September 2012 FCE

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grabić, łupić
The thieves got a lot of loot in the robbery.  He told his wife where the loot was hidden. /lut/
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syrena (w bajce)
Science has found no evidence that mermaids exist, a US government scientific agency has said. /ˈmɜrˌmeɪd/
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ustalić położenie, dokładnie określić
Hard to pinpoint the source. She felt a pressure from inside, but she could not pinpoint what was wrong. /ˈpɪnˌpɔɪnt/
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kłuć, nakłuwać, przekłuwać
Her daughter described the needle prick as feeling like a bee sting, Smith said. /prɪk/
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denerwować się, wiercić się, kręcić się
Baby, the more you fidget, the longer it takes. Gomez replied that it was nothing and began to fidget, looking back and forth. /ˈfɪdʒɪt/
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godność, powaga
She showed dignity in defeat. They gave him a ceremony and the dignity he deserved. /ˈdɪgnɪti/
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okłamywać, oszukiwać, zwodzić
Her parents punished her for trying to deceive them. He was accused of deceiving the customer about the condition of the car. /dɪˈsiv/
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wilgotny (np. o ubraniach, szmatce)
The clothes are still damp. The boxes were left outside in the damp. /dæmp/
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As soon as they learned of his arrest, the media vultures started circling. /ˈvʌltʃər/
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zdzierać (coś), zdejmować (coś), demontować, rozbierać się
They stripped the wallpaper off the wall. He stripped in front of her. /strɪp/
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kaprys, zachcianka, grymas
It's hard to predict voters' whims. In the executive offices, you can say what's on your mind and fire people at whim. /wɪm/
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I chained the door to the roof with a padlock. /ˈpædˌlɒk/
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rozpędzić, rozwiać (np. pogląd)
This report should dispel any doubts you have about the plan. The wind dispelled all the clouds. /dɪˈspɛl/
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nie uiścić należności, nie wywiązać się, nie dotrzymać obietnicy
Some have defaulted on private student loans, too. He defaulted on $12,000 in federally backed loans in 2009. /dɪˈfɔlt/
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narzucony, wymuszony, nałożony
I needed to break free from the limits imposed by my own fear of failure. The judge imposed a life sentence. /ɪmˈpoʊz/
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daremny, próżny (np. trud)
All our efforts proved futile. Trying to find the winners is futile if victory is determined largely by luck. /ˈfyutaɪl/
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wymierzać, zadawać (np. karę, ból)
These insects are capable of inflicting a painful sting. The need to return the pain inflicted upon him. /ɪnˈflɪkt/
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spawać, spajać, zespolić
There are faults in every piece of weld. You can weld two pieces of metal. /wɛld/
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spotkanie, zetknięcie, napotkać
Traveling through the sands of Sahara we can encounter Bedouin camps. We've just had a very strange encounter with a civil servant! /ɛnˈkaʊntər/
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zwariowany, stuknięty, szurnięty
I think you're nuts.
