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CHECKOUT tʃɛkˌaʊt

21 September 2014


  • the place in a shop or supermarket where you pay.
Example Sentence: When he went to the checkout he realised he had no money.


20 September 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • to cancel an event.
Example Sentence: They called off the meeting as there wasn't a room available.

BRISK brɪsk

19 September 2014


  • quick and lively.
Example Sentence: Business has been brisk this morning; we've sold 500 units already.

BOOM bum

18 September 2014


  • a period of economic improvement and increased consumption.
Example Sentence: There was a boom in the 1980s in the UK.


17 September 2014


  • a receipt from a carrier confirming that the goods have been received.
Example Sentence: States may require freight carriers to provide their bill of lading.

BENEFICIARY bɛnəˈfɪʃiˌɛri

16 September 2014


  • the person who will receive something.
Example Sentence: I was the sole beneficiary in my father's will.

BANKER’S DRAFT bæŋkərs dræft

15 September 2014


  • a written promise from a bank to pay money, especially to another bank.
Example Sentence: We require a banker's draft to secure the deal.

APPOINT əˈpɔɪnt

14 September 2014


  • to officially give somebody a job, task or responsibility
Example Sentence: He was appointed as head of the investigation.

ALLIANCE əˈlaɪəns

13 September 2014


  • a group which is held together by an agreement, especially political or military.
Example Sentence: The UK and US formed a military alliance in Iraq.

ACQUISITION ækwəˈzɪʃən

12 September 2014


  • the process of getting or buying something, especially another business
Example Sentence: The company will pay $210 million in cash to complete the acquisition.

PLAY DOWN pleɪ daʊn

11 September 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • make appear less serious.
Example Sentence: The manager played down the seriousness of the situation.

LOOK UP lʊk ʌp

10 September 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • look good for the future.
Example Sentence: After years of poor performance, things are finally beginning to look up.

PUT DOWN pʊt daʊn

09 September 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • add.
Example Sentence: You can put my name down on the list.

LEVEL OFF lɛvəl ɔf

08 September 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • stop increasing.
Example Sentence: Prices levelled off in mid-June.

HAND OVER hænd oʊvər

07 September 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • give.
Example Sentence: He finally handed over the keys.
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