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Common vocab — List of words and collocations

a degree of smth (n)
a drop in the ocean
a no-brainer (n)
adequate (adj)
adorable (adj)
ask around
awareness of (n)
be far from
be into smth
cut back on
detest (v)
disgusting (adj)
dog's life
egregious (adj)
enticing (adj)
explicitly (adv)
extensive (adj)
far-fetched (adj)
fascinating (adj)
get along [with someone]
get rid of
give or take
give up (v)
go for smth
goes without saying
have a spring in your step
have the time of smb life
heatedly debated
household name
inevitably (adv)
is not rocket science
let alone
ludicrous (adj)
necessity (n)
neglect (v)
next to nothing
objective [of smth] (n)
off-putting
pie in the sky
plethora of (n)
possess (v)
quantify (v)
reign supreme (v)
roughly (adv)
see eye to eye on smth
sink or swim
substantive (adj)
ubiquitous (adj)
under the microscope
utilize (v)
vital (adj)

Common vocab — Explanations & Examples

Idioms and collocations
#446
a degree of smth (n) — a certain level or amount of smth (to a degree = to an extent)
Freelancers can encounter a degree of isolation.

General
Idioms and collocations
#419
a drop in the ocean — a very small amount compared with what's needed
They launch some good campaigns to protect the environment, but it is still a drop in the ocean.

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Idioms and collocations
#430
a no-brainer (n) — easy decision (informal)
It was cheaper and closer to the beach, so it was a no-brainer that we chose this apartment.

General
#473
adequate (adj) — satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity (enough or appropriate)
I believe that in the nearest future we'll be able to find solar panels at an adequate price.

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#410
adorable (adj) — cute, charming, lovely (usually for people and animals)
Children always love these cute and adorable puppies and kittens.

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Idioms and collocations
#405
ask around — enquire of different people about something
If you ask around, I'm sure 90% of people will say this.

General
#333
awareness of (n) — having knowledge about
Governments should support campaigns which rise awareness of the dangers of sedentary lifestyle.

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Idioms and collocations
#403
be far from — not at all
However, I was far from disappointed, the weather was fantastic!

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Idioms and collocations
#424
be into smth — like very much or to be interested in
I'm really into traveling, I can't stay at home more then six month.

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Idioms and collocations
#406
cut back on — reduce smth
I usually try to cut back on nonessential expenses.

General
#409
detest (v) — dislike intensely (for everything, not only for food)
I truly detest fast food, especially burgers.

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#393
disgusting (adj) — extremely unpleasant, bad, terrible
I don't like when people smell the disgusting smells of cigarettes!

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Idioms and collocations
#345
dog's life — a very unhappy and difficult life
My friend told me he led a dog's life in the army.

General
#551
egregious (adj) — outstanding (most usually in a negative fashion)
It was probably the most egregious error in my life.

General
#408
enticing (adj) — attractive
It was a really enticing opportunity.

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#570
explicitly (adv) — in a clear and detailed manner, leaving no room for confusion or doubt
I believe banks should describe explicitly how much a client will pay for their credit.

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#347
extensive (adj) — covering or affecting a large area; big and wide
There was an extensive garden near the house.

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#382
far-fetched (adj) — implausible, impossible to believe, unnatural
I have a theory, but it might sound a bit far-fetched.

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#392
fascinating (adj) — very good, charming, impressive
She's a fascinating person.

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Idioms and collocations
#426
get along [with someone] — when people enjoy each other's company and don't have big hassles
I have always gotten along with my fellow colleagues.

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Idioms and collocations
#505
get rid of — remove something that you do not want any longer
I was very relieved when we got rid of this unnecessary stuff.

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Idioms and collocations
#503
give or take — more or less (or apart from smth)
(1) Five thousand people came, give or take a few hundred. (2) The result will be published in 3 hours, give or take.

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Idioms and collocations
#428
give up (v) — stop trying
Sports teaches children not to give up.

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Idioms and collocations
#429
go for smth — prefer smth, choose smth
In such cases I always try to go for quality instead of quantity.

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Idioms and collocations
#399
goes without saying — is clear without being said
Of course, it goes without saying that people should be paid for the extra hours they work.

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Idioms and collocations
#566
have a spring in your step — have enthusiasm, energy or a positive outlook or cheerful attitude
He is always positive and has a spring in his step, everybody just love him.

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Idioms and collocations
#344
have the time of smb life — have a wonderful time
I had the time of my life on that holidays.

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Idioms and collocations
#422
heatedly debated — it was an angry discussion
This question has been heatedly debated for the last decade.

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Idioms and collocations
#342
household name — something everyone knows
Nike has become a household name.

General
#372
inevitably (adv) — impossible to avoid or prevent
Being on the beach at noon without sun protection inevitably leads to sunburn.

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Idioms and collocations
#337
is not rocket science — is not difficult to understand
Getting in good shape is not rocket science, it's just about regular physical exercise.

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Idioms and collocations
#522
let alone — to say nothing of; not to mention (to emphasize the improbability of a contrasting example); moreover
I don't have enough money for a new smartphone, let alone a new car.

General
#439
ludicrous (adj) — ridiculous; absurd
It is ludicrous that some people like watching ads on TV.

General
#434
necessity (n) — smth that is required
Being a patient person is a necessity if you have children.

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#340
neglect (v) — to disuse, to ignore
We should not neglect to follow these simple rules to protect our environment.

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Idioms and collocations
#539
next to nothing — almost nothing
It says a lot about our society that teachers get paid next to nothing while some celebrities do next to nothing and get paid millions.

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#440
objective [of smth] (n) — goal
The objective of 100% clean energy can be achieved only in coordination with the government.

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#363
off-putting — unpleasant; makes you feel you don't wanna get involved again
The staff was slightly aggressive, which I find very off-putting.

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Idioms and collocations
#504
pie in the sky — impossible/unlikely idea or plan;
Ideally what I would like to see would be free sport activities, but I guess that's a bit pie in the sky at the moment.

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#574
plethora of (n) — a lot of
Today, there are plethora of ways to study computer programming.

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#431
possess (v) — have
I believe that any person should possess a sense of humour.

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#573
quantify (v) — to measure or judge the size or amount of smth
It is difficult to quantify happiness.

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Idioms and collocations
#592
reign supreme (v) — is the most important or powerful element in a situation or period of time
These days, Google reigns supreme as a search engine on the Internet.

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#532
roughly (adv) — approximately
Her shoes matched the dress, and made her roughly six feet tall.

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Idioms and collocations
#425
see eye to eye on smth — agree on something and have one point of view
Different camps of scientists do not see eye to eye on the issue of climate change.

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Idioms and collocations
#514
sink or swim — you succeed or fail completely by your own efforts
When we started the business, it was sink or swim.

General
#572
substantive (adj) — having real importance or value
There is no substantive evidence for the efficacy of these drugs.

General
#438
ubiquitous (adj) — found everywhere
Electric cars haven't become ubiquitous yet, but I believe this will happen in the nearest future.

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Idioms and collocations
#423
under the microscope — being watched and examined very carefully
The whole transportation system should be put under the microscope before the modernization.

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#435
utilize (v) — make use of
I believe that alternative energy sources such as wind power might be utilized more effectively.

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Idioms and collocations
#433
vital (adj) — essential; absolutely necessary or important
It is vital that people pay more attention to the pollution issues now.

General