Do you know?

 what is the meaning of the word  'Dustup
' ?   


“Dustup ”


“The word is sometimes used in informal contexts to mean to have an argument or a fight with someone.”
“Dustup with someone?

 “Hey, there’s a big bump on your forehead. Did you have a dustup with someone?”

“I see. Well, I didn’t have a dustup with anyone. I somehow managed to bang my head against the wall. I did have a major dustup with Sujatha about the proposed conference.”

“That’s nothing unusual. You and Sujatha are famous for your dustups. I had a dustup with the new manager, yesterday.”

“Really? You have fought with your new boss already? What was it about?”

“He was giving my friend a hard time. Making fun of him, actually. I was in no mood to sit by and let him get away with it!”

“To sit by? In other words, you felt that your boss was doing something wrong.”

“And I was in no mood to allow it to continue. I put a stop to it. I am your friend. I cannot just sit by and watch you waste all your hard-earned money on a silly car.”

“Are we just going to sit by and let the students decide what is good for the university? Tell me, why were you upset with your boss?”

“He was telling my friend that he lacked the ability to think on his feet, and...”

“Think on his feet? Does it mean having the ability to think quickly?”

“Actually, it is the ability to think quickly in tricky situations — when you are under tremendous pressure. If you have the ability to think on your feet, you will come up with new ideas and...”

“And quickly come up with possible solutions to problems.”

“Very good. It also suggests the ability to make decisions quickly. Nowadays, most companies are looking for people who can think on their feet. They are not interested in those who just follow orders — those who merely do as they are told.”

“That’s true! Last week, the gas cylinder began to leak. Luckily for us, my mother was able to think on her feet and found a way to stop it.”

“That is a good example. When I was in school, I was never able to think on my feet.”

“I never had that problem. Listen, since I have the ability to think on my feet, do you think I will be able to get a job in your company?”
“If you join my company, you will probably end up having a dustup with everyone there.”

“I’ll probably have one with you every day. Tell me, is dustup written as one word or two?”

“Some people write it as one word. Others put a hyphen between dust and up.”

“Thanks. Let’s hope you don’t have another dustup with your boss before the year ends.”

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 what is the meaning of the word  'Lodestar ' ?   

This word has been in the news ever since the anonymous op-ed against the U.S. President Donald Trump was published in The New York Times. There is speculation that the author could be Vice President Pence because ‘lodestar’ is a word that he frequently uses in his conversations and speeches. The first syllable, by the way, is pronounced the same way as ‘load’. The term ‘lodestar’ was first used to refer to the polestar or the North Star. In the past, sailors used it for navigation. The word ‘lode’ originally meant ‘way’ or ‘course’. Sailors used the lodestar as a reference point to find their way home. Nowadays, the word is used to refer to someone or something that is seen as a model or guide. Like the actual star, this individual guides people; he sets an example for others to follow. The word can be used with things as well; the beliefs that you have which often determine your action can be referred to as your lodestar.

A few people sniggered when the Minister said that serving people had been his lodestar all through his life.
Federer still continues be the lodestar for many tennis enthusiasts.

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 what is the meaning of the word  'moonstruck ' ?   

Many people believe that the moon somehow influences the way human beings behave. There are many stories about how on a full moon night, some people transform into werewolves. When you say that someone is ‘moonstruck’, you are suggesting that the individual is acting in an odd manner — the person is in love and is therefore not himself; he is acting in a crazy or foolish manner.

Don’t pay any attention to Priya. She’s moonstruck.
When the actor stepped out of the club, moonstruck teenagers mobbed him.

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 what is the meaning of the word  'mollycoddle ' ?   

First you see how to pronounce it

The first word rhymes with ‘jolly’, ‘volley’, and ‘poly’. The ‘cod’ in ‘coddle’ rhymes with ‘god’, ‘pod’, and ‘mod’, and the second syllable sounds like the ‘dle’ in ‘middle’ and ‘fiddle’. The word, which is mostly used to show disapproval, is pronounced ‘MO-li cod-el’ with the main stress on the first syllable of ‘molly’. When you mollycoddle your children, you are being overly protective. The word also suggests that you indulge them too much; in other words, you make sure that all their wants and demands are met.

