10 April 2009

Vocabulary in the News: Is the End of Recession in Sight?

check-mark-graphic dry up phrasal verb [intransitive]
to stop being available
What will happen to the project when the money dries up?
check-mark-graphicestate agent noun [British English – countable]
someone whose job is to help people buy and sell or rent property. The American word is real estate agent.
check-mark-graphica glimmer of hope expression
a very small sign that something might improve or succeed
The survey reports a glimmer of hope for the small business sector.
check-mark-graphicgloomy adjective
showing that things are not going well and will probably not go well in the future
gloomy prospects
The economic news is gloomy.
check-mark-graphichousing market noun
general market of houses being purchased and sold between buyers and sellers either directly by owners or indirectly through brokers
The plan is to overpay the banks for bad mortgages, claiming that this will support the housing market.
check-mark-graphiclaggard noun [old fashioned – countable]
a person or organization that is slow to do something or slow to make progress
check-mark-graphicleave untouched verb expression
to not change
Due to the economic news, the central bank decided to leave interest rates untouched.
check-mark-graphicletting noun [countable]
property that is leased or rented out or let
This agency has sound knowledge in the residential lettings market.
check-mark-graphicliable to do something verbal expression
likely to do something bad or unpleasant
The handle on this door is liable to break.
check-mark-graphicpatchy adjective
not detailed enough or complete enough to be useful
patchy evidence
I have only a patchy knowledge of Spanish history.
check-mark-graphicsemi or semi-detached house noun [countable]
semi-detached houses share one wall between them, so they are built in pairs
check-mark-graphicswanky adjective [informal]
fashionable and expensive
a swanky restaurant/hotel/car
check-mark-graphictake on verbal phrase [transitive]
to accept some work or responsibility
I can’t take on any more work at the moment.
check-mark-graphicturn the corner colloquial verb expression
to begin to be healthy, happy or successful again after a difficult period
Has the economy finally turned the corner?
With this new job, I feel I’m finally turning a corner.
check-mark-graphicturnaround noun [countable]
an important change in a situation that causes it to improve
an economic turnaround
check-mark-graphicviewing noun [countable]
on occasion on which people are invited to go and look at something; the act of visiting property one might purchase
We’ve been invited to a private viewing of Trevor’s exhibition.

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