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freezing • frosty • cold • chilly • nippy • warm • hot • sizzling • steaming • burning • boiling
You can also combine the -ing words with hot and cold:
• It's boiling hot.
• It's freezing cold.
• It's steaming hot.
break a habit
stop doing the habit
break a bone / break your arm
fracture a bone, injure yourself
break a leg!
This is an idiomatic expression that means 'good luck!'.
It is often used to wish someone good luck when they are going to perform.
break a promise
not do what you promised (the opposite is 'keep a promise')
break a record
perform better than the previous record
break a window
make a crack or hole in the window
break the ice
initiate social interaction, especially in a situation where people are being shy and hesitant
break someone's heart
cause emotional pain or grief to a person who loves you
break the rules
do something that is prohibited by a rule
break the law
do something that is illegal; it is prohibited by law
break the news to someone
tell someone some new information (often bad news)
break the silence
make a noise, interrupting a period of silence
escape from a restraint or confinement
begin digging into the ground for a new construction project.
A small ceremony is often done to commemorate this.
break new ground
make progress into a new area; advance beyond previous achievements in an area
break a code
figure out a secret code, so that you can understand the message
break one's fall
lessen the impact of a falling person hitting the ground
break the mould
do something differently after is has been done the same way for a long time
:: You use holiday (or holidays) in British English and vacation in American English to describe the regular periods of time when you are not at work or school, or time that you spend travelling or resting away from home.
• I get four weeks' holiday / vacation a year.
• He's on holiday / vacation this week.
• I like to take my holiday / vacation in the winter.
• the summer holidays / vacation
:: In American English a holiday (or a public holiday) is a single day when government offices, schools, banks and businesses are closed.
• The school will be closed Monday because it's a holiday.
This is called a bank holiday in British English.
:: The holidays is used in American English to refer to the time in late December and early January that includes Christmas and the New Year.
:: Vacation in British English is used mainly to mean one of the periods when universities are officially closed for the students.
Source: Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary | Seventh edition, page 743
:: Belong to or relate to someone or something
• He has a fear of spiders.
• Jessica is a good friend of Belinda.
• In college, we studied the works of Emmanuel Kant.
:: Show an amount
• We need two pounds of apples.
• There are a lot of students outside.
• Jane ate a handful of sunflower seeds.
:: Show numbers, ages and dates.
• It was the 1st of April 2016.
• They have a son of seven.
• She had foreseen an increase of 5% in salary.
:: Contain or consist of
• Could you give me a glass of water, please?
• A pack of dogs was running around the house.
• He brought her a box of chocolates.
:: Show a reason
• John died of cancer.
• As a result of war, there were many changes.
• We did it out of our own wish.
• This is a tale of bravery and romance.
• He spoke of most important values in his life.
• The king spoke highly of his seven sons.
:: Show someone or something
• They showed us pictures of their babies.
• Could you look at this picture of a house?
:: Show which one
• A city of Chicago = the city called Chicago
• The country of Germany = the country called Germany
• The year of 2016 = the year 2016
:: Show a characteristic
• He was a man of great honour.
• Sheila is a woman of great beauty.
• This meeting is of no importance.
:: Live or come from a certain place
• The people of France are called French.
• He met the queen of England.
:: Not touching something or removed
• His shoe just fell off.
• Please, take off your hat.
• They took the mirror off the wall.
• The deal is off.
• The wedding is off.
:: Not operating or not at work
• Turn off the light, please.
• The electricity is off.
• My computer is always off when I need it.
:: Away from a place
• He ran off without turning back.
• Do you get off at the next station?
:: Near a place
• The hotel was just off the highway.
• Take a turn left, and then you'll see the shop just off the main road.
:: Far away
• I see a car off in the distance.
• My friend is off in Africa.
• Our anniversary is a long way off.
• All books are 50% off. This is amazing!
• The red apples are 20% off during lunchtime.
verb: quitting, quitted
► to leave your job, school
If I don't get more money I'll quit.
He has decided to quit as manager of the team.
► to stop doing something
I've quit smoking.
► to leave the place where you live
We decided it was time to quit the city.
► to close a computer programme or application
► to some degree
He plays quite well.
► to the greatest possible degree
This is quite a different problem.
► to a great degree; very; really
You'll be quite comfortable here.
► used to agree with somebody or show that you understand them
► making very little noise
Could you keep the children quiet while I'm on the phone?
► without many people or much noise or activity
They lead a quiet life.
► not disturbed; peaceful
I was looking forward to a quiet evening at home.
► tending not to talk very much
She was quiet and shy.
► definite but not expressed in an obvious way
He had an air of quiet authority.
Source: Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary | Seventh Edition | Oxford University Press
1 She's married to a dentist.
2 I look forward to meeting you.
3 When I arrive, I will call you.
4 She doesn't listen to me.
5 You speak English well.
6 I didn't meet anybody.
7 Please explain to me how to improve my English.
8 You are very nice, like your mother.
9 If I am in London, I will contact you.