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quirky • stockpile • extend
plain • dissipate
  1. Do you know how to the life of cut flowers?
  2. I like his personality because he says and does what he wants.
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  4. Do you want butter on your potato or just ?
  5. After she burned the toast she opened all the windows in the house so the smell would .
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383 Batteries
Mary talks about an interesting place she keeps her batteries.

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It's a little quirky habit of mine.

When something is quirky it means that it is a little out of the ordinary. A 'quirky habit' is one that not many people have.

Notice the following:

  1. I like quirky clothes and jewellery.
  2. She is a little quirky.


I've got into the habit of stockpiling batteries and keeping them in the fridge.

When you 'stockpile' something it means that you collect it to make sure that you have plenty and do not run out.

Notice the following:

  1. I stockpile tins of food for the winter
  2. It is a really good idea to stockpile wood for the open fire so that you have always got a good supply of fuel.

extend the life

I read somewhere a long time ago that that's how you extend the life of batteries by keeping them cool.

When you 'extend the life' of something it means that you keep it going for longer than normal by performing a special action.

Notice the following:

  1. You extend your life by making sure you have lots of exercise and eat healthily.
  2. I plan on extending the life of my car by keeping it in mint condition.


I steam them for about 10 minutes or so and eat them just perfectly plain, a little salt and a little pepper, that's about it.

When something is 'plain' it means that it has had nothing added to it and is in its simplest form.

Notice the following:

  1. I like my food plain and without any spices added to it.
  2. The curtains are plain and very simple.


There's ways you can dissipate the bitterness with a little bit of butter or salt.

When something 'dissipates' it means that it disperses and reduces as it does so. We use dissipate to describe something that spreads out and then slowly fades away.

Notice the following:

  1. The smoke dissipated as it went into the air.
  2. The crowds dissipate quickly after the concert finishes.