grip /ɡrɪp/
she gripped the edge of the table: GRASP, clutch, hold, clasp, take hold of, clench, grab, seize, cling to; squeeze, press; informal glom on to. ANTONYMS release, hold lightly.
Harry was gripped by a sneezing fit: AFFLICT, affect, take over, beset, rack, convulse.
we were gripped by the drama: ENGROSS, enthrall, absorb, rivet, spellbind, hold spellbound, bewitch, fascinate, hold, mesmerize, enrapture; interest. ANTONYMS bore, repel.
grip /ɡrɪp/
1 a tight grip: GRASP, hold.
the wheels lost their grip on the road: TRACTION, purchase, friction, adhesion, resistance.
he was in the grip of an obsession: CONTROL, power, hold, stranglehold, chokehold, clutches, command, mastery, influence.
I had a pretty good grip on the situation: UNDERSTANDING OF, comprehension of, grasp of, command of, perception of, awareness of, apprehension of, conception of; formal cognizance of.
a leather grip: TRAVEL BAG, traveling bag, suitcase, bag, overnight bag, flight bag.
Old English
grippa (verb), gripegrasp, clutch’ (noun), gripa ‘handful, sheath’.

1 - Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day (in the USA)
It is an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. A similar holiday is held in Canada, usually on the second Monday in October.
2 - Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day
It is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after Congress requested a proclamation by George Washington. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S.
The event that Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating "thanksgivings"—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.

verb [with object]
seize and hold firmly: she grasped the bottle.
• get mental hold of; comprehend fully:
the way in which children could grasp complex ideas.
• [no object] (grasp at) try to seize hold of:
they grasped at each other with numbed fingers | they had grasped at any means to overthrow him.
• act decisively to the advantage of (something):
we must grasp the opportunities offered.
noun [in singular]
a firm hold or grip:
the child slipped from her grasp.
• a person's power or capacity to attain something:
he knew success was within his grasp.
• a person's understanding:
meanings that are beyond my grasp | his grasp of detail.
grasp /ɡrɑːsp/
she grasped his hands: GRIP, clutch, clasp, hold, clench; catch, seize, grab, snatch, latch on to. ANTONYMS release.
everybody grasped the important points: UNDERSTAND, comprehend, follow, take in, perceive, see, apprehend, assimilate, absorb; informal get, catch on to, figure out, get one's head around, take on board.
he grasped the opportunity: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, act on; seize, leap at, snatch, jump at, pounce on. ANTONYMS miss, overlook.
his grasp on her hand: GRIP, hold; clutch, clasp, clench.
his domineering mother's grasp: CONTROL, power, clutches, command, domination, rule, tyranny.
a prize lay within their grasp: REACH, scope, power, limits, range; sights.
your grasp of history: UNDERSTANDING, comprehension, perception, apprehension, awareness, grip, knowledge; mastery, command.
late Middle English: perhaps related to grope.

having a gently calming effect:
she put on some soothing music.
reducing pain or discomfort:
almond oil is renowned for its soothing properties.
soothing /ˈsuːðɪŋ/
soothing music: RELAXING, restful, calm, calming, tranquil, peaceful, reposeful, tranquilizing, soporific.
soothing ointment: PALIATIVE, pain-relieving, analgesic, mild, calmative.

witheringly scornful; severely critical:
she launched a scathing attack on the governor.
scathingly /ˈskeɪðɪŋli/ adverb
scathing /ˈskeɪðɪŋ/
another restaurant has fallen victim to one of her scathing reviews: DEVASTATING, extremely critical, blistering, searing, withering, scorching, fierce, ferocious, savage, severe, stinging, biting, cutting, mordant, trenchant, virulent, caustic, vitriolic, scornful, sharp, bitter, harsh, unsparing; rare mordacious. ANTONYMS mild, gentle, complimentary.
Middle English: from Old Norse
skathi (noun), skatha (verb); related to Dutch and German schaden (verb).

