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For the Love of English 01

Vocabulary

There will be 20 new words to learn every week, and you will find some other useful sections related to these words below. There is also the quiz by the end of the week to check if you can still remember these words. Come on! It's just a bit of fun, is it not?
Apparel

(n.) clothing, that which serves as dress or decoration; (v.) to put clothes on, dress up

Winter apparel should be warm and cozy.

Let’s apparel our cats for the party.

Synonyms: (n.) attire, garments; (v.) deck out

Antonyms: (v.) undress, unclothe, strip, denude

Besiege

(v.) to attack by surrounding with military forces; to cause worry or trouble

If troops besiege their stronghold, the rebel forces may be forced to surrender. 

Synonyms: blockade, encircle, pressure, hound

Compress

(v.) to press together, to reduce in size or volume; (n.) a folded cloth or pad applied to an injury

The editor helped to compress my rambling 25-page mystery into an 8-page thriller.

A cold compress may soothe headache pain.

Synonyms: (v.) condense, shrink, shorten

Antonyms: (v.) expand, enlarge

Denounce

(v.) to condemn openly; to accuse formally

The United Nations decided to publically denounce the tyrant’s crimes against his people. 

Synonyms: criticize, censure

Antonyms: hail, acclaim

Dispatch

(v.) to send off or out for a purpose; to kill; (n.) an official message; promptness, speed; the act of killing

We’ll dispatch a repair crew right away. 

He approved the request with dispatch.

Synonyms: (v.) slay (n.) report, communication

Antonyms: (v.) recall, withhold

Douse

(v.) to plunge into liquid, drench; to put out quickly, extinguish

I’ll douse the flames with the hose. 

Synonyms: submerge, soak, dunk, immerse

Antonyms: dry out, dehydrate, kindle, ignite

Expressly

(adv.) plainly, in so many words; for a particular purpose

At the meeting, parents expressly stated their approval of students wearing school uniforms. 

Synonyms: clearly, pointedly, explicitly

Antonyms: implicitly, accidentally

Famished

(adj., part.) suffering severely from hunger or from lack of something

The Vietnamese immigrants, new to a strange American city, were famished for news of home. 

Synonyms: hungry, starving, ravenous

Antonyms: well fed, full, satisfied, satiated

Forsake

(v.) to give up, renounce; to leave, abandon

I will never forsake my children, no matter what they do or say.

Synonyms: desert, disown

Antonyms: keep, hold on to, stand by

gainful

(adj.) profitable; bringing in money or some special advantage

I hope to find gainful employment that is pleasing to me. 

Synonyms: moneymaking, paying

Antonyms: unprofitable, unrewarding, nonpaying

Immense

(adj.) very large or great; beyond ordinary means of measurment

Alaska enjoys immense natural resources, but its severe climate makes these resources difficult to use. 

Synonyms: vast, enormous, immeasurable, gigantic

Antonyms: small, tiny, minute, infinitesimal

Inept

(adj.) totally without skill or appropriateness

The scientist is brilliant in the research laboratory but is inept at dealing with people. 

Synonyms: clumsy, unskilled, bungling, incompetent

Antonyms: skillful, accomplished, adroit

Ingenious

(adj.) showing remarkable originality, inventiveness, or resourcefulness; clever

The students found an ingenious solution to the math problem. 

Synonyms: imaginative, inventive, resourceful

Antonyms: unimaginative, unoriginal, uninventive

Instantaneous

(adj.) done in an instant; immediate

Most computer software is designed so that users can obtain nearly instantaneous responses. 

Synonyms: prompt, quick, speedy

Antonyms: delayed, slow, gradual

Irk

(v.) to annoy, trouble, make weary

Questions that show a student’s lack of attention irk the teacher. 

Synonyms: bother, irritate, vex

Antonyms: please, delight, cheer, gladden

Libel

(n.) a written statement that unfairly or falsely harms the reputation of the person about whom it is made; (v.) to write or publish such a statement

The celebrity accused her biographer of libel

It is a crime to libel others, no matter how you feel about them. 

Synonyms: (n.) slur (v.) smear, defame

Misgivings

(n.) a feeling of fear, doubt, or uncertainty

They had misgivings about joining the chorus because of its demanding 

Synonyms: worry, qualm, hesitation

Antonyms: feeling of confidence, assurance

Oaf

(n.) a stupid person; big, clumsy, slow individual

He generally moved like an oaf, so I was surprised to see how graceful he was on the dance floor. 

