(© Pearson 2016 SO2A) WORDLIST 9 INSPIRATION

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unconventional
Be unconventional, even visionary
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very different from the way people usually behave, think, dress etc
She had very unconventional political views.

thought-provoking
the most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking
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making people think seriously about a particular subject
They wrote a very thought-provoking article.

bleak
Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert.
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without anything to make you feel happy or hopeful
The company still hopes to find a buyer, but the future looks bleak.

compelling
It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.
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used to describe an argument etc that makes you feel certain that something is true or that you must do something about it
Lucy had no compelling reason to go into town.

charming
You're so charming...
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very pleasing or attractive
Harry can be very charming.

well-received
Honestly, not being well received makes me feel very vulnerable. Not being included or regarded highly enough makes me crazy.
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happily accepted, or considered to be correct, by many people
The news was well-received by all the people in the room.

poignant
Very painful or deeply moving.
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making you feel sad or full of pity
The statue is a poignant reminder of our nation’s great sacrifices.

overrated
Graduate school is overrated.
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not as good or important as some people think or say
The new film was vastly overrated.

offbeat
Offbeat | Estonian municipality put cannabis leaf on flag
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unusual and not what people normally expect, especially in an interesting way
She’s a little offbeat, but she’s a wonderful actress.

stylish
How to ALWAYS look stylish!
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attractive in a fashionable way
They went to a stylish restaurant in the West End.

striking
Striking The Eiffel Tower
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attractive in an unusual way that is easy to notice
A dark man with striking features walked up to me.

subtle
Girls need to send boys subtle signals to make it clear that they’re interested in them.
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not easy to notice or understand unless you pay careful attention
The pictures are similar, but there are subtle differences between them.

come up with
How to Come Up With Startup Ideas that Are Worth your Time?
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to think of an idea, answer etc
We’ve been asked to come up with some new ideas.

go on
Shit Happens But Life must go on
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to continue doing something or being in a situation
He went on working until he was 91.

carry out
'Ok. I'm cooking dinner. What sounds good?' Carry out.
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to do something that needs to be organised and planned
We need to carry out more research.

set up
"Set up" means "to prepare equipment or software for use". Example: The kids set up a tent during our summer camping trip.
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to start a company, organisation, committee etc
They want to set up their own import- export business.

pick up
What training do you need to become a rubbish collector? -None. You just pick it up as you go.
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to lift something or someone up
He picked up the letter and read it.

go back
No! I don't wanna go back to school! -I know, honey, I know... But you have to. -Why? -Because you're a teacher!
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to return to a place that you previously been to
I think we ought to go back to Paris some day.

come back
Yes, I came back. I always come back.
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to return to a place that you previously went away from
Please come back and see us again soon!

go out
go out with friends
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to leave your house, especially in order to enjoy yourself
We went out for a meal and then on to a movie.

point out
When we want to tell somebody something or inform them of something, usually something we think they don’t know we will use point out. I want to point out that I have also been on time every day without exception.
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to tell someone something that they did not already know or had not thought about
He was always very keen to point out my mistakes.

find out
Quiet! I'm trying to find out if the government is shut down today!
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to get information, after trying to discover it or by chance
Did you find out whether there are any seats left?

get round to
“Get around to” means “to finally manage to do something”. I finally got around to cleaning windows in my room.
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to do something that you have been intending to do for some time
I keep meaning to put a lock on it, but I never get round to it.

go in for
People walk and go in for sports in the open air
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to do or use something often because you enjoy it
I never really went in for sports.

put up with
I can't put up with my neighbour's noise any longer - it's driving me mad.
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to accept an unpleasant situation or person without complaining
She put up with his violent temper.

stand up for
Strong people stand up for themselves, but stronger people stand up for others.
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to refuse to accept unfair treatment from a person or organisation
He’ll respect you more if you stand up to him.

catch up with
Catch up & Ketchup
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to finally speak to someone you haven’t had a chance to speak to for a while
I’ll catch up with you next week.

go back on
I promise to never go back on a promise. Retract, fail to complete. My boss went back on his promise so I was not promoted.
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to not do something that you promised or agreed to do
Delors claimed that the President had gone back on his word.

get up to
To do something, especially something that you should not do.
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to do something, especially something slightly bad
What did you get up to at the weekend?

cut down on
cutting down on sugar
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to reduce the amount of something
By getting the design right, you can cut down on accidents.

look in on
make a short visit or call. "I will look in on you tomorrow"
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to make a short visit to someone, while you are going somewhere else, especially if they are ill or need help
I promised to look in on Dad and see if he’s feeling any better.

watch out for
Watch out for that tree! And then we have watch out, which is very similar to be careful, you’re warning someone, but it’s much more in the instant.
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to pay close attention in a particular situation because you are expecting something to happen or you want to avoid something bad
What problems should I watch out for when buying an old house?