/snɪtʃ/ informal
1 [with object] steal.
2 [no object] inform on someone:
she wouldn't tell who snitched on me.
an informer.
late 17th century: of unknown origin.

drought /draʊt/
a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a shortage of water.
• [usually with modifier] a prolonged absence of something specified:
he ended a five-game hitting drought.
archaic thirst.
drought /draʊt/
this year's drought was devastating to cotton growers: DRY SPELL, lack of rain, shortage of water.
late Old English
drūgath ‘dryness’, of Germanic origin; compare with Dutch droogte; related to dry.

verb (grins, grinning, grinned) [no object]
smile broadly, especially in an unrestrained manner and with the mouth open:
Dennis appeared, grinning cheerfully.
• express with a broad smile: [with direct speech] :
‘My word,’ grinned the delighted man | [with object] : she grinned her approval.
• grimace or appear to grimace grotesquely in a way that reveals the teeth: (as adjective grinning) :
a grinning skull.
a broad smile:
“OK,” he said with a grin.
grin and bear it
suffer pain or misfortune in a stoical manner.
grin /ɡrɪn/
Liam grinned at us: SMILE, smile broadly, beam, smile from ear to ear, grin like a Cheshire cat; smirk; informal be all smiles.
a silly grin: SMILE, broad smile; smirk. ANTONYMS frown, scowl.
Old English
grennian ‘bare the teeth in pain or anger’, of Germanic origin; probably related to groan.

a large undulating mass of something, typically cloud, smoke, or steam.
• archaic a large sea wave.
verb [no object, with adverbial of direction]
(of fabric) fill with air and swell outward:
her dress billowed out around her.
• (of smoke, cloud, or steam) move or flow outward with an undulating motion:
smoke was billowing from the chimney.
billow /ˈbɪləʊ/
billows of smoke: CLOUD, mass.
archaic the billows that break upon the shore: WAVE, roller, breaker.
her dress billowed around her: PUFF OUT/UP, balloon (out), swell, fill (out), belly out.
smoke billowed from the chimney: SWIRL, spiral, roll, undulate, eddy; pour, flow.
billowy /ˈbɪləʊi/ adjective
mid 16th century: from Old Norse

enroll /ɪnˈrəʊl, ɛnˈrəʊl/ (British enrol)
verb (enrolls, enrolling, enrolled) [no object]
officially register as a member of an institution or a student on a course:
he enrolled in the American English school | [with object] : the school enrolls approximately 1,000 students | he enrolled in drama school.
• [with object] recruit (someone) to perform a service:
a campaign to enroll more foster families.
• [with object] Law, historical enter (a deed or other document) among the rolls of a court of justice.
• archaic write the name of (someone) on a list or register.
enroll /ɪnˈrəʊl, ɛnˈrəʊl/ (British enrol)
they both enrolled for the course: REGISTER FOR, sign up/on for, put one's name down for, apply for, volunteer for; enter, join.
280 new members were enrolled: ACCEPT, admit, take on, register, sign on/up, recruit, engage; empanel.
late Middle English (formerly also as
inroll): from Old French enroller, from en- ‘in’ + rolle ‘a roll’ (names being originally written on a roll of parchment).

unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group:
factory workers voiced solidarity with the striking students.
solidarity /ˌsɒlɪˈdarɪti/
our solidarity is what gives us the credibility and power to make changes: UNANIMITY, unity, like-mindedness, agreement, accord, harmony, consensus, concurrence, cooperation, cohesion, fraternity, mutual support; formal concord.
mid 19th century: from French
solidarité, from solidairesolidary.’

verb [with object]
pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury):
she feigned nervousness.
archaic invent (a story or excuse).
• [no object]
archaic indulge in pretense.
feign /feɪn/
she lay still and feigned sleep: SIMULATE, fake, sham, affect, give the appearance of, make a pretense of.
he's not really ill, he's only feigning: PRETEND, put it on, fake, sham, bluff, masquerade, play-act; informal kid.
Middle English: from Old French
feign-, stem of feindre, from Latin fingere ‘mold, contrive.’ Senses in Middle English (taken from Latin) included ‘make something,’ ‘invent a story, excuse, or allegation,’ hence ‘make a pretense of a feeling or response’ Compare with fiction and figment.

a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another:
witch hazels are the harbingers of spring.
• a forerunner of something:
these works were not yet opera, but they were the most important harbinger of opera.
harbinger /'hɑːrbɪn(d)ʒər/
I long to see the robins, crocuses, and other harbingers of spring: HERALD, sign, indication, signal, portent, omen, augury, forewarning, presage; forerunner, precursor, messenger; literary foretoken.
Middle English: from Old French
herbergere, from herbergier ‘provide lodging for,’ from herberge ‘lodging,’ from Old Saxon heriberga ‘shelter for an army, lodging’ (from heri ‘army’ + a Germanic base meaning ‘fortified place’), related to harbor. The term originally denoted a person who provided lodging, later one who went ahead to find lodgings for an army or for a nobleman and his retinue, hence, a herald (mid 16th century).

