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Headway - Advanced
lost cause
[noun]
a thing or person that is impossible to improve or succeed
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the last / final straw
[phrase]
the final and decisive event or action that pushes someone beyond their tolerance or patience, leading to a significant reaction or decision
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grey area
[noun]
a situation in which everything is unclear and cannot be easily defined
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to level the playing field
[phrase]
to create equal opportunities for all individuals or groups, regardless of their background or circumstances
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slippery slope
[noun]
a situation where a small initial action or decision leads to a chain of events that ultimately results in a more significant and often negative outcome
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wake-up call
[noun]
a phone call that is made at a particular time to wake someone up, at their request, for example in a hotel
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a fine / thin line
[phrase]
a delicate distinction between two things, particularly two apparently similar situations or concepts
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itchy feet
[noun]
a strong urge to travel or leave somewhere
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long shot
[noun]
an attempt made without having any high hopes of achieving success
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raw deal
[noun]
a treatment that is not fair or equal
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sore point
[phrase]
a sensitive or vulnerable topic or issue that causes discomfort, distress, or irritation when discussed or mentioned
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wishful thinking
[noun]
the act of imagining or hoping for something to be true, despite there being little or no evidence or likelihood of it actually happening
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foregone conclusion
[noun]
something that is so certain to happen that it can be considered inevitable, regardless of what actions are taken to prevent it
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last resort
[noun]
a thing that is only chosen when every other option or alternative has failed
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on second thought
[phrase]
used to state that one has adopted a different opinion
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saving grace
[noun]
a redeeming quality or factor that prevents a situation or outcome from being completely negative or disastrous
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mixed blessing
[noun]
a situation or thing that has both positive and negative aspects or consequences, making it difficult to assess whether it is ultimately beneficial or detrimental
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cold feet
[noun]
the state in which one loses all one's confidence and willingness to continue doing something
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hooked
[adjective]
addicted or extremely enthusiastic about something
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outcry
[noun]
a loud, sustained noise or shout of disapproval, protest, or outrage
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spiritualism
[noun]
the belief that the human spirit or soul can survive after death and communicate with the living
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hoax
[noun]
a fraudulent or deceptive act or scheme intended to trick or fool people
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bedridden
[adjective]
having to stay in bed, usually for a long time, due to illness or injury
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to clutch
[verb]
to seize or grab suddenly and firmly
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handcuff
[noun]
a pair of rings made of metal with a chain attached to them, used for putting on the wrists of prisoners
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to dismiss
[verb]
to disregard something as unimportant or unworthy of consideration
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to withstand
[verb]
to resist or endure the force, pressure, or challenges imposed upon oneself
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acute
[adjective]
(of an illness) suddenly becoming severe but for a short time
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to collapse
[verb]
(of a person) to fall and usually become unconscious due to illness
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inauspicious
[adjective]
marked by ill omens or signs, especially of future misfortune or failure
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thoughtful
[adjective]
caring for others and trying to make them feel comfortable or happy
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eccentric
[adjective]
behaving in a manner that is considered strange and unconventional
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uncanny
[adjective]
beyond what is ordinary, expected, or normal
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deduction
[noun]
the process of reasoning from general principles or premises to a specific conclusion
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skeptical
[adjective]
having doubts about something's truth, validity, or reliability
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