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udar słoneczny
Come inside, Tim, before you get sunstroke! Numerous casualties are caused by sunstroke on either side. /ˈsʌnˌstroʊk/
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ława przysięgłych, jury
Serving on a criminal jury exposes one to unpleasant realities about the legal system and human nature. /ˈdʒʊəri
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przechadzać się
She strolled happily through the dark streets of Brighton. They had been strolling along, but now they stopped. /stroʊl/
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lista, zestawienie (wydatków, przychodów
They keep tally on what's theirs and what's not because they have learned to count. /ˈtæli/
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pień (drzewa po zetnięciu), kikut (kończyny), niedopałek (papierosa)
There are three ways to stump: you can ask someone a question they can't answer, you can travel making political speeches, or you can stomp. /stʌmp/
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hańba, wstyd
He felt he had disgraced himself by failing at school. That worthy tradition has been disgraced over the past three weeks. /dɪsˈgreɪs/
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szpula, zwój
If you found dozens of reels of old home movies in your grandparents' attic, you'd search for a projector. /ril/
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twardy, stanowczy, niewzruszony
If you stubbornly refuse to change your mind about something, you are adamant about it. We've tried to talk him into coming with us, but he's adamant about staying here. /ˈædəmənt/
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bajka (o zwierzętach), przypowieść
The first link provides the fable and moral of the story. Perhaps they're part fable, perhaps their part fantasy. /ˈfeɪbəl/
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Do you know any Russian proverbs? It is a popular English proverb. /ˈproʊˌvɜrb/
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ogromny, niezmierny, olbrzymi, wielki, bezgraniczny
In earlier days such a plan would have generated immense interest and large political waves. /ɪˈmɛns/
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udoskonalić (umiejętność), doprowadzić do perfekcji
From time to time he pauses to hone his curved steel blade on the stone he keeps in a belt pouch. /hoʊn/
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The hotel also boasts a fine-dining restaurant on its premises and picturesque scenery on the grounds of the hotel. /ˌpɪktʃəˈrɛsk/
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adresat (listu), odbiorca (np. nagrody)
When the recipient opens the email, the first thing they see is their own name spelled wrong. Then the receiver lateraled the ball, and the recipient lateraled it again. /rɪˈsɪpiənt/
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święty; religijny, sakralny; poświęcony
Something sacred is holy, devoted to a religious ceremony, or simply worthy of awe and respect. /ˈseɪkrɪd/
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oznaczenie, znak, oznaka, przejaw, objaw
The tooth evidence provided no clear indication for either meat-eating or omnivorous habits. /ˌɪndɪˈkeɪʃən/
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wykroczenie; obraza
It was a gross offence. Historians might take some offence at having their subject treated with such cavalier disregard for reality. /əˈfɛns/
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sprecyzowany (np. czas, odległość), określony (np. porządek)
The mental structure is even less determinate than the bodily. <a determinate order of succession to the throne> /dɪˈtɜrmənɪt/
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podsumowanie, streszczenie
Susan, can you get the summary of today's meeting ready by five? It's not the entire report, it's just a summary. /ˈsʌməri/
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nakaz sądowy, upoważnienie, uprawnienie; gwarantować, ręczyć
The police had a warrant for his arrest. There was no warrant for such behavior. /ˈwɔrənt/
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szkaradny, ohydny
The room was filled with hideous furniture. <the hideous way in which she treated her maid after she discovered her ring was missing> /ˈhɪdiəs/
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przyszły, nadchodzący (np. o wyborach)
Additional information about each agency is forthcoming. /ˈfɔrθˈkʌmɪŋ/
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atakować, zaatakować (np. wszy, chwasty)
<we called in an exterminator because the house was infested with ants> The verb infest means to invade in large number, often and causing damage. /ɪnˈfɛst/
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zauroczony, zadurzony
And when you're infatuated, you sometimes can't think straight. She's infatuated by a guy who may be dead, and who certainly isn't a good boyfriend either way.  /v. ɪnˈfætʃuˌeɪt; adj., n. ɪnˈfætʃuɪt/
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utopić się, utonąć, zanurzyć
He would have drowned if he hadn't had a life jacket. /draʊn/
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kółko zębate, trybik
In the new organization, the worker is no longer a cog in the machine but is an intelligent part of the overall process. /kɒg/
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obrazowy, sugestywny (np. opis, wspomnienie), bujny (wyobraźnia)
It is one of my most vivid memories. He had a vivid imagination. Vivid is an adjective that describes a bold and bright color, an intense feeling, or an image in your mind that is so clear you can almost touch it. /ˈvɪvɪd/
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fakt, okoliczność
I can't imagine a circumstance in which I would do that. The circumstances of his death are suspicious. /ˈsɜrkəmˌstæns/
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They are kind and hospitable. She was just trying to be hospitable. The people of that country are very hospitable. /ˈhɒspɪtəbəl/
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