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derelict: abandoned, in a very poor condition; shamefully negligent of one's duties or obligations; homeless

Five new homes are set to be built on derelict land behind a Wolverhampton petrol station after plans were given the go-ahead.

atone: If you atone for something that you have done, you do something to show that you are sorry you did it.

atone for a crime

valiant: very brave or determined
 

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grow a pair: (vulgar, idiomatic) To be brave; to show some courage, especially in a situation in which one has so far failed to do so.

Stop being afraid and grow a pair, I trust you to do the right thing.


put one's foot down: adopt a firm policy when faced with opposition or disobedience.

She wanted to be able to find a new rental, but Kody put his foot down and bought a house instead.
You'd better put your foot down before those kids get completely out of control.


Take it upon/on oneself: to do something that needs to be done even though no one has asked one to do it, to decide to do something even though it is not one's responsibility.

If a store doesn't have those markers, take it upon yourself to keep a safe distance from an employee who is helping you.
He felt the call wasn't being answered fast enough by the White House, he decided to take it upon himself and his office to find a solution.
 

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side hustle: employment undertaken in addition to one's full-time job.

If you are qualified, or just enjoy passing your knowledge onto others, coaching and teaching via video call could be a great side hustle for you.

The “side hustle” has become a way of life for many. According to CNN, more than 44 million people have some sort of side job they work to earn extra money.
 

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visceral: adj. Visceral feelings are feelings that you feel very deeply and find it difficult to control or ignore, and that are not the result of thought.

a visceral reaction
By inspiring your audience and unleashing a visceral, emotional response, your message will be effective.


vernacular: language or dialect widely spoken by ordinary people in a region or country; native

The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers.
 

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sweltering: hot and humid, sultry

In sweltering heat, protesters gathered and blocked streets far and wide, stranding public transportation in the meantime.
Aside from the sweltering daytime heat and the freezing night-time temperatures, the biggest problem for folks living in desert regions is finding sources of water.

matinee: an afternoon performance of a play, film, etc.

Leicester Square is still the perfect place to catch an afternoon matinee followed by a cappuccino and gossip in one of the many pavement cafes
 

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To top it (all) off: to add something else unusually good or bad to a situation that is already unusual.

live under a rock: used to describe a person who doesn't know something any “normal” human being is supposed to know, usually in relation to some recent events.

If you don't know what TikTok is you either live under a rock or you've decided to socially distance yourself from the Internet.
 

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write something (or someone) off: dismiss someone or something as insignificant, to give up on someone or something as a dead loss, waste of time, hopeless case.
 

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weather the storm: to be able to continue doing something despite serious problems.

While it is never fun to see the industry enter a downturn, I have learned that this can actually be a very productive period for the smart companies that know how to weather the storm.
 

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Champagne wishes and caviar dreams: Luxury lifestyle that's neither practical nor obtainable.

pencil in: to put sb/sth on a schedule or list.

Slot machines, blackjack, marquee shows and dinners at the hottest restaurants were penciled in. By the third day of their trip, though, Huerta says she and her husband had run out of spending money, which meant her champagne wishes and caviar dreams had vanished like a desert mirage.
 

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on the side: 1. in addition to your main job: 2. secretly.

He makes a little money on the side by cleaning windows in his spare time.
 

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ingratiate: to do things in order to make sb like you, especially sb who will be useful to you.

He tried to ingratiate himself with his girlfriend.
The cartels are known to work to ingratiate themselves with the poor residents living where they base their bloody operations.

tribulation: great trouble or suffering

His time of tribulation was just beginning.

travesty: a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something.
The trial was a travesty of justice.
 

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ornery: bad-tempered and difficult to deal with.

titular: having a particular title or status but no real power or authority

He is titular head, and merely signs laws occasionally.

mind-numbing: very boring
 

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arrhythmia: a heartbeat problem, heart beats too quickly, too slowly, or irregularly.

cheeky: rude in an amusing or an annoying way

They admire his energetic, can-do approach to governing, his austere personal habits, his left-wing rhetoric and his cheeky sense of humor.

hearty: strong, healthy, cheerful, wholesome

hale: (especially of an old person) strong and healthy

conjecture: n. conclusion based on information that's not certain or complete. v. guess, speculate.
That was a conjecture, not a fact.
 

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prate: talk foolishly; foolish talk, chatter

shaggy: (hair, fur, etc) long and untidy.

I was starting to get shaggy after several weeks of barber shops being on mandatory shutdown.

My hair is so shaggy and I've been chopping it off now and again. I am terrible at such things but I have been in lock down and quarantine since Apr. 6th, with no let up in sight.
 

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delectable: delicious, very beautiful or attractive

Each episode is filled with enticing food that'll inspire you to create your own delectable dishes.
 

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on the cusp. phrase. If you say that someone or something is on the cusp, you mean they are between two states, or are about to be in a particular state.

I am sitting on the cusp of middle age.

The final third of this match was nothing short of spectacular and Rollins looked on the cusp of winning on several occasions.
 

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bad hair day: a day when everything is going bad. It has nothing to do with how one's hair really is, it's just that everything is going wrong.
 

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knock-off: a copy or imitation, especially of an expensive product.

top-up: a payment that you make to increase the amount of money.

He sold her a knock-off watch and the two became close when he chased her for top-up payments.

snooty: treating people as if they are not as good or as important as you.

sourpuss: a person who is not cheerful or pleasant.
 

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lump it: to accept sth unpleasant because there's no other choice

That's the situation— like it or lump it!
I'm sorry you're not happy about it but you'll just have to lump it.
 

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The term "involuntary celibate" (shortened to "incel") refers to self-identifying members of an online subculture based around the inability to find a romantic or sexual partner despite desiring one, a state they describe as "inceldom" or "incelibacy".
 

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knock it off: stop doing sth, shut up.

square off: to take a fighting stance : prepare to fight
 

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prance: to move quickly with exaggerated steps so that people will look at you.

The lead singer was prancing around with the microphone.
 

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be taken to task (by someone): To be scolded, rebuked, reprimanded, or held accountable (by someone).

I was taken to task by the headmaster for disrupting class again.

It's not entirely fair that the bankers are the only ones being taken to task for the economic collapse, when a great many politicians are to blame as well.
 

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hit a snag: encounter a problem or obstacle

Construction has hit a snag...a big one called COVID-19. Construction on Cascades Casino has stopped, and won't start anytime soon.
GM hit a snag in its production of medical face masks when it came to sanitizing them. That's when the Red Wings and two other NHL teams stepped in.
Obviously, we hit a snag because of the coronavirus; we had to take a step back. But we're in stages where it is definitely progressing.”

cool beans: great, wow, a humorous and lighthearted nonsense phrase indicating approval or mild excitement.
 
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