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Fireworks and fireworks displays

banger

noun

a type of firework that makes a very loud noise when it explodes

Bonfire Night

the night of 5th November, when British people have bonfires and light fireworks to celebrate the day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes was stopped before he was able to destroy the Houses of Parliament

catherine wheel

noun

a circular firework (=an object that burns to produce coloured light and noise) that you fix to something so that it spins around when it starts to burn. The American word is pinwheel.

cracker

noun

a firecracker

firecracker

noun

a kind of firework that makes a lot of loud noises when it explodes

firework

noun

an object that explodes when you light it and produces coloured lights and loud noises

the Gunpowder Plot

noun

a plan in 1605 by Roman Catholics in England to destroy Parliament in an explosion. The plan failed, but is remembered in Britain every year on Guy Fawkes’ Night.

guy

noun

a model of a person made out of old clothes that is burned on Guy Fawkes’ Night in the UK

Guy Fawkes’ Night

in the UK, the evening of 5th November, when people light fires outside and have fireworks. Guy Fawkes’ Night is also called Bonfire Night.

pyrotechnics

noun

a public show of fireworks

rocket

noun

a firework shaped like a tube that flies up into the air when you light it and then explodes, creating noise and bright coloured light

Roman candle

noun

a type of firework that sends up a stream of sparks

sparkler

noun

a type of firework that you hold in your hand and that makes bright sparks when you burn one end of it

squib

noun

a type of firework that explodes with a loud noise

touchpaper

noun

paper that has been covered with a chemical that makes it burn in a controlled way and is used for lighting explosives and fireworks

pyrotechnic

adjective

mom jeans

a style of loose-fitting jeans with a high waist, often considered unfashionable

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endies

Employed but with No Disposable Income or Savings: people who are in work but only earn just enough to live on

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