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to honour a promise/ contract/ agreement etc…
to do what you have agreed to do
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English:
Once again, the government has failed to honour its promises.
We pray that both sides will continue to honour their commitment to the peace agreement.
in somebody’s name/in the name of somebody
if something is in someone’s name, it officially belongs to them or is for them to use
The house is in my husband’s name.
I’ve booked a table in the name of Steinmann.
Entry (in a competition)
something that you write, make, do etc in order to try and win a competition
The winning entry will be published in our April issue.
What’s the closing date for entries.
submit /səbˈmɪt/ verb [ transitive] ( submitted, submitting)
to give a plan, piece of writing etc to someone in authority for them to consider or approve
submit a/an application/claim/proposal/competition entry. etc
All applications must be submitted by Monday.
inevitable /ɪˈnevətəbəl/ adjective
certain to happen and impossible to avoid
A further escalation of the crisis now seems inevitable
if you say or refuse something point-blank, you do it directly and without trying to explain your reasons
He refused point-blank to identify his accomplices.
told him point-blank that I didn’t want to get involved.
not the faintest/slightest chance/doubt/difference etc
no chance, doubt, idea etc at all
I didn’t have the slightest idea who that man was.
I don’t have the faintest idea what you’re talking about.
evade /ɪˈveɪd/ verb [ transitive]
to not do or deal with something that you should do
You can’t go on evading your responsibilities in this way.
You’re simply trying to evade the problem.
cost somebody their job/life/marriage etc
when something makes you lose your job etc
Joe’s brave action cost him his life.
His strong stand on the issue could have cost him his job.
Bad management could be costing this club a chance at the title.
not have a leg to stand on
informal to be in a situation where you cannot prove or legally support what you say
If you didn’t sign a contract, you won’t have a leg to stand on.
draw up phrasal verb
draw something ↔ up to prepare a written document, such as a list or contract
Draw up a list of all the things you want to do.
erstwhile /ˈɜːstwaɪl/ adjective [ only before noun]
formal former, or in the past
She found herself ostracized by erstwhile friends.
/ˈblæklɪst/ blacklist noun [countable]
list of people, countries, products etc that are disapproved of, and should therefore be avoided or punished
Friends of the Earth have produced a blacklist of environmentally damaging products. spell
noun /spel/ [countable]
a period of a particular
kind of activity, weather, illness etc, usually a short period
After a brief spell in the army, I returned to teaching.
a spell of bad luck
Water the young plants carefully during dry spells.
He began to suffer from dizzy spells. reputable /ˈrepjətəbəl/
respected for being honest or for doing good work SYN reliable OPP disreputable
If you have a burglar alarm fitted, make sure it is done by a reputable company.
contemplate /ˈkɒntəmpleɪt $ ˈkɑːn-/ verb
[transitive] to think about something that you might do in the future SYN consider
He had even contemplated suicide.
contemplate doing something
Did you ever contemplate resigning?
mainstream /ˈmeɪnstriːm/ adjective [only before noun]
accepted by or involving most people in a society
Deaf children can often be included in mainstream education.
the mainstream political parties
phoney (also phony American English) /ˈfəʊni $ ˈfoʊ-/ adjective informal
false or not real, and intended to deceive someone SYN fake
a phoney American accent
estimate /ˈestɪmeɪt/ verb [transitive]
try to judge the value, size, speed, cost etc of something, without calculating it exactly
be estimated to be/have/cost etc
The tree is estimated to be at least 700 years old.
estimate something at something
Organizers estimated the crowd at 50,000.
[plural] a good reason for doing, believing, or saying something Grounds Noun [plural]
a good reason for doing, believing, or saying something
grounds for (doing/saying/believing) something
Mental cruelty can be grounds for divorce.
have grounds to do something
Did the police have reasonable grounds to arrest him?
abide by something phrasal verb
accept and obey a decision, rule, agreement etc, even though you may not agree with it
You have to abide by the referee’s decision.
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Cambridge Proficiency Listening Test 2 Part 3
You will hear part of a radio phone-in programme about consumer competitions that appear in magazines or are run by shops, in which advice is given to people who regularly enter them. For each question, choose the answer (A, B, C or D) which fits best according to what you hear.
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