/dʒəʊlt, dʒɒlt/
verb [with object]
push or shake (someone or something) abruptly and roughly:
a surge in the crowd behind him jolted him forward.
• give a surprise or shock to (someone) in order to make them act or change:
she tried to jolt him out of his depression.
• [no object] move with sudden lurches: the train jolted into motion.
an abrupt rough or violent movement.
• a surprise or shock, especially of an unpleasant kind and often manifested physically:
that information gave her a severe jolt.
the train jolted the passengers to one side: PUSH, thrust, jar, bump, knock, bang; shake, joggle, jog.
the car jolted along: BUMP, bounce, jerk, rattle, lurch, shudder, jounce; British judder.
she was jolted out of her reverie: STARTLE, surprise, shock, stun, shake, take aback; astonish, astound, amaze, stagger, stop someone in their tracks; informal rock, floor.
a series of sickening jolts: BUMP, bounce, shake, jerk, lurch.
he woke up with a jolt: START, jerk, jump.
the sight of the dagger gave him a jolt: FRIGHT, the fright of one's life, shock, scare, surprise; wake-up call.

the audience was spellbound: ENTHRALLED, fascinated, rapt, riveted, transfixed, gripped, captivated, bewitched, enchanted, mesmerized, hypnotized; informal hooked.
spellbind /spelbʌɪnd/
verb (past and past participle spellbound) [with object]
hold the complete attention of (someone) as though by magic; fascinate: (as adjective
spellbound) : the killer whale gave the spellbound audience a good soaking.

(on social media sites such as Twitter) a word or phrase preceded by
a hash or pound sign (#) and used to identify messages on a specific topic: spammers often broadcast tweets with popular hashtags even if the tweet has nothing to do with them.
• the hash or pound sign (#): David mistook an @ for a hashtag while tweeting derogatory thoughts about him.
hashtag /ˈhaʃtaɡ/
A hashtag is a type of metadata tag used on social network and microblogging services which makes it easier for users to find messages with a specific theme or content. Users create and use hashtags by placing the number sign or pound sign (colloquially known as the hash character # in reference to its resemblance to several slices or chops with a sharp implement) in front of a word or unspaced phrase, either in the main text of a message or at the end. Searching for that hashtag will yield each message that has been tagged with it. A hashtag archive is consequently collected into a single stream under the same hashtag. For example, on the photo-sharing service Instagram, the hashtag #bluesky allows users to find all the posts that have been tagged using that hashtag.

very hot:
the scorching July sun.
• (of criticism) harsh; severe.
• informal very fast:
she set a scorching pace.
scorching /ˈskɔːrtʃɪŋ/
the scorching July sun: EXTREMELY HOT, red-hot, blazing, flaming, fiery, burning, blistering, searing, sweltering, torrid, broiling; informal boiling (hot), baking (hot), sizzling. ANTONYMS freezing.
scorching criticism: FIERCE, savage, scathing, withering, blistering, searing, devastating, stringent, severe, harsh, stinging, biting, mordant, trenchant, caustic, virulent, vitriolic. ANTONYMS mild.

verb [with object]
renovate and redecorate (something, especially a building):
the premises have been completely refurbished in our corporate style.
refurbish /riːˈfəːrbɪʃ/
the academy plans to refurbish its classrooms: RENOVATE, recondition, rehabilitate, revamp, overhaul, restore, renew, redevelop, rebuild, reconstruct; redecorate, spruce up, upgrade, refit, retrofit, bring up to code; informal do up, rehab, refurb.

verb [with object]
restore (something old, especially a building) to a good state of repair:
the old office has been tastefully renovated as a new private academy.
• archaic refresh; reinvigorate:
a little warm nourishment renovated him for a short time.
early 16th century: from Latin renovat- ‘made new again,’ from the verb renovare, from re- ‘back, again’ + novus ‘new.’
renovate /ˈrenəveɪt/
the office has been renovated: MODERNIZE, restore, refurbish, revamp, recondition, rehabilitate, overhaul, redevelop; update, upgrade, refit, bring something up to code; informal do up, rehab.

