December 12, 2019

Unit 6

  1. "What kept you so long?" he snapped at his secretary. (speak in a sharp voice)
  2. The old peasant's hands were covered with terrible sores. (painful, diseased spot)
  3. When the anguish of parting was over, her departure became a relief to her sisters. (pain; agony)
  4. The teacher was criticized for being too lenient both in his marking of homework and in his treatment of offenders. (not strict)
  5. These days I find it difficult to keep abreast of new developments in science and technology. (up-to-date)
  6. Since you have been to Russia a number of times you should be in a position to give the lowdown on Russian life. (actual facts; inside information)
  7. He drank moodily in a pub the day he lost his job. (unhappily; depressedly)
  8. Whenever she came home late, her mother would cross-examine her about where she had spent the evening. (question in great detail)
  9. At dusk we passed by some peasants shambling home from the market. (shuffle; walk awkwardly with dragging feet)
  10. He rejected our proposal with a whole constellation of reasons. (group of similar things)
  11. The driver applied the drakes abruptly at the sight of a dog running across the road. (suddenly)
  12. Many American politicians only have a nebulous notion of what has happened in Tibet since 1951. (indistinct; vague)
  13. The country officials were summoned to report on a recent clash between the police and the farmers. (order to come; send for)
  14. He held up the rifle and squinted as he took aim. (look with one’s eyes partly closed)
  15. Most visitors disliked the variegated hues of the buildings in my hometown. (marked with different colors)
  16. We should defer judgement on the matter until all details are made known. (postpone; delay until a later time)
  17. We heard the squeal of pigs a long way from their new pigsties. (a shrill sharp somewhat prolonged cry)
  18. His illness occasioned much mental turmoil in his office and the adjoining library. (next to each other; neighboring)
  19. He had learned from that scene in the manager's office with Frank long ago. (display of strong feeling)
  20. The plot of the novel is terribly involved. (complicated)

Unit 7

  1. Guangdong Tourism Bureau has an office in the opulent district of London. (having signs of great wealth)
  2. She would be attractive if she did not wear such gaudy jewelry. (bright and showy but lacking in good taste)
  3. The prisoner remained impassive throughout the trial. (showing no sign of feeling)
  4. They were loitering outside the shop as if waiting for someone. (move about with frequent stops; stand about idly)
  5. In those days few women had the audacity to wear earrings and necklaces. (reckless boldness)
  6. We deposited our heavy luggage at the railway station and went sightseeing in the city. (put, place, set down)
  7. The nun packed all her apparel in one small suitcase. (clothes, garments)
  8. You are looking very spruce today. (neat and smart)
  9. His behavior is above reproach. (blame, reprimand)
  10. Many children slouch because they lack self-confidence. (walk with head and shoulders bending forward)
  11. The mountaineers looked up wistfully at the summit as they started to return to their camp. (longingly)
  12. Due to merciless hunting, many animal species have been destroyed. (pitiless)
  13. There is no denying that some Japanese politicians and generals entertain thoughts of revenge. (hold in the mind)
  14. He was admired for his deft handling of the situation. (skillful)
  15. The boss expected subservience from his foreign employees. (servility, submissiveness)
  16. The coach was both strict and kind with his recruits - all simple, earthy girls from the countryside. (open and direct, unaffected)
  17. The press paid a high tribute to his ability. (praise)
  18. She looked at the untidy room with distaste. (dislike, aversion)
  19. He was apologetic about breaking promises. (feeling or showing regret)
  20. I have long avoided the bustle of the flower market on the eve of the lunar New Year. (busy, noisy activity)
  21. The city was in great chaos after the earthquake. (complete disorder)
  22. As the vice-minister in charge of petsonnel mounted the floor, an expectant hush fell on the gathering. (stillness, silence)

Unit 8

  1. George stalked out of the room, slamming the door behind him. (walk in a stiff or angry manner)
  2. Forgetting his lines greatly disconcerted the actor. (disturb the composure or, embarrass)
  3. She twitched his sleeve to remind him that he was boring the audience. (give a little pull or jerk)
  4. The guard brandished his club at the intruders. (wave threateningly)
  5. The job interview made me a nervous wreck. (a person of ruined health)
  6. Hosting that international gathering was quite a feat. (a very difficult thing to do, an act that shows great skills)
  7. The doctor recounted his achievements and setbacks in Africa. (tell in detail)
  8. In his effort to correct the situation, he was nonplused by the stupidity of his assistants. (surprise or puzzle greatly)
  9. The old man lumbered upstairs looking for the reading room. (move heavily and clumsily)
  10. The horse whisked its tail to drive away the flies. (move quickly through the air with a light sweeping movement)
  11. She was dazzled by the gorgeous jewels lying upon every shelf. (beautiful, richly colorful)
  12. I am making little headway with this problem. (progress)
  13. Some people will never condescend to help their wives with the housework. (do something that one regards as undignified or below one’s level of importance)
  14. Their communications system was rudimentary. (basic, elementary, undeveloped)
  15. He recovered consciousness when water was dashed in his face. (splash violently, strike forcefully)
  16. They fought this war out of a quaint sense of honor. (highly inappropriate or illogical, unreasonable)
  17. There was something in the clear, pine-scented air that seemed to bring him back his ardor for life. (enthusiasm)
  18. The whole building vibrates whenever a heavy lorry passes. (shake)
  19. He was so intent on reading that he did not hear me. (occupied in doing something with great concentration)
  20. We saw an absorbing opera the other day. (extremely interesting)