Synonyms: bonehead, dunce, clod, lout

Recede

(v.) to go or move backward; to become more distant

The town residents must wait for the flood waters to recede before they can deal with the terrible mess left behind. 

Synonyms: retreat, go back, back up, ebb

Antonyms: advance, come closer

Repast

(n.) a meal, food

Let’s get together after the show at Charlie’s Cafe for a late-night repast.

Synonyms: victuals

Collocations

Collocations are the habitual juxtaposition of a particular word with another word or words with a frequency greater than chance. In plain English, they are words that usually used together. Haven't you wondered about the most appropriate verb to use with a certain noun, or a more natural adjective, etc. We have already talked about the words above, but here, you will expand the usage of these words even further.
Denounce (verb)
  • ADV. angrily, bitterly, fiercely, strongly | publicly He was publicly denounced as a traitor. formally
  • PREP. for The government was bitterly denounced for the emergency measures. to Someone in the village must have denounced them to the authorities. 
  • PHRASES be widely denounced These new regulations have been widely denounced.
Inept (Adjective)
  • VERBS be, prove | become
  • ADV. very | quite | rather | politically, socially It would be politically inept to cut these training programs now. 
  • PREP. at He was rather inept at word games. 
Ingenious (Adjective)
  • VERBS be, sound The idea sounds quite ingenious. 
  • ADV. extremely, highly, most, quite, very a most ingenious device
Instantaneous (Adjective)
  • VERBS be Her death was almost instantaneous. 
  • ADV. almost, virtually
Libel (NOUN)
  • ADJ. alleged | criminal, seditious
  • VERB+LIBEL sue (sb) for | claim | deny
  • LIBEL+NOUN action, case, proceedings, suit | writ | law, lawyer | damages
  • PREP. against He has issued a writ for libel against the radio star Michael Clery. 
Misgivings (NOUN)
  • ADJ. considerable, deep, grave, great, serious
  • VERB+MISGIVINGS be filled with, harbor, have | express I felt I had to express my misgivings about her decision. | share She shared my misgivings about the planned weekend. | allay, quell
  • MISGIVINGS+VERB be/prove unfounded, be/prove well-founded
  • PREP. despite/in spite of sb’s~ He agreed, despite his misgconsiderableI viewed the process with grave misgivings. | ~about She had serious misgivings about the whole affair, but they proved unfounded. ~at He had considerable misgivings at the prospect of moving jobs. ~over The local people still harbored considerable misgivings over the flood of workers into their village. 
Recede (Verb)
  • ADV. a bit, a little, slightly His fine dark hair was receding a little. | further | gradually, slowly THe pain was gradually receding. | fast, rapidly The January flood waters receded as fast as they had risen. 
  • PREP. from These worries now receded from his mind.
  • PHRASES recede into the background/distance His footsteps receded into the distance.

Usage Notes

Usage Notes delve deeper in one or more of the words mentioned above to discuss the etymology of a certain word and the possible confusion there might be between this word and another word with a close meaning, pronunciation, or spelling. This part is for word geeks. Sometimes, there might be some extra bonus usage notes about other words as well.
ingenious, ingenuous, ingenuity

ingenious is the older word, having been borrowed from French in the 1400s. It is derived from the Lain ingeniosus, which means “talented, clever.” Ingenuous was first used in English in the late 1500s. The Latin from which it arose is ingenuus, “native, free born.” Both words have developed several senses since their first use in English, but the fundamental meaning of ingenious has always been “clever”:

…the plot is ingenious and the going is good-humored — New Yorker

ingenuous had some early use in the sense “noble or honorable,” but its primary use in English has been to describe a person or personality characterized by frankness and openness, owing either to good character or—now more often—innocence:

…the jolly, disarming, ingenuous friendliness of this farm boy — Johns Hopkins Mag.

ingenuity, although originally derived from ingenuous, does now serve as the noun of ingenious not its origin word, ingenuous.

Credible, Credulous, Creditable

credible If something is credible, it can be believed.

His latest statements are hardly credible.
This is not credible to anyone who has studied the facts. 

Note that credible is most commonly used with negative sentences.

credulous People who are credulous are always ready to believe what other people tell them, and they are easily deceived.