They started their own new academy: ESTABLISH, set up, found, create, bring into being, institute, initiate, inaugurate, introduce, open, launch, float, kick-start, jump-start, get something off the ground, pioneer, organize, mastermind; informal kick something off. ANTONYMS end.

move /muːv/
Change one's place of residence or work:
The English academy moved just two blocks away.
She's moved to New York City: RELOCATE, move away, change one's address, leave, go away, go down the road, decamp, pull up stakes.

get along (with)
/ɡet əˈlɒŋ/
1 have a harmonious or friendly relationship: they seem to get along pretty well.
2 manage to live or survive: don't worry, we'll get along without you.
get along (with) /ɡet əˈlɒŋ/
1 can't you try to get along with his family? BE FRIENDLY, be compatible, get on; agree, see eye to eye, concur, be in accord; informal hit it off, be on the same wavelength.
she was getting along well at school: FARE, manage, progress, advance, get on, get by, do, cope; succeed.

check out
/ˈtʃek aʊt/
settle one's hotel bill before leaving.
• (North American informal) die.
check out someone/something
1 establish the truth or inform oneself about someone or something: they decided to go and check out a local restaurant.
2 check something out (chiefly North American) enter the price of goods in a supermarket into a cash machine for addition and payment by a customer.
• register something as having been borrowed.
check out /ˈtʃek aʊt/
1 we'll be checking out in the morning: LEAVE, vacate, depart; pay the bill, settle up.
the police checked out dozens of leads: INVESTIGATE, look into, inquire into, probe, research, examine, go over; assess, analyze, evaluate; follow up; informal give something a once-over, scope out.
she checked herself out in the mirror: LOOK AT, survey, regard, inspect, contemplate; informal eyeball.

/ˈtrʌmp(ə)ri/ archaic
noun (plural trumperies)
• worthless nonsense
• attractive articles of little value or use.
• practices or beliefs that are superficially or visually appealing but have little real value or worth.
trumpery /ˈtrʌmp(ə)ri/
showy but worthless: trumpery jewelry.
• delusive or shallow:
that trumpery hope which lets us dupe ourselves.
late Middle English (denoting trickery): from Old French
tromperie, from tromper ‘deceive.’
own up to /əʊn ʌp tuː/
admit or confess to having done something wrong or embarrassing: he owns up to few mistakes.
own up to /əʊn ʌp tuː/
in the long run, it's always better to own up to your mistakes: CONFESS, admit to, admit the guilt of, accept blame/responsibility for, tell the truth about, make a clean breast of; informal come clean about.

let someone down /let ˈsəmˌwən daʊn/
phrasal verb
fail to support or help someone as they had hoped or expected:
if I let him down now, I knew he'd never trust me again. / I need you to be on time. Don't let me down this time.
• (let someone/something down) have a detrimental effect on the overall quality or success of someone or something:
the whole machine is let down by the tacky keyboard.
letdown /ˈletdaʊn/
a disappointment or a feeling of disappointment:
the election was a bit of a letdown.
• a decrease in size, volume, or force: letdowns in sales have been frequent and widespread.

account for /əˈkaʊnt fɔːr/
1 give a satisfactory record of (something, typically money, that one is responsible for).
• provide or serve as a satisfactory explanation or reason for:
he was brought before the Board to account for his behavior.
• know the fate or whereabouts of (someone or something), especially after an accident: everyone was accounted for after the floods.
• succeed in killing, destroying, or defeating:
the fifth inning accounted for Lyons, who gave up three back-to-back home runs.
2 supply or make up a specified amount or proportion of:
social security accounts for about a third of total public spending.
account for /əˈkaʊnt fɔːr/
they must account for the delay: EXPLAIN, answer for, give reasons for, rationalize, justify.
taxes account for much of the price of gasoline: CONSTITUTE, make up, form, compose, represent.

stick up for /stɪk ʌp fɔːr/
support or defend (a person or cause): they pick on her and she won't stick up for herself.
stick up for /stɪk ʌp fɔːr/
after what she did, not even her family would stick up for her: SUPPORT, take someone's side, side with, be on the side of, stand by, stand up for, take someone's part, defend, come to the defense of, champion, speak up for, fight for.

