16 July 2009

Vocabulary In the News: For Small Town, Luck Be a Ladybug

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a ladybug a small insect that has a round red or yellow body with small black spots on it
a swarm a large group of insects flying or moving together
a swarm of bees/flies/ants
an affiliate an organization or company that is connected with or controlled by a larger group
to keep a close eye (idiomatic) to look after something or someone very carefully
Will you keep a close eye on things until I get back?
to spot to notice someone or something
He was spotted by the local police and had to leave quickly.
to disclose to give information to people, especially information that was secret
Most of the people interviewed requested that their identity not be disclosed.
to escort to go somewhere with someone in order to be certain that they arrive at the right place
She escorted him to the front door.
to crawl if an insect crawls, it moves forwards using its legs
Ants were crawling all over the cheese.
bark (uncountable) the hard substance that covers a tree
to mate if one animal mates with another, or if two animals mate, they have sex
to handle to take action in order to deal with a difficult situation
The government was criticized for how it handled the situation.

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