a cut above
Someone or something that is a cut above the others is better or of higher quality.
The articles in this magazine are a cut above the others.
Enjoying something which is not generally held in high regard, while at the same time feeling a bit guilty about it, is called a guilty pleasure.
Reading gossip magazines is a guilty pleasure for many women… and some men too!
laugh up one's sleeve
If you laugh up your sleeve, you are secretly amused at another person's problems or difficulties.
Tom felt that his demonstration was confusing and that his colleague was laughing up his sleeve.
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.
put up with-Tolerate
I don't know how you can put up with all the noise.
settle for-Accept something not quite satisfactory.
I was hoping for a better proposal but I'll settle for the amount you offer.
Common Mistakes and
Confusing Words in English
experience / experience (s)
Experience can be used as an uncountable noun. You use it when you're talking about knowledge or skill which is obtained from doing, seeing or feeling things.
For example: Do you have any experience of working internationally?
Experience(s) is also a countable noun, but when you use it the countable form you are talking about a particular incident or incidents that affect you.
For example: It was interesting hearing about his experiences during the war.
Experience can also be a verb. It means something that happens to you, or something you feel.
For example: When I first moved to Germany I experienced a lot of problems
NEW WORDS IN ENGLISH
cosmeceutical- A pharmaceutical product with beneficial effects on the skin e.g. anti-ageing creams containing a product that changes the cell biology.
docusoap Blend of 'documentary' and 'soap'.(soap opera: sentimental TV serial) A 'docusoap' is a reality television programme in the style of a documentary.
e-lancer- A professional person who works from home and sells their services on the internet.