work out /ˈwərk aʊt/
1 (of an equation) be capable of being solved.
• (work out at) be calculated at:
the losses work out at $2.94 a share.
2 have a good or specified result, be successful:
things don't always work out that way / Our plan worked out fine.
3 engage in vigorous physical exercise or training, typically at a gym:
I work out at the gym three times a week.
work out (something)
1 solve a sum or determine an amount by calculation. We have to work out the total cost before we buy the house.
• solve or find the answer to something:
I couldn't work out whether it was a band playing or a record.
2 plan or devise something in detail:
work out a seating plan.
work out /ˈwərk aʊt/
1 the bill works out to $50: AMOUNT TO, add up to, come to, total.
my idea worked out: SUCCEED, work out, turn out well, go as planned, get results, be effective; informal come off, pay off, do/turn the trick. ANTONYMS fail.
things didn't work out the way she planned: END UP, turn out, go, come out, develop; happen, occur; informal pan out.
he works out at the local gym: EXERCISE, train.
work out what you can afford: CALCULATE, compute, determine, reckon (up).
I'm trying to work out what she meant: UNDERSTAND, comprehend, sort out, make sense of, get to the bottom of, make head(s) or tail(s) of, unravel, decipher, decode, puzzle out; informal figure out.
they worked out a plan: DEVISE, formulate, draw up, put together, develop, construct, arrange, organize, contrive, concoct; hammer out, negotiate.

look forward to + ing /lʊk ˈfɔːrwərd tuː/
await eagerly:
we look forward to seeing you.
I'm looking forward to meeting him.
look forward to + object /lʊk ˈfɔːrwərd tuː/
I'm really looking forward to my birthday.
We can only
look forward to a time when such measures will no longer be needed.
look forward to
I look forward to Rebecca's call: AWAIT WITH PLEASURE, eagerly anticipate, lick one's lips over, be unable to wait for, count the days until.

come along /kʌm əˈlɒŋ/
1 to arrive, or to become available
He decided to give the money to the first stranger who came along.
He told me to work hard and take every opportunity that
comes along.
2 to go somewhere with someone
I’ve never seen a baseball game – do you mind if I come along?
to go somewhere so that you can be with someone who went there earlier
Ray had some work to finish and decided to come along later.
3 [usually progressive] to make progress, or to get better in quality, skill, or health
The building work was coming along nicely
be coming along with something:
How’s Kathleen coming along with her swimming?
come along /kʌm əˈlɒŋ/
1 the puppies are coming along nicely: PROGRESS, develop, shape up; come on, turn out; improve, get better, pick up, rally, recover.
come along! HURRY (UP), be quick, get a move on, come on, look lively, speed up, move faster; informal get moving, get cracking, step on it, move it, shake a leg, make it snappy; dated make haste.

carry out /ˈkarɪ aʊt/
1 to do something as specified (a plan, an order, a threat): His orders were carried out to the letter.
2 to perform or conduct (a test, an experiment, a survey):
The company does not carry out tests on animals. / We're carrying out a market research survey.

sign up /sʌɪn əp/
commit oneself to a period of employment or education or to some other undertaking: he signed up for a ten-week Spring course.
• enlist in the armed forces.
• (also
sign something up) conclude a business deal: the company has already signed up a few orders.

brush up on /brʌʃ ʌp ɒn/
improve one's previously good knowledge of or skill at a particular thing:
Brush up on your telephone skills.
My spoken French is quite good, but I would like to brush up a bit.
She took a two-week course to
brush up on her Spanish before she went travelling around South and Central America.

boil down to /bɔɪl daʊn tuː/
be in essence a matter of:
everything boiled down to cash in the end.
boil down to /bɔɪl daʊn tuː/
it all boils down to how much money you're willing to spend: COME DOWN TO, amount to, add up to, be in essence.

