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Vocabulary and Definitions for IELTS
  • Quirky (adj.)

    Unusual and odd, but in a good way.

  • Gimmick (n.)

    Something that is meant to impress but is not very useful.

  • Vanity (n. / adj.)

    Being too interested in yourself and your appearance.

  • Etiquette (n.)

    Acceptable and expected behaviour in a particular situation.

  • Bugbears (n.)

    Things that annoy or irritate you.

Vocabulary for Writing T2 for IELTS
  • (to have) a head for heights:

    A feeling of being comfortable in high places.

  • Beauty is only skin deep:

    Someone’s character is more important than how they look.

  • Don’t hold your breath:

    Phrase meaning: “don’t expect that a particular good thing will happen”.

  • Code of conduct:

    Set of rules about how to behave in a certain situation.

  • Stuck in a rut:

    Become too fixed in one kind of job or situation in life.

Vocabulary for Speaking for IELTS
  • Beer belly:

    Slang expression describing a fat stomach, often caused by drinking too much beer over a long period of time.

  • A big no-no:

    Something most people don’t like.

  • Slurping (v.)

    Making a loud sucking noise when you drink something.

  • Freeze-dried (adj.)

    (of food) quickly frozen and dried to preserve it.

  • Hunk (n.)

    Strong, muscly and attractive man.
    * Muscly (adj.) musclier; muscliest; same as muscular.

Phrasal Verbs for IELTS
  • Sprung up:

    Suddenly appeared.

  • Thrown up:

    Built or made quickly and without much care.

  • to stave off:

    To stop or keep away an unpleasant feeling.

  • to spur on:

    To encourage someone to do something.

  • to cope with:

    To deal with a situation successfully.

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