Credulous women bought the mandrake root to promote conception. 

creditable A performance, achievement, or action that is creditable is of a reasonably high standard.

He polled a creditable 44.9 percent.

Everyday, every day

everday is an adjective. You use it to describe something which is normal and not exciting or unusual in any day.

People could resume a normal everyday life.
things that were common and everyday to him but luxuries to them. 

every day is an adverbial. If something happens every day, it happens regularly each day.

Adam asked the same question every day

Human, humane

human means ‘relating to people’.

…the human body.
…human relationships.

humane means ‘showing kindness and sympathy, especially in preventing and reducing suffering’.

…a humane plea for mercy and compassion.
…the most humane method of killing badgers. 

moral, morality, morale

moral is used as an adjective, a count noun, or a plural noun.

When you use it as an adjective, it means ‘relating to right and wrong behavior’.

I have noticed a fall in moral standards.
It is our moral duty to stay.

The moral of a story is what it teaches you about how you should or should not behave.

The moral is clear: you must never marry for money. 

Morals are principles of behavior.

There can be no doubt about the excellence of his morals.
We agreed that business morals nowadays are very low.

 

morality is the idea that some forms of behavior are right and others are wrong.

Punishment always involves the idea of morality.
Sexual morality was enforced by the fear of illegitimacy. 

 

morale Your morale is the amount of confidence you have when you are in a difficult or dangerous situation.

The morale of the men was good on the battlefield. 

Common Mistakes

Common Mistakes are named common because they are as such, common, so anyone of us may make these mistakes from time to time. Don't be shy. Take a look, for you might learn something new in this section. The common mistakes are usually in using the words mentioned above, but sometimes, there might be some bonus words as well.
Ability

✖   These machines are destroying our ability of thinking.
✓   These machines are destroying our ability to think.

ability to do sth (NOT of doing):

Nobody doubts his ability to get the job done.
We need someone with the ability to work under pressure.

✖   I want to improve my ability of reading.
✓   I want to improve my reading ability.

reading/writing/teaching/acting ability:

Her acting ability was recognized at a very early age.

✖   I want to improve my ability of English.
✓   I want to improve my ability in English.

ability in a language or subject:

Sarah has demonstrated considerable ability in both maths and chemistry. 

 

Long

✖   I am afraid it will take long to improve my Spanish.
✓   I am afraid it will take a long time to improve my Spanish. 

Use take long in questions and negative sentences:

How long does it take to get to London by train?

Use take a long time in affirmative sentences:

It might take a long time to sort out the problem.

 

Majority

✖   The majority of houses in Germany have fitted carpets.
✓   Most houses in Germany have fitted carpets. 

The majority of (=more than half) is usually used in formal styles:

The majority of the government voted against the bill.

In other styles most (=nearly all) usually sounds more natural:

Most people have never even heard of him.

✖   The majority of members is opposed to the scheme.
✓   The majority of members are opposed to the scheme. 

 the majority + singular/plural verb:

The majority is/are in favor of abolishing the death penalty. 

the majority + plural noun + plural verb:

The majority of the voters are in favor of abolishing the death penalty.

 

Occasion

✖   The scholarship provided me with my first occasion to travel overseas.
✓   The scholarship provided me with my first opportunity to travel overseas.

✖   I never had occasion to take the Proficiency examination.
✓   I never had a chance to take the Proficiency examination. 

occasion = the time when an event happens:

I’ve been to Rome on several occasions. (=several times)

opportunity = a time when it is possible to do something that you want to do:

The meeting on Tuesday will be a good opportunity for you to make some new contacts.
She has considerable ability and should be given more opportunity to use it. 

chance = an informal word for ‘opportunity’:

If I had the chance, I’d like to be an airline pilot.
I’ve been so busy this morning I haven’t had a chance to sit down. 

✖   I remember that in the last occasion he had a very bad cold.
✓   I remember that on the last occasion he had a very bad cold.

on a particular occasion (NOT in):

I am honored that you have invited me to join you on this special occasion

Publicity

✖   I think governments should ban the publicity of tobacco.
✓   I think governments should ban the advertising of tobacco. 