take up something /teɪk əp ˈsəmθɪŋ/
1 become interested or engaged in a pursuit: she took up tennis at the age of 11.
• begin to hold or fulfill a position or post: he left to take up an appointment as a secretary.
• accept an offer or challenge.
2 occupy time, space, or attention:
I don't want to take up any more of your time.
3 pursue a matter later or further:
he'll have to take it up with his boss.
• (also take up) resume speaking after an interruption:
I took up where I had left off.
4 shorten a garment by turning up the hem.
take up something /teɪk əp ˈsəmθɪŋ/
1 she took up abstract painting: ENGAGE IN, practice; begin, start, commence.
the meetings took up all her time: CONSUME, fill, absorb, use, occupy; waste, squander.
her cousin took up the story: RESUME, recommence, restart, carry on, continue, pick up, return to.
he took up their offer of a job: ACCEPT, say yes to, agree to, adopt; formal accede to.
take the skirt up an inch: SHORTEN, turn up; raise, lift.

get over
/ɡet ˈəʊvər/
1 recover from (an ailment or an upsetting or startling experience): the trip will help him get over Sal's death.
2 overcome (a difficulty).
get something over
1 manage to communicate an idea or theory: the company is keen to get the idea over.
2 complete an unpleasant or tedious but necessary task promptly:
come on, let's get it over with.
get over /ɡet ˈəʊvər/
I just got over the flu: RECOVER FROM, recuperate from, get better after, shrug off, survive.
get something over
we tried to get over this problem: OVERCOME, surmount, get the better of, master, find an/the answer to, get a grip on, deal with, cope with, sort out, take care of, crack, rise above; informal lick.

fall for /fɔːl fər/
1 be captivated by; fall in love with.
2 be deceived by (something):
he should have known better than to expect Duncan to fall for a cheap trick like that.
fall for /fɔːl fər/
1 she fell for John: FALL IN LOVE WITH, become infatuated with, lose one's heart to, take a fancy to, be smitten with/by, be attracted to; informal have the hots for.
she won't fall for that trick: BE DECEIVED BY, be duped by, be fooled by, be taken in by, believe, trust, be convinced by; informal go for, buy, 'swallow (hook, line, and sinker)'.

make something up /ˈmeɪk ˈsʌmθɪŋ ǝp/
1 make up for serve or act to compensate for something lost, missed, or deficient: I'll make up the time tomorrow.
• make it up to compensate someone for negligent or unfair treatment: I'll try to make it up to you in the future.
make up (of parts) compose or constitute (a whole): women make up 56 percent of the student body | the team is made up of three women and two men.
• complete an amount or group:
he brought along a girl to make up a foursome.
3 put together or prepare something from parts or ingredients:
make up the mortar to a consistency that can be molded in the hands.
• get an amount or group together:
he was trying to make up a party to go dancing.
• prepare a bed for use with fresh bedclothes.
• Printing arrange type and illustrations into pages or arrange the type and illustrations on a page.
4 concoct or invent a story, lie, or plan:
she enjoyed making up tall tales.
make up /ˈmeɪk ǝp/
1 let's kiss and make up: BE FRIENDS AGAIN, bury the hatchet, declare a truce, make peace, forgive and forget, shake hands, become reconciled, settle one's differences, mend fences, call it quits.
2 exports make up 42% of earnings: CONSTITUTE, form, compose, account for.
Gina brought a friend to make up a foursome: COMPLETE, round off/out, finish.
the pharmacist made up the prescription: PREPARE, mix, concoct, put together.
he made up an excuse: INVENT, fabricate, concoct, dream up, think up, hatch, trump up; devise, manufacture, formulate, coin; informal cook up.
she made up her face: APPLY MAKEUP/COSMETICS TO, powder; (make oneself up) informal put on one's face, do/paint one's face, apply one's war paint, doll oneself up.

break up /breɪk əp/
1 the meeting broke up: END, finish, stop, terminate; adjourn; recess.
the crowd began to break up: DISPERSE, scatter, disband, part company.
Danny and I broke up last year: SPLIT UP, separate, part, part company; divorce.
4 informal
the whole cast broke up: BURST OUT LAUGHING, crack up, dissolve into laughter.
break something up
1 police tried to break up the crowd: DISPERSE, scatter, disband.
I'm not going to let you break up my marriage: WRECK, ruin, destroy.

look up to /lʊk ʌp tʊ/
have a great deal of respect for (someone): he needed a model, someone to look up to.
look up to /lʊk ʌp tʊ/
Jerry always looked up to his elder brother: admire, have a high opinion of, think highly of, hold in high regard, regard highly, rate highly, respect, esteem, value, venerate.

