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TOEFL Vocab: English Idioms

Subjects : toefl, english, vocabulary
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1. Be dismissed from your job

2. Give something a new start

3. Be unacceptable

4. New

5. Dishonestly use your position to get money for yourself

6. Something that makes a good thing even better

7. Money in form of cash or notes - not a cheque or credit card

8. Has little or no value

9. Immediately

10. Cry a lot (informal)

11. Start to listen carefully

12. Understanding the importance of something

13. Come to a natural end

14. People that you don't know or think are not important

15. Something that happens only once

16. A debt that one owes someone for moral rather than financial reason

17. Become sensible/ reasonable

18. Argue violently all the time

19. Gained a better position - or more money - than before

20. Be extreme

21. Stop being lazy (very informal)

22. Recieve strong criticism

23. Take action to get something into a good condition

24. Use the power his (manager) position gives him to make them (employees) do something

25. To sneer; show disrespect

26. Become famous or respected for

27. Sleep (informal)

28. To immediately like something/someone

29. Doing something extremely well - better than they had hoped

30. Delay making a decision when they have to choose between two different options in a dispute

31. Understand something

32. Accept your low position within society without trying to improve it

33. Do something careless or stupid

34. A necessary part of an event or experience which cannot be avoided

35. Very angry

36. Control something firmly and effectively

37. To limit someone's freedom

38. Lose his job

39. Surprise them with something difficult or unpleasant to deal with

40. Hard - boring work

41. Failed completely

42. Suddenly understanding something

43. Pretend to be in a weaker or stronger position than is really the case

44. Very pleased with oneself (informal - usually collocates with 'look' - 'grin' or 'smile')

45. To be the most important or noticeable thing or person

46. Say something accidentally which upsets or embarrasses someone

47. Used informally to describe something the speaker finds very annoying

48. Remembering the past nostalgically

49. Enthusiasm for adventurous activities

50. Has just finished or sold all its supply