Interesting expressions and words

sidetrack verb [ T usually passive ]

UK /ˈsaɪd.træk/ US /ˈsaɪd.træk/


to direct a person’s attention away from an activity or subject towards another one that is less important:

Ruth was looking for an envelope in a drawer when she was sidetracked by someold letters.
The students sidetracked their teacher into talking about her hobby.
I’m sorry I’m late — I got sidetracked.

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1) bunting noun [ U ]

UK /ˈbʌn.tɪŋ/ US /ˈbʌn.t̬ɪŋ/

rows of brightly coloured small flags or pieces of cloth that are hungacross roads or above a stage as decoration for special occasions

2) pasting table

3) by/from all accounts

C1 as said by most people:

By all accounts, San Francisco is a city that’s easy to fall in love with.

4) tang noun [ S ]

UK /tæŋ/ US /tæŋ/

a strong, sharp taste or smell:

the tang of the sea air

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stack noun [ C ]

UK /stæk/ US /stæk/

stack noun [ C ] (PILE)


UK /əˈlɒt.mənt/ US /əˈlɑːt.mənt/

allotment noun (GROUND)

[ C ] uk a small piece of ground in or just outside a town that a personrents for growing vegetables, fruits, or flowers

a pile of things arranged one on top of another:

He chose a cartoon from the stack of DVDs on the shelf.

wheelbarrow noun [ C ]

UK /ˈwiːlˌbær.əʊ/ US /ˈwiːlˌber.oʊ/ also barrow


a large, open container for moving things in with a wheel at the frontand two handles at the back, used especially in the garden

trundle verb

UK /ˈtrʌn.dəl/ US /ˈtrʌn.dəl/


[ I or T, usually + adv/prep ](to cause something) to move slowly on wheels:

She trundled the wheelbarrow down the path.
Hundreds of trucks full of fruit and vegetables trundle across the border each day.

mangetout noun [ C usually plural ]

UK /ˌmɑːnʒˈtuː/ US /ˌmɑːnʒˈtuː/ uk us snow pea

prop sth up

phrasal verb with prop UK /prɒp/ US /prɑːp/ verb [ T + adv/prep ]-pp-


to lift and give support to something by putting something under it:

He was sitting upright in his hospital bed, propped up by pillows.
There were the usual bunch of drinkers propped up at (= leaning against) the bar.

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1) plonk verb

UK /plɒŋk/ US /plɑːŋk(PUT DOWN)

[ I or T, usually + adv/prep ] mainly uk us usually plunkto put something downheavily and without taking care:

Just plonk the shopping (down) on the table, and come and have a cup of tea.
Come in and plonk yourselves (down) (= sit down) anywhere you like.

2) malnourished adjective

UK /ˌmælˈnʌr.ɪʃt/ US /ˌmælˈnɝː.ɪʃt/

5) pucker verb [ I or T ]

UK /ˈpʌk.ər/ US /ˈpʌk.ɚ/ also pucker up

He puckered his lips and kissed her.

6) tuck sb in  phrasal verb with tuck UK /tʌk/ US /tʌk/ verb [ T usually + adv/prep]

to make someone comfortable in bed, especially a child, by arrangingthe covers around them:

Daddy, if I go to bed now will you tuck me in?


UK /ˈfʌs.ti/ US /ˈfʌs.ti/ disapproving

7) fusty adjective (SMELL)  not fresh and smelling unpleasant especially because of being leftslightly wet:This room smells slightly fusty — I think I’ll open a window.