If something is given publicity, there is an attempt to inform the public about it:

Scandals involving prominent politicians always receive widespread publicity

Advertising is the activity of trying to persuade people to buy something:

The big software companies spend millions each year on advertising

 

Weekly Theme - Passions: Reactions and Emotions

In the weekly theme section, Hungry Writer picks a theme and rallies all the related words around it, so next time when you strike that little blank paper of yours, your arsenal in a given topic will be a force to reckon with.
Verbs referring to having a strong desire that is hard to control
  • Pregnant women crave/have a craving for strange things like tuna and banana pizza.
  • I still hanker after/have a hankering for a bright red sports car. (Hanker is especially used about something you cannot have)
  • Young children often seem to thirst/have a thirst for knowledge. (To hunger for can also be used in the same way as to thirst for)
  • Sometimes my cousin just yearns to be on her own with no family responsibilities. (If you yearn to do/yearn for/have a yearning for something, it means that you want something that you do not have and, often, can never have.)
  • An Olympic gold is probably the most coveted sporting prize. (To covet something means to want to possess it very much.)
Verbs describing ways of reacting to other people's emotions

defuse = make a dangerous or tense situation calmer

Jane tried to defuse the tension by changing the subject. 

placate = stop someone feeling angry

Jim was very angry with his daughter and it took all her charm to placate him.

A useful adjective from placate is Implacable. (Note that the word placable does not exist.) It is used about someone’s opinions and feelings and means that they cannot be changed.

I cannot understand the implacable hatred that he still feels for his old rival. 

conciliate = end a disagreement between two people or groups by acting in a friendly way towards both sides

An independent advisor has been brought in to conciliate between the unions and the employer.

appease = end a disagreement by giving the other side an advantage that they are demanding (normally used in a disapproving way)

Although appeasing the enemy postponed the war for another year, it did not ultimately prevent it from happening. 

 

Some more words referring to being extremely happy

to rejoice = be extremely happy
Everyone rejoiced at the news of her recovery.

exultant = feeling great pleasure and happiness, usually because of a success
Sarah was in an exultant mood for weeks after doing so well in her exams.

jubilant = expressing great happiness especially at a victory
There were jubilant shouts as the results of the referendum were announced.

rapture = extreme pleasure or happiness (adjective = rapturous)
He listened to the opera with an expression of pure rapture on his face.

bliss = perfect happiness (adjective = blissful) Note that the adverb blissfully collocates strongly with happy, ignorant and unaware
They are blissfully happy even though they are poor.

And here are some colloquial expressions which mean to be very happy
You look full of the joys of spring today.
My daughter’s just had a baby girl. We’re thrilled to bits at the news.
I feel on top of the world. It’s great to have a good job again.
I’ve been floating/walking on air ever since I heard I got into drama school.
How did you feel when you scored the winning goal? – I was over the moon!

Allusions - Happiness

An allusion is an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly, and here is where Hungry Writer steps in to reveal those characters, events or places, which are used as allusions. As a writer, you can use these in your future writings, but as a reader, you will get to understand why Hercules is mentioned in a modern day novel, or what the heck do Penelope's tears have to do with a poem about World War II ... or who is Penelope in the first place?!
Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve In the Bible, Adam was the first man, created by God from the dust of the ground and  God’s  breath,  and  Eve the first woman,  formed from one of Adam’s ribs. They lived together in innocence  in the Garden of Eden until they  were tempted  to eat the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge.  As a  result of  this original  sin of  disobedience,  they were  banished from Eden.

Adam and Eve can represent a state of utter contentment, particularly when preceding the loss or destruction of such happiness.

We are Adam and Eve, unfallen, in Paradise.
GEORGE ELIOT The Mill on the Floss, 1860

Correggio

Correggio Antonio Allegri da Correggio (c.1494-1534)  was an Italian painter of the High Renaissance. His best-known works are a series of frescos in the Camera di San Paolo and other Parma churches, painted in a sensual style, with a soft play of light and color and striking use of foreshortening. These frescos often depict frolicking putti (cherubs) with an exuberance that captures the vitality and joyfulness of children.