deal with /diːl wɪð/
[no object] take measures concerning (someone or something), especially with the intention of putting something right:
the government had been unable to deal with the economic crisis.
• cope with (a difficult person or situation):
you'll have to find a way of dealing with those feelings.
• [with adverbial] treat (someone) in a particular way:
life had dealt harshly with her.
• have relations with (a person or organization), especially in a commercial context: the bank deals directly with the private sector.
• take or have as a subject; discuss:
the novel deals with several different topics.
deal with /diːl wɪð/
how to deal with difficult children: cope with, handle, manage, treat, take care of, take charge of, take in hand, sort out, tackle, take on; control; act toward, behave toward.
the article deals with advances in chemistry: concern, be about, have to do with, discuss, consider, cover, pertain to; tackle, study, explore, investigate, examine, review, analyze.

verb [no object]
shake with a quivering motion:
the flame wavered in the draft.
• become unsteady or unreliable:
his love for her had never wavered.
• be undecided between two opinions or courses of action; be irresolute:
she never wavered from her intention.
Middle English: from Old Norse
vafra ‘flicker,’ of Germanic origin. Compare with wave.
the candlelight wavered in the draft: flicker, quiver, twinkle, glimmer, wink, blink.
his voice wavered: falter, wobble, tremble, quaver, shake.
he wavered between the choices: be undecided, be irresolute, hesitate, dither, equivocate, vacillate, waffle, fluctuate; think twice, change one's mind, blow hot and cold; informal shilly-shally, sit on the fence.

start off
(or start someone/something off)
begin (or cause someone or something to begin) working, operating, or dealing with something: treatment should start off with attention to diet | what started you off on this search?
• (start off) begin a meal: she started off with soup.
start off by -ing
he started off by thanking his hosts
start off on something
she started off on a lengthy explanation

gingerbread /ˈdʒɪndʒərbrɛd/
cake made with molasses and flavored with ginger.
Gingerbread house
A gingerbread house is a model house or similar structure made of gingerbread. The usual material is crisp ginger biscuit made of gingerbread – the ginger nut. Another type of model-making with gingerbread uses a boiled dough that can be moulded like clay to form edible statuettes or other decorations. These houses, covered with a variety of candies and icing, are popular Christmas decorations, often built by children with the help of their parents.

noun (plural wreaths /riːðz, riːθs/)
an arrangement of flowers, leaves, or stems fastened in a ring and used for decoration or for laying on a grave.
• a carved representation of a wreath.
• a ring made of or resembling soft, twisted material:
a gold wreath.
• Heraldry a representation of a wreath below a crest (especially where it joins a helmet).
• a curl or ring of smoke or cloud:
wreaths of mist swirled up into the cold air.
Old English
writha, related to writhe.
a wreath of dried flowers, a Christmas wreath: garland, circlet, chaplet, crown, festoon, lei; ring, loop, circle.

/sled/ (chiefly North American)
a vehicle, typically on runners, for conveying goods or passengers over snow or ice, either pushed or pulled, or drawn by horses, dogs, or a motor vehicle.
• a small lightweight vehicle, either on runners or having a smooth bottom surface, used for sliding downhill over snow or ice.
• another term for snowmobile.
verb (sleds, sledding, sledded) [no object] (usually go sledding)
travel or slide downhill over snow on a sled:
I know my kids would love to have one last snowstorm to build a snowman and go sledding | the two sledded down a snow-covered hill.
Middle English: from Middle Low German
sledde; related to the verb slide.
the snowy hills are alive with squealing children on their new Christmas sleds: toboggan, sledge, bobsled, luge, coaster; dogsled; sleigh, cutter.

rebuke /rɪˈbjuːk/
verb [with object]
express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions:
she had rebuked him for drinking too much | the judge publicly rebuked the jury.
an expression of sharp disapproval or criticism:
he hadn't meant it as a rebuke, but Neil flinched.
Middle English (originally in the sense ‘force back, repress’): from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French
rebuker, from re- ‘back, down’ + bukier ‘to beat’ (originally ‘cut down wood,’ from Old French busche ‘log’).
rebuke /rɪˈbjuːk/
she never rebuked him in front of others: reprimand, reproach, scold, admonish, reprove, chastise, upbraid, berate, take to task, criticize, censure; informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, chew out, ream out; formal castigate. ANTONYMS praise.
Damian was silenced by the rebuke: reprimand, reproach, reproof, scolding, admonishment, admonition, upbraiding, finger-wagging; informal dressing-down; formal castigation. ANTONYMS compliment.