keep up with
how to keep up with the issues you care about. to Keep up with the Pace of Change in Technology.
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to manage to do as much or as well as other people
Jack’s having trouble keeping up with the rest of the class.

go through with
"Did we ever go through with that divorce we were talking about?"
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to do something you had promised or planned to do, even though it causes problems or you are no longer sure you want to do it
He bravely went through with the wedding ceremony even though he was in a lot of pain.

go down with
to become ill with a particular illness
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to become ill, especially with an infectious disease
Half the team had gone down with flu.

do away with
To cut costs, we're doing away with health insurance in favor of an apple a day.
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to get rid of something or stop using it
People thought that the use of robots would do away with boring low-paid factory jobs.

look down on
Never look down on anyone, unless you are helping them up.
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to think that you are better than someone else, for example because you are more successful, or of a higher social class than they are
Mr Garcia looks down on anyone who hasn’t had a college education.

come up with an idea
It seems like it’s almost impossible to come up with original content nowadays. No matter what you want to write about, someone else seems to have already done it.
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to think of an idea
We’ve been asked to come up with some new ideas.

novel idea
crime novel idea creation: crime, setting, victim, suspects, clues, fake clues, investigator, motive
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an idea that is not like anything known before, and unusual or interesting
What a novel idea!

toy with an idea
To think about an idea for a short time and not very seriously. Effect in text: “Toy with the idea of throwing the children...” Toy with sth. To play with an object while you are thinking about something else.
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to think about an idea or possibility, usually for a short time and not very seriously
I’ve been toying with the idea of going to Japan to visit them.

give the idea
Politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't.
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to make someone think that a particular thing is true
We don’t want to give you the idea that you will be offered a permanent job.

brainstorm ideas
How to Brainstorm Creative Ideas
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to meet in a group in order to try to develop ideas and think of ways of solving problems
Employees get together and brainstorm ideas.

hit on an idea
I was sleeping. When suddenly... a thought hit me and an idea was born
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to have an idea or discover something suddenly or unexpectedly
Then we hit on the idea of asking viewers to donate money over the Net.

bright idea
Light bulb with a bright idea
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a very clever idea, often used in a joking way to mean a very stupid idea or action
Whose bright idea was it to leave the washing out in the rain?

original idea
Is there such thing as an original idea?
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an idea that is completely new and different from anything that anyone has thought of before
I don’t think George is capable of having original ideas!

seem like a good idea at the time
STUPID IDEAS - They seem like a good idea at the time.
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what you decided to do seemed sensible at first, but it turned out to be a poor decision
“Why did you jump in the lake?” “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.”

ridiculous idea
A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.
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a very silly or unreasonable idea
Going to school in your pyjamas is a ridiculous idea!

get the wrong idea about something
When somebody got the wrong idea about student loans
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to think that something is true when it is not
Don’t get the wrong idea about Dan and Helen – they’re just friends.

not have the faintest idea about something
To become what one is, one must not have the faintest idea what one is
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to not have even a general understanding of something
I don’t have the faintest idea what to get Rachel for her birthday.

full of bright ideas
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having lots of very clever ideas, often used in a joking way to mean very stupid ideas or actions
Jim? Oh, yes, he’s full of bright ideas, he is!

someone’s idea of a joke
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used when you are surprised and often rather annoyed by what someone has said or done
She wants you to do it by tomorrow.” “Is that your idea of a joke?”

have an idea of/about something
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to be fairly sure that something is true, without being completely sure
I’m not sure where my necklace is, but I have an idea about who took it.

have a clear idea about something
The best way to have a clear idea of something is to try it
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to have a good understanding of something
I think I have a clear idea now of how it works.

rave
RAVE - Respect Appreciate and Value Everyone in Undefined by AcronymsAndSlang.com
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to talk about something you enjoy or admire in an excited way
Now I understand why travellers rave about Lapland.

crave
Crave means to want or greatly desire something.
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to have an extremely strong desire for something
He is an insecure child who craves attention.

rant
A loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion.
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to talk or complain in a loud, excited and rather confused way because you feel strongly about something
She was ranting about the unfairness of it all.

fresh perspective
A Fresh Perspective May Be Just What You Need
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a new and interesting or useful way of thinking about something, especially one which is influenced by the type of person you are or by your experiences
The venture will benefit from their fresh perspective.

speak your mind
Speak your mind and never apologize for being too real.
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to tell people exactly what you think, even if it offends them
He was a tough politician who wasn’t afraid to speak his mind.

let your feelings fly
Let your feelings fly, not your emotions.
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to say exactly what you think about things
You don’t have to hold back on what you say, you can let your feelings fly.

give someone a piece of your mind
Instead of giving someone a piece of your mind, give someone the peace of mind.
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to tell someone that you are very angry with them
After the game he gave the players a piece of his mind.


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