whitewash, washing, stain, varnish; gilding, gold leaf. 18. slosh, swill, Brit. Inf. swipes, hogwash, slops, mess; mash, wort. -adj. 19. washable, launderable, wash and wear; preshrunk, shrink-resistant, Trademark. Sanforized; nonbleeding, bled, faded,
washed-out, adj. 1. faded, bleached, blanched, etiolated; colorless, lusterless, lackluster, dull, dead, drab, flat, mat.
a. exhausted, spent, drained, SI. bushed, SI. pooped, SI. beat, SI. all in; dead-tired, dog-tired, bone-weary, dead one one's feet; tired out, worn out, played out, Inf fagged out, Inf tuckered out, Inf knocked out, Inf. wiped out, Inf. pooped out, SI. too pooped to pop. b. wan, pale, pallid, anemic; haggard, drawn, tired-looking, tired-eyed,
washed-up, adj. Informal, through, finished, SI. fini, SI. done for, SI. kaput, SI. shot, SI. SOL; over, all over, SI. all up.
waspish, adj. 1. resentful, spiteful, peevish, petu lant, querulous; touchy, testy, tetchy, thin-skinned, prickly, sensitive, oversensitive, hypersensitive, quick to take offense.
2. irritable, irascible, cranky, cross, cantankerous, feisty, huffish; splenetic, crusty, peppery; grouchy, crabby, grumpy, Inf. bitchy; ill-tempered, bad-tempered, temperamental, short-tempered, ill-humored, ill-natured, Inf. mean, Inf. ornery,
wassail, n. 1. toast, pledge, salute, salutation, cheer.
2. drinking bout, brannigan, drunk, potation, com-potation, bouse, guzzle, drunken carouse or revel, bacchanal, bacchanalia; spree, fling, bout, romp, carouse, carousal, revel; All SI. binge, bender, hellbender, bust, toot, tear, bat, jag, barhop, bar-crawl, Brit, pub-crawl.
3. celebration, gala, gala affair, Inf. shindig, SI. hot time.
-v. 4. carouse, revel, roister, make merry, cut loose, let loose, Inf. step out, whoop it up, SI. make whoopee; drink, tipple, tope, bouse, Inf booze, SI. hit the bottle or booze or sauce, SI. souse, SI. scoop a few, SI. knock a few back; go on a spree, make the rounds, SI. tie one on, SI. go on a drunk or binge or bender, SI. paint the town red, SI. barhop, SI. bar-crawl, Brit. SI. pub-crawl; debauch, dissipate, wanton, sow wild oats; overindulge, overdo, burn the candle at both ends.
5. toast, drink a toast to, drink to, pledge, drink or pledge the health of.
waste, v. 1. squander, fritter away, fool away, dissipate, lose, misuse, misspend; expend, consume, use up, drain, exhaust, deplete; throw away, burn up, run through, go through, SI. blow; disperse, scatter, spill, muddle away; splurge, lavish, play the profligate, SI. hang the expense; misapply, misemploy, overdraw, impoverish, spend recklessly; throw money away, spend money like water, throw good money after bad, play ducks and drakes with, spend money as if it grew on trees or were going out of style; (of time) kill, while away, pass.
2. wear away, erode, dwindle, eat away, gnaw away; reduce, diminish, decrease, lessen, lower, cut, cut back, shorten; ablate, corrode, wash away, rub away, disintegrate.
3. deteriorate, degenerate, worsen, regress; decline, fall, slip, go downhill, run down; decay, wither, atrophy, wear out, crumble, molder; fag, wilt, pine, languish, shrivel, shrink; emaciate, weaken, enfeeble, macerate, break down; perish, wane, ebb, die, subside, slump, slide; dry up, wizen, fade, droop, run to seed.
4. destroy, devastate, ruin, lay waste, demolish, wreck; ravage, pillage, plunder, sack, spoil, spoliate,
My Account / Test History
Most children in England and Wales follow this route in the state system (= free education).
• You go to school (as a pupil to study) and go to university (as a student to study). You don’t use the definite article ‘the’ here. Other expressions like this are go to bed (to sleep); go into hospital (when you are ill); go to church (to pray / to worship).
• In some areas of the UK there are not many grammar schools.
• There are also public schools. In fact, these are private, and parents pay to send their children there. Some are expensive. About 5% of the population go to public schools.
A school timetable
Maths is an abbreviation of mathematics.
As you can see, the pupils have five lessons every day, and altogether they do (= study) eleven subjects a week plus Physical Education (PE). Every morning they have a twenty-minute break. There are three terms (= periods of continuous work) in a school year, and the timetable changes every year.
Note: Some words in English which end in ‘s’ look plural, but in fact they are singular: Maths isn’t my favourite subject, and physics is very difficult.
Most nouns of this type refer to subjects; other examples are economics and politics.