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over the hill
If you say that someone is over the hill, you are saying rudely that they are old and no longer fit, attractive, or capable of doing useful work.
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no longer young, and therefore no longer attractive or good at doing things
Kathleen thinks she’s over the hill, but she’s only 32.

go far
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
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if you think that someone will go far, you think they will be successful in the future
He was the best student in his year, and everyone was sure he would go far.

reach the peak
The peak of the mountain is narrow. Only a few reach the top.
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the time when something or someone is best, greatest, highest, most successful
Most athletes reach their peak in their mid 20s.

go downhill
They offered me a job as a temporary worker but I don't want to go downhill.
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if a situation goes downhill, it gets worse
Grandma fell and broke her leg, and she went downhill quite rapidly after that.

at a crossroads
There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves at a crossroads. The choices we make in those moments can define the rest of our days.
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a time when someone has to make very important decisions which will affect their future
Now farming is at a crossroads in the European Community.

hard to swallow
difficult to believe. Your story is pretty hard to swallow, but I am beginning to believe it.
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difficult to believe
I found his story a bit hard to swallow.

regurgitate
You're welcome to stay for dinner, but it looks like left-overs again...
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to repeat facts, ideas etc that you have read or heard without thinking about them yourself – used to show disapproval
She tried to get students to think critically, not just regurgitate facts.

food for thought
I don't agree with you, but your questions have given me food for thought.
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something that makes you think carefully
The teacher’s advice certainly gave me food for thought.

half-baked
An idea or plan which is half-baked has not been considered carefully enough. A half-baked idea is okay, as long as it's in the oven.
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a half-baked idea, suggestion, plan etc has not been properly planned
He’s always coming out with these half- baked ideas which will never work.

flash of inspiration
Advice from LIGHTNING: follow the flash of inspiration, stay current, spark new ideas, light up the night, charge ahead!
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if someone has a flash of inspiration they suddenly have a clever idea
As he was thinking about the problem, he suddenly had a flash of inspiration.

bright
genius, very superior, bright, high normal, low normal, dull, inferior, feeble-minded
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intelligent and able to learn things quickly
He was an exceptionally bright child.

shine
It's your time to shine.
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to be very good at something
The concert will give young jazz musicians a chance to shine.

dim
Hi moon! dim your light. Hello wind! breeze soft. Hello earth! spin gently. Because my friend is going to sleep.
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not intelligent
You can be really dim sometimes!

construct a theory
Theories are constructed in order to explain, predict and master phenomena (e.g. relationships, events, or the behavior). In many instances we are constructing models of reality.
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to form something such as a sentence, argument or system by joining words, ideas etc together
A theory makes generalizations of an interrelated, coherent set of ideas and models.

support a theory
Why Logic? One way to support a theory is to offer an argument in its favor. One way to support a theory is to offer an argument against that theory. Which arguments should we take seriously? Logic answers this question!
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to make people believe an idea or set of ideas that is intended to explain something about life or the world, especially an idea that has not yet been proved to be true
Her findings supported Darwin’s theory of evolution.

fall down
Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
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to fail because of a particular reason or in a particular way
That’s where the whole argument falls down.

foundations
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
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basic ideas, principles, situations etc that something develops from
All theories should be built on solid foundations of factual knowledge

make a killing
I'm not here to make a living, I'm here to make a killing.
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to make a lot of money in a short time
He made a killing on the stock exchange.

launch a campaign
How to successfully launch your product or Website Online.
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to start something, usually something big or important
The organisation has launched a campaign to raise £150,000.

target
Set your target and keep trying until you reach it.
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to make something have an effect on a particular limited group or area
The programme is targeted at improving the health of women of all ages.

join forces
Planet earth is our shared island, let us join forces to protect it.
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to work together so that you can deal with a problem, be more powerful etc
Local schools have joined forces with each other to share facilities.

perspective
I've learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
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a way of thinking about something, especially one which is influenced by the type of person you are or by your experiences
His father’s death gave him a whole new perspective on life.

mind
Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.
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your thoughts or your ability to think, feel, and imagine things
It’s important to keep an open mind as you study the topic.

eye-opening
Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open.
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an eye-opening experience is one from which you learn something surprising or new
The whole trip has been an eye-opening experience.

narrow-minded
I'm not narrow-minded. I'm focused.
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unwilling to accept or understand new or different ideas, opinions, or customs
His attitude is narrow-minded and insensitive.

convincing
Conduct is more convincing than language.
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making you believe that something is true or right
They produced convincing evidence of his guilt.

second thoughts
You are worth than second thoughts and maybes.
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doubts about a decision you have made
You’re not having second thoughts, are you?

stereotype
We all use stereotypes, all the time, without knowing it. We have met the enemy of equality, and the enemy is us.
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A picture in your head, or an opinion you have, about a person or a group of people based on the actions or behaviour of other that are similar.
She is someone who doesn’t fit the stereotype of the good mother.

preconception
Don't stereotype me!
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a belief or opinion that you have already formed before you know the actual facts, and that may be wrong
I had the same preconceptions about life in South Africa that many people have.

the general opinion
And that which yesterday was the novel opinion of one man, today becomes the general opinion of the majority.
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the opinion that most people have about something
The general opinion seems to be that the government has made a mess of the war.

keep your opinions to yourself
The key is keeping yourself to yourself. Keep your mystery. Don't give them too much information so they can't define you.
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to not say what you really think
As the youngest person there, I knew enough to keep my opinions to myself.