rebuke, admonish, censure, reprimand, reproach, scold, reprove
All of these verbs mean to criticize or express disapproval, but which one you use depends on how upset you are. If you want to go easy on someone, you can
admonish or reproach, both of which indicate mild and sometimes kindly disapproval. To admonish is to warn or counsel someone, usually because a duty has been forgotten or might be forgotten in the future (admonish her about leaving the key in the lock), while reproach also suggests mild criticism aimed at correcting a fault or pattern of misbehavior (he was reproved for his lack of attention in class). If you want to express your disapproval formally or in public, use censure or reprimand. You can censure someone either directly or indirectly (the judge censured the lawyer for violating courtroom procedures; a newspaper article that censured “deadbeat dads”), while reprimand suggests a direct confrontation (reprimanded by his parole officer for leaving town without reporting his whereabouts). If you're irritated enough to want to express your disapproval quite harshly and at some length, you can scold (to scold a child for jaywalking). Rebuke is the harshest word of this group, meaning to criticize sharply or sternly, often in the midst of some action (rebuke a carpenter for walking across an icy roof).

trick /trɪk/
he's capable of any mean trick | their clever little trick cost us $500: stratagem, ploy, ruse, scheme, device, maneuver, contrivance, machination, artifice, wile, dodge; deceit, deception, trickery, subterfuge, chicanery, swindle, hoax, fraud, confidence trick; informal con, setup, rip-off, game, scam, sting, flimflam, bunco; archaic shift, fetch, rig.
I think she's playing a trick on us: practical joke, joke, prank, jape, spoof, gag, put-on.
conjuring tricks: feat, stunt; (tricks) sleight of hand, legerdemain, prestidigitation; magic.
(tricks) the tricks of the trade: knack, art, skills, techniques; secrets, shortcuts.
many people have been tricked by con artists with fake IDs: deceive, delude, hoodwink, mislead, take in, dupe, fool, double-cross, cheat, defraud, swindle, gull, hoax, bamboozle, entrap; informal con, bilk, diddle, rook, put one over on, pull a fast one on, pull the wool over someone's eyes, take for a ride, shaft, flimflam, sucker, snooker; literary cozen, illude; archaic chicane.

do the trick
informal achieve the required result.
every trick in the book
informal every available method of achieving what one wants.
how's tricks?
informal used as a friendly greeting: “How's tricks in your neck of the woods?”
not miss a trick
see miss.
the oldest trick in the book
a ruse so hackneyed that it should no longer deceive anyone.
tricks of the trade
special ingenious techniques used in a profession or craft, especially those that are little known by outsiders.
turn a trick
informal (of a prostitute) have a session with a client.
up to one's (old) tricks
informal misbehaving in a characteristic way.
trick someone/something out (or up)
(usually be tricked out) dress or decorate someone or something in an elaborate or showy way: a Marine tricked out in World War II kit and weaponry.
late Middle English (as a noun): from an Old French dialect variant of
triche, from trichier ‘deceive,’ of unknown origin. Current senses of the verb date from the mid 16th century.

fetch /fetʃ/
verb [with object]
1 go for and then bring back (someone or something) for someone:
he ran to fetch help | [with two objects] : she fetched me a cup of tea.
archaic bring forth (blood or tears): kind offers fetched tears from me.
archaic take a (breath); heave (a sigh).
2 achieve (a particular price) when sold:
the land could fetch over a million pounds.
3 [with two objects]
informal inflict (a blow or slap) on (someone): that brute Cullam fetched him a wallop.
informal, dated cause great interest or delight in (someone): that air of his always fetches women.
fetch and carry
perform a succession of menial tasks for someone as if one was their servant.
fetch up
informal arrive or come to rest somewhere, typically by accident or unintentionally: all four of them fetched up in the saloon bar of the Rose and Crown.
Old English
fecc(e)an, variant of fetian, probably related to fatian ‘grasp’, of Germanic origin and related to German fassen .
fetch /fetʃ/
he went to fetch a doctor: (go and) get, go for, call for, summon, pick up, collect, bring, carry, convey, transport.
the land could fetch a million dollars: sell for, bring in, raise, realize, yield, make, command, cost, be priced at; informal go for, set one back, pull in.