3. cease, desist, cease and desist, discontinue, leave off, quit, call it a day, Inf. knock off, Inf. call it quits, hang up one's tools, shut down, close down; come to an end, finish up, conclude, draw to a close, run its course; pause, take a break or breather, break off, lapse. -n. 4. stop, stoppage cessation, desistance, discontinuance, stay, standstill; pause, interval, interlude, intermission, break, hiatus, Prosody, caesura; recess, rest, respite, breather, breathing spell or space, time-out.
halt2, v. 1. falter, hesitate, pause; stammer, stutter, sputter, splutter, speak brokenly; stumble, trip, flounder, stagger, bumble, fumble, hobble, wobble.
2. boggle, scruple, have qualms or misgivings, be uncertain or unsure, be in doubt; think twice, take another look, linger over, be indecisive, be betwixt and between, not know one's own mind, get bogged down or lost in, be at sea; waver, fluctuate, sway, vacillate, tergiversate, shift, swing, shuffle, shilly-shally, seesaw, straddle the fence, go back and forth, be of two minds; equivocate, skirt, hedge, evade the issue, beat around the bush, hem and haw, hem, haw, mutter, mumble, hum, Scot. and North Eng. haver, Brit. Dial, mam-mer; delay, play for time, Inf. stall.
halter, n. 1. bridle, harness, headstall, headgear, hackamore; lasso, leash, checkrein, rein, line, rope, thong; governor, control, restraint, trammel, check, curb.
2. noose, hangman's noose or knot, bowstring, gar-rote, strangler; gallows, gibbet, scaffold, Archaic. bough, Brit. Tyburn tree; hanging, execution, capital punishment, death.
halve, v. cut in half, split in two, split, divide, bisect, dichotomize, sever or sunder in two, Obs. dimidiate; share equally, go in together, Inf. go Dutch.
ham, n. 1. Theater Slang, overdramatic actor, Archaic. histrionic; Inf. show-off, exhibitionist, flaunter; Sl. hotshot, Sl. hot dog, grandstander.
-v. 2. Theater Slang, overact, overdramatize, milk a scene, play it for all it's worth, out-Herod Herod, ham it up; make a scene, be theatrical, sentimentalize.
hamlet, n. village, dorp, Archaic, thorp, Amer. Ina. pueblo, crossroads; Inf. jerkwater town, Sl. hick town; town, municipality.
hammer, n. 1. beetle, claw hammer, sledge, sledge hammer, fuller, kevel, maul, rammer, martel; gavel, tapper, mallet, tamper; Firearms, cock.
-v. 2. beat, batter, pound, pommel, pummel, pelt, Sl. paste; cudgel, fustigate, bludgeon, baste, cane, bastinado, club, Sl. clobber; hit, strike, slap, Inf. slug, Inf. wallop.
hammer out shape, form, mold, forge; chisel, carve, cut, roughcast, block out; generate, create, fashion, model, manufacture, make, fabricate.
hammer out produce, cause, effect, bring about, accomplish, carry out, carry through, bring to pass; settle, finish, complete, resolve.
hammer away persevere, persist, attempt repeatedly; plod, drudge, labor, Sl. plug away; keep on, stay at, stick to, hold on, hold out.
hamper1, v. 1. encumber, cumber, hinder, inhibit, hold back; impede, retard, slow, handicap; obstruct, block, oppilate, cramp, choke, smother; frustrate, thwart, interfere with; control, limit, circumscribe, confine, restrict; restrain, check, curb, shackle, bridle, muzzle, trammel; bar, blockade, barricade.
2. curtail, reduce, decrease, diminish, lessen, cut, cut short, cut down, cut back.
hamper2, n. basket, creel, pannier, dosser, punnet, Brit, scuttle, bucket; wicker, wickerwork, hanaper, receptacle, container, holder, box, case, vessel.
hamstring, v. 1. hock, cut [s.o.'s] hamstring; cripple, becripple, lame, make lame; injure, impair, disa-
My Account / Test History
Note: For boys, the period between 14-17 approximately (slightly younger for girls) is called adolescence, i.e. you are an adolescent. In law you are an adult at the age of 18, but many people think of you as an adult when you leave school.
Childhood and adolescence
Sam (on the right) was born in Scotland but when he was two, his father got a new job in London and he grew up in the south of England He went to university at 18 where he ...
... where he met Anthea. He went out with her (= she was his girlfriend; he was her boyfriend) for three years, but towards the end they had lots of rows (= arguments) and they split up (= broke up / separated). In his mid twenties ...
... in his mid twenties he met Maureen. They fell in love and got married within six months.
A year later she got pregnant and they had their first child, a boy. As you can see, she is now expecting their second child (to be pregnant = to be expecting a baby). But sadly Sam met another woman and he left Maureen two months ago to live with the other woman.