personal opinion
What I am about to say, is my personal opinion.
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what you yourself think about something or someone
My personal opinion is that his first film was better.

opinionated
I'm not opinionated. I'm just always right.
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expressing very strong opinions about things
I found him very arrogant and opinionated.

idealistic
I know I'm too idealistic for this world. But wouldn't it be nice if people were kind to each other and were less selfish?
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believing that you should live according to high standards and principles, even if they cannot really be achieved
Many people had idealistic values in the 1960s.

difference of opinion
10% of arguments are due to a difference of opinion. 90% are due to the wrong tone of voice.
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an occasion when two people disagree
He and Luke had a difference of opinion.

opinion is divided
Sport fisherman / Fisheries Scientists: "The red snapper population is this big!"
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people have different opinions about something
Opinion was divided as to whether the program will work.

a matter of opinion
The pessimist says: the glass is half-empty. The optimist says: the glass is half-full. The sales rep says: Let's talk about the benefits of ice.
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used to say that you disagree, or that people disagree about something
“He’s a very nice man.” “That’s a matter of opinion,” thought Sam.

entitled to your own opinion
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.
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used especially when politely disagreeing with what someone says
Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I can't accept what he is saying.

however
Thankful. However...
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used when saying something that seems different or surprising after your previous statement
He began his career as a mathematician. However, his main achievements were in nuclear physics.

consequently
As a result or consequence of something... subsequently, following after in time or sequence... Nothing can be unconditional; consequently nothing can be free.
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as a result, therefore
The molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream and consequently affect the organs.

additionally
Adding something: moreover, in addition, additionally, further, further to this, also, besides, what is more
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in addition, also
A new contract is in place. Additionally, staff will be offered a bonus scheme.

used to say that something happens or is true as a result of the situation you have just stated
There are no buses, so you’ll have to walk.

on the other hand
Mr Marlin, you said "on the other hand" three times. How many hands do you have?
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used to give another opinion or fact that should be considered as well as the one you have just given
I’d like to eat out, but on the other hand I should be trying to save money.

in addition
Writing transitions: in addition, furthermore, moreover, another
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used to add another piece of information to what you have just said
The company provides cheap Internet access. In addition, it makes shareware freely available.

in fact
Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.
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used to emphasise that the truth about a situation is the opposite of what has been mentioned
They told me it would be cheap but in fact it cost me nearly £500.

furthermore
Furthermore is an adverb. It refers to more distant place or time, greater extent, or in addition to what has been said.
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in addition to what has already been said
He is old and unpopular. Furthermore, he has at best only two years of political life ahead of him.

nevertheless
The words however, nevertheless, and therefore are extremely useful...
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in spite of the fact that you have just mentioned
What you said was true. It was, nevertheless, a little unkind.

for this reason
Things happen for a reason
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used when giving a good reason for doing something
The river has flooded, and for this reason the bridge is closed.

likewise
Comparing similar ideas. These words and phrases tell the reader how to things are similar: likewise, similarly, also, in the same way, equally.
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in the same way
The meat was delicious. Likewise, the aubergine was excellent.

in conclusion
... and in conclusion I restate my main points in a super wordy fashion to squeeze another paragraph out of this paper.
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used in a piece of writing or a speech to show that you are about to finish what you are saying
In conclusion, I would like to say how much I have enjoyed myself today.

play devil's advocate
to present a counter-argument
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to pretend to disagree with someone in order to have a good discussion about something
To play devil’s advocate for a moment, what if the factory did close?

speak your mind
Speak your mind but let your heart do the talking
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to tell people exactly what you think, even if it offends them
He was a tough politician who wasn’t afraid to speak his mind.

sit on the fence
When a person does not take sides in an argument or is hesitant to choose between two sides in a dispute (in order to remain neutral).
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to avoid saying which side of an argument you support
Stop sitting on the fence and tell us what you really think!

beat about the bush
To avoid answering a question; to stall; to waste time.
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to avoid or delay talking about something embarrassing or unpleasant
Don’t beat around the bush. Ask for your account to be paid, and paid quickly.

innate talent
If you are not improving, it's not because you lack innate talent. It's because you're not practicing the right way.
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an innate talent is one you are born with
Children have an innate talent for learning languages.

put success down to
If you keep blaming something or someone else for your problems, you will never learn why problems come your way.
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to think that a success is caused by something else
I put the team’s success down to good management.

lifelong passion
The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.
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a very strong liking for something, that has lasted all someone’s life
Gardening was her lifelong passion.

academically gifted
Academically and intellectually gifted.
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concerned with studying from books, as opposed to practical work
Are some people born academically gifted?

artistically gifted
We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.
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having a natural ability to do one or more things relating to art or culture extremely well
Opinion about how artistically gifted he was has been mixed.

physically gifted
I'm not as physically gifted as some of the other guys. I can't jump like Hassan (Adams), but I try to play smart.
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having a natural physical ability to do one or more things extremely well
He was a physically gifted gymnast.

inherit
What traits did you inherit from your parents?
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to have the same character or appearance as your parents
I inherited my father’s curly hair.

trait
Big five personality traits: open, extroverted, conscientious, stable, agreeable.
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a particular quality in someone’s character
His most noticeable trait was his charm.

shape
It takes a big heart to shape little minds
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to influence something such as a belief, opinion etc and make it develop in a particular way
People’s political beliefs are shaped by what they see in the papers.


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