The rush of conflicting feelings was too great for Maggie to say much when Lucy, with a face breathing playful joy, like one of Correggio’s cherubs, poured forth her triumphant revelation.
GEORGE ELIOT The Mill on the Floss, 1860

Dionysian

Dionysian In Greek mythology, Dionysus (also called Bacchus) was a Greek god, the son of Zeus and Semele. Originally a god of the fertility of nature, associated with wild and ecstatic religious rites, in later traditions he was a god of wine who loosened inhibitions and inspired creativity in music and poetry. ‘Dionysian’ and ‘Dionysiac’ usually describe frenzied and unrestrained aban­don or ecstasy.

He longed to be possessed by the spirit of Dionysian abandon.
DAVID LODGE The British Museum Is Falling Down, 1965

And the people in the streets, it seemed to him, whether milling along Oxford Street or sauntering from lion to lion in Trafalgar Square, formed another golden host, beautiful in the antique cold-faced way of Blake’s pastel throngs, pale Dionysiacs, bare thighs and gaudy cloth, lank hair and bell-bottoms.
JOHN UPDIKE  Bech: A Book, 1970

Oh, how Sir Gerald . . . would love to be able to wallow in that filth with such Dionysian abandon!
TOM WOLFE The Bonfire of the Vanities, 1987

Epicurus

Epicurus The Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-271 Be) founded a school of philosophy that espoused hedonism, described by Epicurus in one of his letters as: ‘We say that pleasure is the beginning and end of living happily.’ In his philosophy, happiness is achieved by becoming free from pain and anxiety by, among other things, freeing oneself from fear of the supernatural and death. A hedonistic or supremely happy state can be described as Epicurean.

Ten o’clock was the hour fixed for this meeting, and Wimsey was lingering lovingly over his bacon and eggs, so as to leave no restless and unfilled moment in his morning. By which it may be seen that his lordship had reached that time of life when a man can extract an Epicurean enjoyment even from his own passions-the halcyon period between the self-tormenting exuberance of youth and the fretful carpe diem of approaching senility.
DOROTHY SAYERS Have His Carcass, 1932

Hyperboreans
Hyperboreans In Greek mythology, the Hyperboreans were a fabled race worshipping Apollo and living in a land of perpetual sunshine and happiness beyond the north wind  (known as Boreas).
Lotus-eaters

The Lotus-eaters, as described in Homer’s Odyssey, are a  people who live in a far-off land and eat the fruit of the lotus which puts them into a pleasant state of dreamy forgetfulness in which they lose the desire to return to their homes.

Her presence brought memories of such things as Bourbon roses, rubies, and tropical midnights; her moods recalled lotus-eaters and the march in ‘Athalie’; her motions, the ebb and flow of the sea; her voice, the viola.
THOMAS HARDY The Return of the Native, 1880

The summons to this lotus-eating existence had come from my son, Nick … who had crowned his academic career by becoming Head of the Department of Social Studies in the University of Miami. He had also acquired a sizeable house with a swimming bath in the garden.
JOHN MORTIMER Rumpole’s Return, 1980

Nirvana

Nirvana is the final goal of Buddhism, a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self.

He began to feel a drowsy attachment for this South-a South, it seemed, more of Algiers than of Italy, with faded aspirations pointing back over innumerable gener­ations to some warm, primitive Nirvana, without hope or care.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD The Beautiful and Damned, 1922

Idiomatic Expressions

Idiomatic Expressions have always been a mystery because they are very specific, and they can be appropriate in one situation, but irrelevant or even rude in other situations. We will try to choose some common ones which can be used with minimum collateral damage.

Tom’s Day at Work

Tom works as a manager in a furniture store. Jack, his boss, is not happy about sales. Tom’s new advertising campaign hasn’t helped. Jack decides to fire him.

 

Jack:    Tom, I hate to break the news, but our sales were down again last month.

Tom:    Down again, Jack?

Jack:    Yeah. These days, everybody’s shopping at our competition, Honest Abe’s Furniture Store.

Tom:    But everything in there costs an arm and a leg!

Jack:    That’s true. They do charge top dollar.

Tom:    And their salespeople are very strange. They really give me the creeps!

Jack:    Well, they must be doing something right over there. Meanwhile, we’re about to go belly-up.

Tom:    I’m sorry to hear that. I thought my new advertising campaign would save the day.

Jack:    Let’s face it: your advertising campaign was a real flop.

Tom:    Well then I’ll go back to the drawing board.

Jack:    It’s too late for that. You’re fired!

Tom:    What? You’re giving me the ax?

