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04 July 2012

Before listening to the news, look up the meaning of the following words in a dictionary.
a payoff, rate-fixing / rate-rigging / to rig something, to avert something / to avert the risk of, hysteria, to nudge / to give a nudge to, wreckage, ashore, intact
  • 04-07-12

17 May 2012

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austerity, a star-studded team, to nail something , estranged (wife)
  • 17-05-12

08 May 2012

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overriding (adj), daunting (adj), deficit (n) , elusive (adj)
  • 08-05-12

02 May 2012

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a plane touches down, an insurgent, leave someone in the lurch, a compound
  • 02-05-12

25 April 2012

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immune system, sand dune
  • 25-04-12

18 April 2012

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rationing, revive (the economy) , cross-examination, profiteering, penalise, a figment of (one's) imagination, call off a strike , ideology
  • 18-04-12

29 March 2012

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to bury something, intercept [phone calls], an elephant's trunk, to boast, coroner, watchdog, inquest
  • 29-03-12

22 March 2012

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fatality, prevalent, paw
  • 22-03-12

15 March 2012

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literacy, civil partnerships, phonics, extradition treaty
  • 15-03-12

08 March 2012

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death toll, jam-packed
  • 08-03-12

01 March 2012

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glean (v), heartthrob (n), tow (v), stricken (adj)
  • 01-03-12

22 February 2012

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fraud
  • 22-02-12

15 February 2012

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stunt, be in custody, landline
  • 15-02-12

09 February 2012

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annuity, rhino, tranquilizer
  • 09-02-12

08 February 2012

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a backlog, to claim benefits
  • 08-02-12

20 January 2012

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work-related benefits, claimant
  • 20-01-12

12 January 2012

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whiplash, claimant, breast implants
  • 12-01-12

24 November 2011

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strike (v, n), creche (n)
  • 24-11-11

10 November 2011

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flack (n), engulfed (adj), vulnerable (adj), unscathed (adj)
  • 10-11-11

03 November 2011

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custody
  • 03-11-11

26 October 2011

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underperform, inquest, dismissal, meerkat, to get the sack
  • 26-10-11

19 October 2011

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perks,
  • 19-10-11

15 June 2011

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pledge, write (something) off, subsidiaries
  • 15-06-11

08 June 2011

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asylum seeker, ballot, ornithology, thwarted
  • 08-06-11

01 June 2011

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genocide, ingenuity
  • 01-06-11

25 May 2011

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vulnerable , vaccination
  • 25-05-11

18 May 2011

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audit , earmarked , loom over
  • 18-05-11

06 April 2011

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scrap (v), peace rally (n), default (n), step down (ph.v)
  • 06-04-11

30 March 2011

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detonator (n), convoy (n), air freight (n), in disarray (n) , hoax (n), bureaucratic (adj)
  • 30-03-11

23 March 2011

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  • 23-03-11

15 March 2011

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to go pear shaped, to set out plans, to step up a campaign, to take on the government, to be won over
  • 15-03-11

09 March 2011

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to brainwash someone, photosynthesis , to unveil something, belligerent, a walkout
  • 09-03-11

02 March 2011

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to mislead someone, an insurgency , to be hampered by something, to bounce back, reconciliation, a bursary, the Commons, blasphemy
  • 02-03-11

23 February 2011

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spending cuts, to scaremonger, a GP, a union, allergy, mediation, an NHS trust, a watchdog (e.g. health watchdog), to buy into something , a borehole
  • 23-02-11

07 December 2010

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side-effects, bail (n.), a cub, rape (a crime), troops, to plead guilty / not guilty
  • 07-12-10

30 November 2010

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picturesque, commuter, a bribe, something happens <b> thick and fast </b>, to be flawed, a parliamentary bill (n.), for the time being, an allegation, to devolve power, the nanny state, the NHS
  • 30-11-10

23 November 2010

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to cap immigration, to bail someone / something out, stampede, to make a pledge, to shore up an economy, to be trampled, to hammer out an agreement, a knock-on effect, blast, to make headway, general election, ferocious, to be left high and dry, electioneering
  • 23-11-10

