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SGU FS2018 Vocabulary
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Imagine you're barrelling down the highway...
"Imagine you're ... ing down the highway"
(verb: travelling very quickly, synonym: zooming)
Can't stop in time to avoid the object
"Can't stop ... ... to avoid the object"
(=quickly enough so that you don't crash into)
To turn left very quickly, for example as a reaction to some obstacle that's just appeared on the road
Sacrifice your life (to something or for someone)
" ... your life (to something or for someone)"
(verb: to decide to die because it will help somebody, or help some greater purpose)
A deliberate decision
"a ... decision"
(adjective: a decision that you make consciously, after thinking about it. Opposite: a quick reaction or an unconscious decision)
An instinctual panicked move with no forethought or malice
"An instinctual panicked move with no ... or ... "
(two nouns = you didn't think about this move in advance, and you didn't mean any harm)
Planned murder (two words)
remove human error from the driving equation
... human error from the driving ...
[verb] ... [noun] = eliminate human error from the driving algorithm
Their outcomes may be determined months or years in advance
"Their outcomes may be d... months or years in advance"
(synonym= defined or planned)
morally murky decision
[adverb] [adjective] decision
= ethically questionable decision
the same initial setup
"The same i... s..."
=the same situation or conditions that we started with before
morally responsible motorist
[adverb] [adjective] motorist
= a motorist with good ethical values
meting out street justice
measuring out rewards and punishments on the street
systematically favouring or discriminating against (something)
systematically favouring and [verb+ing] against something
suffer the negative consequences
[verb] the negative [noun]
= get hurt/harmed (by something)
if cars start analysing and factoring in the passengers
if cars start analysing and [verb+ing] [prep.] the passengers
= classifying, judging, considering
There are concerns over liability when accidents happen
"There are concerns over ... when accidents happen"
It is not clear who will take the legal responsibility when an accident will happen
Somebody needs to maintain the vehicles
"Somebody needs to [VERB] the vehicles" = check and repair e.g. switch winter to summer tyres, check the oil level etc.
They need mobile network coverage
"they need mobile network ..."
the mobile network must be aviable
The Americans still like gas-guzzlers
The Americans still like cars that need a lot of gas
Areas with a high density of cars
"Areas with a high ... of cars"
Areas with a lot of car traffic
The cars will need lifetime software support and updates
"The cars will need lifetime software ... and updates"
= the software must always be at the newest / highest / most safe level
the fundamental rule to limit accidents is to wear PPE.
The ((adj.) basic, essential) rule to limit accidents is to wear PPE
petty rules are very common in Switzerland
((adj.) small-minded, pedantic) rules are very common in Switzerland
one social rule at ETH is not to discriminate against anybody
one ((adj.) rule about how people treat each other) at ETH is not to discriminate against anybody
cigarette packages carry an ugly written and pictured health warning
cigarette packages ... (verb) an ugly written and pictured ... (adj.) warning
the sirens sound a loud test warning for all inhabitants of the country regularly
the sirens ...(verb) a loud ... ... (noun) for all inhabitants of the country regularly
the attacker punched him in the face without warning
the attacker punched him in the face ... ... (prep.) (noun) = he/she didn't say anything in advance
Please could you check through the document and edit if necessary?
Please could you ... (verb) through the document and edit if necessary? = to review the document
I'm so sorry I didn't get back to you sooner.
I'm so sorry I didn't ... ... (verb) (prep.) to you sooner = I'm sorry I didn't recontact you sooner
I'm convinced that I could make a valuable contribution to your team.
I'm convinced that I could make a ... (adj.) contribution to your team. = relevant/ important contribution
I'd be delighted to (do something)
I'd be ... (adj.) to (do something) = It would be a pleasure to (do something)
It met their expectations perfectly
It ... (verb) their expectations perfectly = to fulfill
To give someone advice on something
To give someone ... (noun) on something = to counsel someone
I managed to solve the problem
I ... (verb) to solve the problem. = I was able to solve the problem
Have a high tolerance for...
Have a high ... (noun) for... = to be able to resist or survive something, or not to be influenced negatively by something
She has highlighted a weakness in your organization
She has ... (verb) a weakness in your organization = to point something out / show that something is important
Thank you for bringing the issue to our attention
Thank you for bringing the issue to our ... (noun) = bring information, so that we know about the issue
make sure the problem doesn't occur again
make sure the problem doesn't ... (verb) again = doesn't happen / take place again
seize the opportunity
... (verb) the opportunity = to use
They have washed their hands of it
They have washed their ... (noun) of it = wash in innocence
my neck of the woods
my neck of the ... (noun) = area, where you live or spend lots of time
I can see where you're coming from
"I can see ... ..'. ... ... "
= I can see things from your point of view, I can see what you mean, I see what you're saying
We need to get the rats/cockroaches exterminated
"We need to get the rats/cockroaches [verb]ed"
= Killed. Eradicated
We need to have the squatters evicted
"We need to have the squatters [verb]ed" = (legally) thrown out, removed, forced to leave
We need to get the house rewired
"We need to get the house [verb]ed"
= all the electrical circuits, switches etc will be replaced
We need to have the building surveyed
"We need to have the building [verb]ed"
= get a professional to analyse the structure and the basic physical state of the building so that we know how much it's really worth.
security guards have to log every encounter with the public
security guards have to ... (report, write down) every ... (confrontation) with the public
an unfortunate escalation of the situation
an unfortunate ... (1 noun - intensification, worsening) of the situation
in her defense, she did warn him
in her defense, she ... ... him (Verb - told him in advance about a danger)
she is currently doing a course
she is ... (adv.) doing ... ... (these days she visits a course)
I do access control on the night shift
I do (check the locking) on the night shift
don't touch anyone or you'll get sued
don't touch anyone or you'... ... ... (verb, adj. - legal action will be taken against you)
(not guilty/blameless/faultless) (observers)
going 'hands on' with anyone is just begging for a lawsuit
"going [plural noun] [preposition] with anyone is just begging for a [noun]"
= getting physical with someone makes it very likely that you'll get sued.
YAKKING on the phone
talking at length about irrelevant things (e.g. on the phone)
driving WITH HEADPHONES ON
"[verb+ing] with [noun] [preposition]"
= using earphones while driving a car
TEXTING WHILE DRIVING
"[verb+ing] while [verb+ing]"
= Being behind the wheel and writing a SMS (Email, Whatsapp message, etc.)
DEBUNK that ASSUMPTION
"[verb] a [noun]"
= demystify or prove the incorrectness of something someone erroneously takes for granted
= severely wounded, possibly fatally
WAVE of DISASTROUS ACCIDENTS
"[noun] of [adjective] [noun]"
= a very high number of severe crashes within a short period
BEHIND/AT THE WHEEL
"[preposition] the [noun]"
= in control of a car
FLIP THROUGH THE RADIO DIAL
"[verb] [preposition] the radio [noun]"
= to channel-surf with the radio in a car
DRAW ONE'S GAZE AWAY FROM THE ROAD
"[verb] one's [noun] away from the road"
= to pull your attention or sight away from the road
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