Like any grandmother, she took great delight in mollycoddling her grandchild.
I don’t understand why the government is mollycoddling the power industry.


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 what is the meaning of ' at loggerheads' 

The expression has been part of the English language for several centuries, and nowadays its use is mostly limited to informal contexts. When two individuals or two groups of people are at loggerheads, they strongly or violently disagree about something. They are engaged in a serious dispute and fail to come to an understanding of any kind.

The Administration and the students have been at loggerheads over fees.

Sheela has been at loggerheads with her father over how many people to invite to the wedding.


‘Loggerhead’ originally referred to a thick-headed tool made of iron. It had an extremely long handle, and shipbuilders used it to heat and melt tar. With the passage of time, the navy realised that loggerheads could be employed as weapons as well. When an enemy ship was sighted, sailors were ordered to melt tar, and then using the long-handled loggerhead, they proceeded to hurl the hot liquid onto the enemy ship when it came within range. When the two ships were close, sailors on both sides fought using the loggerheads as weapons.


 Do you know?

 the difference between mock and tease ?   


‘Tease’ is the more general of the two words. When you ‘tease’ someone, what you are trying to do is to have fun at the other person’s expense. You may say or do something in order to annoy him. For example, we usually tease a friend about his terrible haircut or about his terrible dress sense. We are having harmless fun at the other person’s expense — it is quite possible that both the teaser and the person being teased enjoy the experience. The word can also be used to suggest that you are deliberately saying things in order to hurt the feelings of the other person. The word ‘mock’ is mostly limited to formal contexts, and the use of the word suggests that the intent in this case is to laugh at and not laugh with the other individual. In this case, you say or do things in order to show your contempt for the person — the intent is to ridicule the individual. Unlike ‘tease’, one can mock an individual by imitating him/her.


Sarita is very sensitive. Please don’t even think about teasing her.

No one was amused when Rishi mocked the Principal’s stutter.

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 ballpark figure ?   


“Was there a big crowd? How many people turned up? Any idea?”

“I really don’t know. I don’t know the exact number.”

“Oh, I don’t need the exact number. Just give me a ballpark figure.”

“Ballpark figure? Does it mean to give a rough estimate?”

“That’s right! The expression is mostly used in informal contexts in American English. The word ‘ballpark’ is frequently used to refer to a stadium.”

“And since it’s difficult to figure out the exact number of people present in a stadium...”

“The expressions ‘ballpark figure’ and ‘ballpark estimate’ are used to mean ‘an approximate figure’.

For example, the flat will cost you ₹60 lakhs. It’s a ballpark estimate.”

“There must have been over a thousand people at the annual event. It’s a ballpark figure.”



Do you know?

Is it okay to say ‘hit up’? 

Yes, it is. The expression is frequently used in American English in informal contexts. When you ‘hit someone up’ for something, you usually want something from them — most of the time, it is money.

Arvind hit up Rajan for another ₹50,000.

Arvind, don’t waste your time trying to hit me up for a loan.

Nowadays, the expression has acquired another meaning. When you ‘hit up’ someone, you contact the person - usually by phone.

I’m leaving my number. But don’t hit me up unless it’s an emergency.

Sarita hits me up whenever there’s a problem with her computer.


Do you know?  

Word:  "Samaritan" ?
It was initially used to refer to a person who lived in the district of Samaria in Palestine. Nowadays, the word is mostly found in the expression ‘a good Samaritan’, meaning someone who helps others in their time of need. There is a story in the Bible about a man from Samaria who helps an individual who has been beaten and robbed.


1)Being a good Samaritan, Venu dropped us off at the bus stop.

2)Don’t worry. Some good Samaritan will help you with the luggage.



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