16 November 2010

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a carer, to suffer from a <b> stroke </b> , to brace yourself for something bad, childhood, a bail out / to bail something out, stem cell, to spill over into something
  • 16-11-10

22 June 2010

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a ban, trans fats, to be washed up, to dot (e.g. around), a sham, a spouse, to grab, a womb, autism, a nomination, a bi-plane, to flip (over)
  • 22-06-10

21 June 2010

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a squad, to air (something), ministerial, a solstice, to usher, to axe (e.g. money)
  • 21-06-10

09 June 2010

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a sham, a spouse, to grab, a womb, autism, a nomination, a bi-plane, to flip (over)
  • 09-06-10

07 June 2010

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an incentive, a pilot (e.g. scheme), fly tipping, a hearing (in court), a loch, a boulder, to tumble, embers, a ballot, a sham, a spouse, to grab, a womb, autism, a nomination, a bi-plane, to flip (over)
  • 07-06-10

02 June 2010

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binge (drinking), booze, to siphon, to cap (something), an (oil) slick, to extradite, memorabilia, an auction
  • 02-06-10

27 May 2010

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a marine, to seize, a breach, a standoff, to infringe, biometric, to recoup, to postpone, a glockenspiel, a constituency, to tug
  • 27-05-10

20 May 2010

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a post mortem, to suffocate, to extradite, a curfew
  • 20-05-10

13 May 2010

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overtime, a (medical) disorder, traumatic, (a) laundering (operation), cereal
  • 13-05-10

06 May 2010

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an (oil) slick, a rig, a leak, a fleet, to ground (a flight), to bludgeon, forensic, battery (hens)
  • 06-05-10

22 April 2010

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a cruise liner, a veil, a refinery, a blast, an oil rig
  • 22-04-10

18 March 2010

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domicile, a peer, to boycott, to be under way, a pier
  • 18-03-10

11 March 2010

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a sticking point, robustly, a plea, to allege, to forfeit, a storey, a peer, a replica
  • 11-03-10

04 March 2010

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a shortfall, congenital, paediatric, to suspend (something), cardiac, refunds
  • 04-03-10

25 February 2010

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turbulent, drifting, an avalanche, a tank
  • 25-02-10

16 February 2010

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an epicentre, an insurgent, a hospice, gender, to plug (e.g. a hole), a collision, virtually
  • 16-02-10

11 February 2010

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to stall, to board (something) up, a turnout, a missionary, Baptist, behind bars, to steer, a ruling (by a judge)
  • 11-02-10

04 February 2010

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defective, to prescribe, lethal, a dose, a chalet, a case (in court), the stand (in a courtroom), to leak, to campaign (for something)
  • 04-02-10

28 January 2010

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to root (something in something), a bill (in parliament), a dumper, a truck, a squeeze
  • 28-01-10

21 January 2010

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remote, a plight, capacity, an orphanage, Parkinson's disease, suicide, to launch, to boost
  • 21-01-10

14 December 2009

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to get rid of, derisory, a row, a ballot, a strike, to scoop
  • 14-12-09

03 December 2009

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chancellor, condolence, to shed, freed, to stray, a prescription, to spot (e.g. an error)
  • 03-12-09

26 November 2009

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to shed light on (something), a regime, access, a cover-up, to suppress (something), to allege, a transfusion
  • 26-11-09

19 November 2009

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fraud, to tackle, front runner, a contender, conjoined (twins), vessels (in the body), tissue (in the body)
  • 19-11-09

11 November 2009

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a coffin, to repatriate, poignancy, a veteran, to pay one's respects, retention, indefinite, draconian (plans), a sniper
  • 11-11-09

05 November 2009

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a stroke, to pocket (something), a sledge, to don (something), an expedition
  • 05-11-09

29 October 2009

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an upswing, schizophrenia, cachet, a peer (in the House of Lords), a sanction, a constituency, to reoffend, intervention
  • 29-10-09

22 October 2009

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an expedition, to generate (something), a surrogate (e.g. mother), a womb
  • 22-10-09

15 October 2009

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a stroke, to pocket (something), a sledge, to don (something), an expedition
  • 15-10-09