difficult or painful for you.
to hold accountable (phr v)
to give responsibility
hook an audience (v)
to get the audience's attention.
intent on something (phr v)
determined to do something
jargon (n)
specialised language for one particular subject, culture or profession.
laborious (adj)
an adjective to describe something which requires a lot of hard work.
latex (n)
A milky fluid which is produced by many plants and is used in the production of rubber.
mechanism (n)
A process or a technique
mesmerising (adj)
An adjective to describe something which is holding people's attention entirely.
nomination (n)
The act of nominating, i.e. proposing someone as a candidate for a particular role, especially in politics.
nominee (n)
A person who is nominated.
opulent (adj)
An adjective to describe something which indicates wealth.
overlooked (adj)
pamper (v)
to treat somebody very indulgently
perish (v)
to die
proportionally (adv)
When something is done in a way so that the relationship between different things or parts is in respect to their comparative size or number.
reluctant (adj)
Not eager or keen.
rhetorical question (n)
A question to which no answer is required, usually used for dramatic effect.
ruthless (adj)
Showing no mercy.
sense of propriety (n)
Idea of the behaviour which is considered correct in polite society.
shake off (phr v)
to escape from
silicone (n)
Synthetic material which is resistant to temperature, water and chemicals and consequently has many uses.
snobbery (n)
When somebody is trying to appear to be of a higher social status than they actually are and behaves condescendingly towards others.
stellar (adj)
Something which is related to stars.
stunning (adj)
Very attractive or impressive.
surgery (n)
Operative medical procedure.
talk up (Phr v)
To make something sound better than it actually is in order to encourage interest in it or support for it.
thrilled (adj)
Very pleased and excited.
tolerate (v)
To put up with
wreck (n & v)
(n) A person or thing that has been ruined.
(v) To destroy or ruin.