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take down a notch

deflate or humble someone
He's so arrogant that I wish someone would take him down a notch.
Submitted by: Claudia Soares Cruz from Brazil on 28/04/2016

refactoring

noun
the process of restructuring existing computer code — changing the factoring — without changing its external behavior
Submitted by: David from Hungary on 27/04/2016

Liebchen

noun
someone who is very dear to another
My wife is my liebchen and my little liebchens, my children
Submitted by: Bhekilizwe from South Africa on 27/04/2016

nurdle

verb
in cricket, to score runs by gently nudging the ball into vacant areas of the field
The last ball was nurdled straight to the fielder.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 27/04/2016

nurdle

noun
a very small round piece of plastic used to make plastic products
Nurdles are the building blocks of plastics.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 27/04/2016

take the fall

to get arrested for a particular crime, especially when others are going unpunished for the same crime;
He was going to take the fall for that crooked politician.
Submitted by: lucimar from Brazil on 26/04/2016

mislabel

verb
to put a name that is wrong on something
Each year more than 160,000 medical errors occur nationwide due to mislabeled specimens.
The boxes had been deliberately mislabeled to keep shipping costs down.
Submitted on 25/04/2016

amphisbaena

noun
a mythological serpent with a head at each end of its body
Olivia saw an amphisbaena in her dream, that's why she screamed.
Submitted on 25/04/2016

waystage

noun
a ​low to ​middle ​level of ​ability in a ​foreign ​language ​according to the Common ​European Framework (= a ​description of ​language ​ability ​levels ​created by the Council of ​Europe)
Submitted by: Carlos from Spain on 25/04/2016

ort

noun
a remainder of food from a meal
When he confronted his prey his lips glistened with the foam of condensed rage and his cheeks and eyes exuded a brutish ardor like pigs' faces when they make ready to fall on the orts and peels heaped in their trough.
Submitted by: Bilyana Kalyonska from Bulgaria on 25/04/2016

oratorical

adjective
relating to the art or practice of public speaking
His oratorical prowess has led to political success. Her speech was an oratorical endorsement of the value of education.
Submitted by: Andrei Fiodorov from Moldova, Republic of on 25/04/2016

misophonia

noun
a hatred of certain sounds, such as sniffling, mouth noises, breathing or lip smacking
Submitted by: Jadyn from United States on 25/04/2016

undergird

verb
to secure underneath; to strengthen, support, hold
After hoisting it up, they used supports to undergird the ship.
Submitted on 24/04/2016

sawbuck

noun
a ten-dollar bill
Submitted by: Antonio from Switzerland on 24/04/2016

sailyak

noun
a combination of a kayak and a sailboat
I took my sailyak out sailing yesterday.
Submitted on 24/04/2016

sailyaking

noun
sailing a kayak and sailboat combination
I went sailyaking yesterday.
Submitted on 24/04/2016

NEPA

abbreviation
non-exercise physical activity: everyday activities such as housework or walking the dog that help you get fit
Submitted from United Kingdom on 24/04/2016

onomastics

plural noun
The study of the history and origin of proper names, especially personal names.
The exploration of onomastics can yield incredibly fascinating results.
Submitted by: Jimmy Nolan from United Kingdom on 24/04/2016

blatherskite

noun
1
a person who talks nonsense
Did you hear me, you old baltherskite?
2
nonsense
The man spoke blatherskite.
Submitted by: Jimmy Nolan from United Kingdom on 24/04/2016

official language

noun
a language that has a special status in the legal, political and educational life of a place
The official languague of Canada is English.
Submitted by: anne from United States on 23/04/2016
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