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swan song

Swan_song

A final appearance or action.

Examples:

I watched a famous ballerina perform last night. It was her swan song.

Michael made his swan song speech at the meeting this morning.

lean on

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To rely on someone to help you or support you, especially in difficult times.

Examples:

Alison had nobody to lean on me when she was getting a divorce.

I know I can always lean on my sister when I am having trouble.

outgrow

Outgrow

To no longer be interested in something  – because you have changed or become older.

Examples:

Romantic movies are boring… I have outgrown them.

Children outgrow their toys very quickly.

gender

Gender

male or female

Examples:

In the US, it is illegal not to give someone a job because of their gender.

The gender of most firefighters is male.

frustrating

Frustrating

Making you feel annoyed or impatient because it is stopping you from doing what you want.

Examples:

My manager is so frustrating. She won’t let me change the way we order office supplies.

I find mathematics very frustrating – I never get the correct answer!

anxiety

Anxiety

The feeling of being very worried about something.

Examples:

At exam time, James always feels a lot of anxiety.

Anxiety is something we all experience, but some people worry more than others.

ridiculous

Ridiculus

A thing or situation that is very silly or crazy – often it is not possible.

Examples:

Your idea of moving to Germany to find work is ridiculous!  You don’t speak German.

This dress looks ridiculous on me!

priority

Priority

Something that is more important than all other things.

Examples:

Losing weight is my priority – I want to be more healthy.

If a task is not a priority in the office, it might not get done.

assume

Assume

To believe something, even if you do not know it is true.

Examples:

Never assume you know the correct answer.  Ask if you are unsure.

He assumed I had enough money to buy the house – that was very silly of him!

loggerheads

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To strongly disagree with someone.

Examples:

Andrew and I are at loggerheads over which car to buy. He wants a Mazda and I want a Honda.

India and Pakistan are at loggerheads over Kashmir.

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