The English Corner 4 December

Posted Date : 04-Dec-2017

hitch one's wagon to a star

Someone who hitches their wagon to a star has great ambitions and is very determined to reach their goal.
At an early age she decided to hitch her wagon to a star and become famous.

just desserts
When someone gets their just desserts, they are rewarded or punished according to what they deserve.
Liz got her just desserts when she was excluded from the committee. She is totally unreliable.
kick the bucket
To kick the bucket is a lighthearted way of talking about death.
He will inherit when his grandfather kicks the bucket.

 Phrasal Verbs
A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb. Below you will find a list of phrasal verbs in alphabetical order with their meaning and an example of use.
make up- Invent (excuse, story)    
Some employees make up excuses when they arrive late for work.
ring back- Return a phone call  (Also: call back)
John rang and asked if you could ring him back.

Synonyms and Antonyms
adversity (noun)

1. bad luck or an example of this many people came face-to-face with life-altering adversity when the stock market crashed
Synonyms- of adversity misfortune, ill, knock, misadventure, mischance, mishap, tragedy
Words Related- to adversity calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster affliction, hardship, trial, tribulation, woe distress, misery, suffering, unhappiness defeat, failure, fizzle, nonsuccess curse, evil, sorrow, trouble accident, casualty blow, body blow, disappointment, letdown, setback circumstance, destiny, doom, fate, lot, portion
Near Antonyms- of adversity break, chance, fluke, godsend, hit, opportunity, strike, stroke, windfall accomplishment, achievement, success
Antonyms- of adversity fortune, luck, serendipity
2. something that is a cause for suffering or special effort especially in the attainment of a goal some overcame all the adversities of the Great Depression and rebuilt their fortunes
Synonyms- of adversity difficulty, asperity, hardness, hardship, rigor
Words Related- to adversity discomfort, inconvenience, nuisance affliction, trial, tribulation knock, misfortune, mishap, tragedy bar, catch, check, clog, crimp, embarrassment, handicap, hindrance, hitch, hurdle, impediment, interference, let, manacle, obstacle, obstruction, pons asinorum, rub, shackle, snag, stop, trammel block, chain, deterrent, encumbrance, fetter, inhibitio hump
Near Antonyms- of adversity advantage, break, opportunity


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