Jack:    Yes. I’ve already found a new manager. She’s as sharp as a tack.

Tom:    Can’t we even talk this over? After all, I’ve been working here for 10 years!

Jack:    There’s no point in arguing, Tom. I’ve already made up my mind.

Tom:    Oh well, at least I won’t have to put up with your nonsense anymore! Good-bye to you and good-bye to this dead-end job.

Jack:    Please leave before I lose my temper!

after all

after all – despite everything; when everything has been considered; the fact is

You’d better invite Ed to your party. After all, he’s a good friend.

It doesn’t matter what your boss thinks of you. After all, you’re going to quit your job anyway.

at least

at least = anyway; the good thing is that…

We’ve run out of coffee, but at least we still have tea.
Tracy can’t afford to buy a car, but at least she has a good bicycle.

Note that the second definition of this phrase is “no less than”:

There were at least 300 people waiting in line to buy concert tickets.

break the news

(to) break the news = to make something known

Samantha and Michael are getting married, but they haven’t yet broken the news to their parents.
You’d better break the news to your father carefully. After all, you don’t want him to have a heart attack!

cost an arm and a leg

(to) cost an arm and a leg = to be very expensive

A college education in America costs an arm and a leg.
All of the furniture at Honest Abe’s costs an arm and a leg!

dead-end job

dead-end job = a job that won’t lead to anything else

Diane realized that working as a cashier was a dead-end job.
Jim worked many dead-end jobs before finally deciding to start his own business.

(let's) face it

(let’s) face it = accept a difficult reality

Let’s face it, if Ted spent more time studying, he wouldn’t be failing so many of his classes!
Let’s face it, if you don’t have a college degree, it can be difficult to find a high-paying job.

give one the creeps

(to) give one the creeps = to create a feeling of disgust or horror

Ted’s friend Matt has seven earrings in each ear and an “I Love Mom” tattoo on his arm. He really gives Nicole the creeps.
There was a strange man following me around the grocery store. He was giving me the creeps!

go back to the drawing board

(to) go back to the drawing board = to start a task over because the last try failed; to start again from the beginning

Frank’s new business failed, so he had to go back to the drawing board.
The president didn’t agree with our new ideas for the com­pany, so we had to go back to the drawing board.

go belly-up

(to) go belly-up = to go bankrupt

Many people lost their jobs when Enron went belly-up.
My company lost $3 million last year. We might go belly-up.

give someone the ax

(to) give someone the ax = to fire someone

Mary used to talk to her friends on the phone all day at work, until one day her boss finally gave her the ax.
Poor Paul! He was given the ax two days before Christmas.

lose one's temper

(to) lose one’s temper = to become very angry

Tom always loses his temper when his kids start talking on the telephone during dinner.
When Ted handed in his essay two weeks late, his teacher really lost her temper.

make up one's mind

(to) make up one’s mind = to reach a decision; to decide

Stephanie couldn’t make up her mind whether to attend Harvard or Stanford. Finally, she chose Stanford.
Do you want an omelette or fried eggs? You’ll need to make up your mind quickly because the waitress is coming.

no point in

no point in = no reason to; it’s not worth (doing something)

There’s no point in worrying about things you can’t change.
There’s no point in going on a picnic if it’s going to rain.

put up with

(to) put up with = to endure without complaint

For many years, Barbara put up with her husband’s annoying behavior. Finally, she decided to leave him.
I don’t know how Len puts up with his mean boss every day.

real flop or flop

real flop or flop = a failure

The Broadway play closed after just 4 days – it was a real flop!
The company was in trouble after its new product flopped.

save the day

(to) save the day = to prevent a disaster or misfortune

The Christmas tree was on fire, but Ted threw water on it and saved the day.
We forgot to buy champagne for our New Year’s party, but Sonia brought some and really saved the day!

sharp as a tack

(as) sharp as a tack = very intelligent

Jay scored 100% on his science test. He’s as sharp as a tack.
Anna got a scholarship to Yale. She’s as sharp as a tack.

talk over

(to) talk over = to discuss

Dave and I spent hours talking over the details of the plan.
Before you make any big decisions, give me a call and we’ll talk things over.

top dollar

top dollar = the highest end of a price range; a lot of money

Nicole paid top dollar for a shirt at the Banana Republic.
Wait until those jeans go on sale. Why pay top dollar?

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