Ideas in the Air

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  1. to tinker
    паять; to make small changes to something in order to improve or repair it (чинить на скорую руку)
  2. crude (prototype)
    very simple and basic in a way that is true but not complete (сырой, непродуманный)
  3. to strike out (on one’s own)
    to start doing something new or different, especially in order to become more independent
  4. to be a ball of fire
    be  full of energy and enthusiasm
  5. sombre (adj)
    • serious, or sad
    • EX: the sombre tone in her voice, sombre mood (≈ melancholy)
  6. by/in fits and starts
    • stopping and starting again many times, rather than progressing steadily
    • EX: The conversation went in fits and starts.
  7. longwinded (answer, explanation)
    using more words and taking more time than necessary to say something
  8. a long shot (inf) - mostly used as an adj
    an attempt or guess that is not likely to be successful but that is worth trying (a long-shot idea)
  9. to tantalize
    to tease someone by showing or offering them something greatly desired but inaccessible
  10. lo and behold  (often humorous)
    • used for introducing something surprising that you are about to tell or show someone
    • EX: He put her out of his mind. Then, lo and behold, months later, she turned up again. (и вдруг, вот те на, подумать только ;) )
  11. milieu
    surroundings, location, or setting; the particular people and society that surround you and influence the way in which you behave (≈ background)
  12. an underdog
    a person, team, or group that seems least likely to win a game, competition, election etc
  13. to precipitate
    cause to happen too soon or sooner than expected; bring on (ускорять)
  14. an allegation of sth/ that
    • a statement that someone has done something wrong or illegal even though this has not been proved  - голословное утверждение  Collocations: to deny allegations; make allegations against/about
    • someone
  15. turmoil
    a state of excitement or uncontrolled activity (суматоха, беспорядок) EX: He was too cool, too controlled: that unnatural stillness was masking a lot of emotional turmoil.
  16. to intercept
    to stop, catch, or take control of someone or something before they can get to the place they are going to (перехватить, послужить препятствием, преграждать путь)
  17. a liability to sth (count. in this meaning)
    hindrance, drawback, disadvantage (помеха, обуза, источник неприятностей)
  18. to come to terms with sth
    • to learn to accept and deal with an unpleasant situation or event, especially after being upset or angry about it for a long time (примириться) EX: She needed time to come to terms with her grief. (to stop worrying)
    • compare to "put up with"=continue tolerating it
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Ideas in the Air
article "Who says big ideas are rare?"
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