JVR3 Glossary

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a little bird told me

used to say that you have heard a piece of information about someone from somebody else

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alert

able to think quickly; quick to notice things; pozoren, bister.

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anthropomorphism

the representation of animals, gods, and objects as having human form or traits; antropomorfizem

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aquatic

living or growing in, happening in, or connected with water; voden

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arboreal

relating to, resembling, or living in trees; drevesni

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boastful

talking about yourself in a very proud way; bahav, domišljav

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captious

tending to find and call attention to faults; muhast

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carnivorous

relating to a person, animal or thing that eats meat; mesojed

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compassionate

feeling or showing sympathy for people or animals who are suffering; sočuten

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considerate

kind and helpful; uvideven, obziren

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gracious

courteous, kind, and pleasant; dostojanstven

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hard-edged

having a tough, driven, or sharp quality; oster

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to have ants in your pants

to not be able to keep still because you are very excited or worried about something; imeti sršene v riti

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imaginative

good at thinking of new original and clever ideas; domiseln

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indifferent

not thinking about or not interested in someone or something; ravnodušen

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mad as a hornet

very angry; biti jezen kot gad

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obstinate

unreasonably determined and stubborn especially to act in a particular way; trmoglav

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omnivorous

feeding on both plants and animals; vsejed

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opportunistic

using a situation to get power or an advantage; koristoljuben

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perceptive

very good at noticing and understanding things that many people do not notice; pozoren

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pig-headed

showing unreasonable support for an opinion or plan of action and refusing to change or listen to different opinions; trmast

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quick-witted

able to think or respond quickly and effectively; bister

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restless

unable to stay still or be happy where you are, because you are bored or need a change; nemiren

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savvy

experience, knowledgable, and well-informed; brihten

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sceptical

having doubts about something that other people think is true or right; skeptičen

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self-indulgent

allowing yourself to have or do anything that you enjoy

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semiotic

relating to semiotics (= the study of signs and symbols)

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skittish

nervous or easily frightened; plašljiv, živčen

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sophisticated

Having, revealing, or involving a great deal of worldly experience and knowledge of fashion and culture; prefinjen

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take the bull by the horns

deal decisively with a difficult or dangerous situation; zgrabiti bika za roge

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tight-lipped

Having the lips closed tight (as in determination); reluctant to speak; redkobeseden

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till the cows come home

or a very long time, for ever; dolgo časa

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tusk

either of the two long, pointed teeth of some animals such as elephants; okel

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undetermined

unable to make a definite decision; neodločen

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vain

having or showing undue or excessive pride in one's appearance or achievements; Samovšečen

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vainglorious

showing too much pride in your own abilities or achievements; domišljac, nadut

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versatile

able to change easily from one activity to another or able to be used for many different purposes; vsestranski

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to waffle

to talk or write a lot without giving any useful information or any clear answers; nakladati

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willpower

the ability to control your own thoughts and the way in which you behave; moč volje

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witty

showing or characterized by quick and inventive verbal humour; duhovit

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wouldn't hurt a fly

they are gentle and would not do anything to injure or offend anyone; še mravlje ne bi pohodil

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let sleeping dogs lie

avoid interfering in a situation

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to hardly get a word in the edgeways

you aren't able to say anything because somebody keeps talking/ talks so much

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To have a frog in one's throat

hoarseness, when something is making you cough

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pink elephants

any visual hallucination arising from heavy drinking

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a white elephant

something that is expensive, or that costs a lot of money to keep in good condition, but that has no useful purpose and is no longer wanted

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the elephant in the room

there is an obvious problem or difficult situation that people do not want to talk about.

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(straight) from the horse's mouth

you have heard something from the person who has direct personal knowledge of it

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hold your horses

used to tell someone to stop and consider carefully their decision or opinion about something

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an eager beaver

a person who is willing to work very hard

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let the cat out of the bag

to allow a secret to be known, usually without intending to

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a cat nap

a power nap

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a mob of...

kangaroos

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a colony of...

bats

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a flock of...

sheep

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a pack of...

wolves

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a gaggle of...

geese

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a murder of...

crows

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a pod of...

whales

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a pride of...

lions

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camels

the ships of the desert

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camels in a line

camel caravan, camel train

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watch somebody like a hawk

to watch someone all the time, usually to make sure they do not do something bad

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cold turkey

the period of extreme suffering that comes immediately after a person has stopped taking a drug on which they depend

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wild-goose chase

a search that is completely unsuccessful and a waste of time because the person or thing being searched for does not exist or is somewhere else

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kill two birds with one stone

to succeed in achieving two things in a single action

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weasel out (of something)

to avoid doing something that you have agreed to do, especially by being dishonest

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doe-eyed (Bambi eyes)

someone who has an innocent, wide-eyed look

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red herring

a fact, idea, or subject that takes people's attention away from the central point being considered

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the rat race

a way of life in modern society, in which people compete with each other for power and money

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smell a rat

to recognize that something is not as it appears to be or that something dishonest is happening

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doomsday prepper

a person preparing for the end of the world; pripravljen/a na sodni dan

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bumfluff

the soft and fluffy growth of hair on the chin of an adolescent; puhek

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a shaul of...

fish

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to jump the gun

to start too early

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to leave one's stamp

to leave a distinctive impression

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apt

suitable, appropriate; primeren

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loom

to rise before the vision with an appearance of great or portentous size

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opulence

wealth, abundance

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crudity

the quality or state of being primitive, gross, or elemental or uncultivated

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bemoan

to complain, lament, bewail

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jab

to thrust, poke something (sharply)

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supplicant

somebody who begs, prays, ask for something (humbly)

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maiden

resembling a virgin, chaste women

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lacerating

tearing roughly, mangling, hurting

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gorged at

cut out, to scoop out

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paraphernalia

equipment, apparatus, or furnishing used in or necessary for a particular activity; personal belongings

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hog

pig

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punctilious

precise, demanding, careful, conscientious

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bundle

a package, a swag

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prestige

an essential quality, or strength

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ablution

a washing of the hands, body; cleansing ritual

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overflowing

filled to the point of running over

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maladies

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potion

a drink especially one having or reputed to have medicinal, poisonous, or magical powers

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rapport

relation, connection (usually sympathetic)

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