Innovations Upper-Intermediate - A Course in Natural English UNIT 1

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mumble to yourself
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[reporting verb] say something indistinctly and quietly, making it difficult for others to hear:[with object]: he mumbled something she didn't catch [with direct speech]:‘Sorry,’ she mumbled
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noun informal a foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious: I was a serious nerd until I discovered girls and cars * a single-minded expert in a particular technical field: a computer nerd
never lift a finger
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* Email * Cite * Text size: A * A Print options: Example sentencesSynonymsCategories lift(lift) Line-break: * On * Off Pronunciation:/lɪft/ verb * 1 [with object] raise to a higher position or level: he lifted his trophy over his head * move (one's eyes or face) to face upwards and look at someone or something: he lifted his eyes for an instant * [no object] move upwards; be raised: Thomas's eyelids drowsily lifted * [no object] (of a cloud, fog, etc.) move upwards or away: the factory smoke hun
obsessed with sth
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verb [with object] * preoccupy or fill the mind of (someone) continually and to a troubling extent: he was obsessed with the idea of revenge I became more and more obsessed by him * [no object] be constantly talking or worrying about something: her husband, who is obsessing about the wrong she has done him
on and off
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intermittently: it rained on and off most of the afternoon
pain in the arse
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also pain in the neck or vulgar slang arse) informal an annoying or tedious person or thing: she's a pain
party animal
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[with adjective or noun modifier] a particular type of person or thing: a regular party animal I am a political animal
pick on
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repeatedly single (someone) out for criticism or unkind treatment in a way perceived to be unfair
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verb [with object] 1 assign to a particular category, typically an overly restrictive one: I was pigeonholed as a ‘youth writer’ 2 put (a document) in a pigeonhole -put aside for future consideration: she pigeonholed her worry about him

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