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In short

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 May, 2010, 12:00am
 

'Short words are best and old words best of all'

Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) - English statesman and writer

Short cuts

Here are a few short nouns that Winston Churchill might have liked. What do they mean?

1 a short cut

a. a type of hair style popular in the Navy

b. a quick way of doing something to save time

2 a shortlist

a. a list of people who have been chosen to be considered for a job or a prize

b. a published list of each month's bestselling downloads

3 a short ball

a. a small, sweet drink with plums

b. a ball that is pitched relatively near the batsman during a game of cricket

4 a short circuit

a. a bad electrical connection that often damages the whole power supply to a house or flat

b. a running track for practising sprints

5 a short, sharp shock

a. an electric shock

b. a form of punishment that is quick and effective

6. a short back and sides

a. a haircut that's popular with short people

b. a men's hairstyle where the hair is short at the back and sides of the head but left long on top

Short adjectives

Choose the correct definition for these adjectives and then use them to complete the sentences.

1 short-staffed

a. someone carrying a short walking stick

b. not having the usual or necessary numbers of workers

2 short and sweet

a. a small dessert containing a lot of calories

b. happily not lasting a long time

3 short-sighted

a. not thinking enough about how an action will affect the future

b. someone who can only see things far away

4 short-lived

a. a child

b. lasting only for a short period of time

5 short-tempered

a. easily losing your temper for no good reason

b. easily put into a good mood

1 Your plan to go to the gym every day was very ................................

2 Stop shouting! I don't know why you've become so ......................

3 That was over quickly. The boss' speeches are always .............................

4 I've been doing overtime for almost a month. We are very ..........................

5 It was ........................ of the boss to give the job to someone with so little experience.

In short supply

Here are five 'short' phrases and their meanings. Pick the correct one for each sentence.

a to cut someone short

- to stop someone doing something before they have finished

b to be short of something

- not to have enough of something

c to be in short supply

- to be limited in number

d to have a short fuse

- to get angry very easily

e to be taken short

- to suddenly have to go to the toilet

1 I was going to make a cake tonight but ......................... butter.

2 Brains ...................... in this class!

3 He's always losing his temper. He's .........................

4 I was really embarrassed. I was .......................... in the middle of the debate and had to leave the room.

5 Will you please let me finish and not ....................... every time I say something you don't agree with?

Answers:

May 12

Plug it in: 1. a, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a, 5. b, 6. b

Which appliance: 1. freezer, 2. blender, 3. hob, 4. dishwasher, 5. fridge, 6. spin dryer

More appliances: 1. electric whisk, 2. vacuum cleaner, 3. juicer, 4. dicer, 5. iron, 6. kettle

Which ad line: 1. kettle, 2. blender, 3. toaster, 4. iron

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