Jeeves and Wooster Season 1 Episode 1 (vocabulary)

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Me and my husband Vladimir prepared a vocabilary set for the first episode of our favorite TV series Jeeves and Wooster

Here one can watch this episode and here is the set of cards on

Almost every word or collocation is illustrated by an example from the series. Words are ordered chronologically.

heinous (formal) if you describe something such as a crime as heinous, you mean that it is extremely evil or horrible

  • I have seldom heard a tale of such heinous iniquity.

iniquity the fact of being very unfair or wrong; sth that is very unfair or wrong

  • I have seldom heard a tale of such heinous iniquity.
  • the iniquity of racial prejudice

seat of learning a place where people are educated

  • Can our seats of learning produce barbarians so lost to decency.
  • the Sorbonne is a world-famous seat of learning.


  1. honest, polite behaviour that follows accepted moral standards and shows respect for others
  • Can our seats of learning produce barbarians so lost to decency.
  • Her behaviour showed a total lack of common decency.
  • Have you no sense of decency?
  • He might have had the decency to apologize.
  1. (formal) the + plural standards of behaviour in society that people think are acceptable
  • the basic decencies of civilized society

make off with sth steal sth and hurry away with it

  • ...that their highest ambition is to steal a hard-working police constable's helmet and make off with it?

guilty as charged виновный по всем пунктам обвинения


  1. to need sth; to depend on sb/sth
  • I was given to understand that you required a valet
  • These pets require a lot of care and attention.
  • Do you require anything else?
  • True marriage requires us to show trust and loyalty.
  1. (often passive) to make sb do or have sth, especially because it is necessary according to a particular law or set of rules
  • 'Hamlet' is required reading (= must be read) for this course.
  • We require that you comply with the following rules

preparation a substance that has been specially prepared for use as a medicine

  • It's a little preparation of my own invention
  • preparations for the hair and skin

invigorate [ɪnˈvɪɡəreɪt] (often passive) to make sb feel healthy and full of energy

  • Gentlemen have told me they find it extremely invigorating after a late evening
  • They felt refreshed and invigorated after the walk.

engage sb (formal) to employ sb to do a particular job

  • You're engaged!
  • He is currently engaged as a consultant.
  • We will have to engage the services of a translator.

enquire (rather formal) to ask sb for some information

  • Could one ______ what...
  • I called the station to ______ about train times.
  • She ______d as to your whereabouts.

Comment: In British English people sometimes distinguish between enquire and inquire, using enquire for the general meaning of 'ask for information' and inquire for the more particular meaning of 'officially investigate'

be at liberty to do sth (formal) to be allowed to do something

  • I'm not __ _______ to divulge the ingredients, sir.
  • I'm not __ _______ to reveal any names.

divulge to give sb information that is supposed to be secret syn: reveal

  • I'm not at liberty to _________ the ingredients, sir.
  • Police refused to _________ the identity of the suspect.

briny (of water) containing a lot of salt

  • Forty seven ginger-headed sailors coming home across the _____ sea.


  1. to move something to a different place or position
  • We can't _____ him
  1. to change an opinion, idea, etc.
  • Public attitudes towards marriage have _____ed over the past 50 years.

snifter a footed glass that is wide at the bottom and tapers to the top, used for brandy and other drinks.

  • I was hoping to have ______ before lunch.

a sound idea блестящая мысль!

  • — I was hoping to have snifter before lunch. — A sound idea!

novel (adjective) different from anything known before; new, interesting and often seeming slightly strange

  • Well, novel, that.
  • a novel feature


  1. (especially with can/could, in negative sentences or questions) to tolerate or beat sth/sb
  • They can't abide mooses.
  • How could you abide such awful conditions?
  1. (arch and formal) to remain or stay in a place
  • abide with somebody
  • the right to enter and abide in the country

Comment: pt, pp abided; in sense 2 also abode.

moose (plural = singular) large northern deer with enormous broad flat antlers in the male

  • They can't abide moose.

elk (plural = singular, also elks) one of the largest types of deer, found in North Europe, North Asia and North America

whatsit any object or person whose name you have temporarily forgotten or do not know

  • Oh, I think it adds a certain whatsit.

give sb a hand to help, aid

  • Come on, Rogers, do give me a hand.


  1. to take or hold sth in a tight grip between the thumb and finger b. to hurt sb by holding their flash in this manner
  • He pinched the child's cheek playfully.
  • I was so amazed I had to pinch myself in case it was all a dream.
  1. (especially about shoes) to hurt sb because of being too tight

  2. ( pinch sth from sb, Brt informal) to take sth without owner's permission; to steal sth

  • It was a mistake pinching it.

be keen to do sth / on sth eager, enthusiastic

  • Eustace and I are rather keen to get in (the club)
  • Her parents were not very keen to her travelling alone.

stand to pay for sth for sb (no passive)

  • You very decently were going to volunteer to stand us.
  • She was kind enough to stand us a meal.
  • to stand all drinks all round


  1. (informal) of a good enough standard or quality
  • I need a decent night's sleep.
  1. honest and fair; treating people with respect
  • ordinary, decent, hard-working people
  1. acceptable to people in a particular situation
  • At lunch, you very decently were going to volunteer to stand us.
  • That dress isn't decent.

volunteer to offer to do sth without being forced to do it or without getting paid for it

  • At lunch, you very decently were going to volunteer to stand us.
  • Jill volunteer to organise a petition.

despair to stop having any hope that a situation will change or improve

  • It is young men like you who make a person with the future of a race at heart despair.

frivolous (of people or their behaviour) silly or amusing, especially when such behaviour is not suitable

  • Cursed with too much money, you do nothing but waste your time on frivolous pleasures.

drone a person who is lazy and gives nothing to society while others work

  • You are simply an antisocial animal, a drone!

self-reliant able to do or decide things by yourself, rather than depending on other people for help

  • You want someone strong, self-reliant, and sensible.
  • The idea is to make these women self-reliant.

counteract to do sth to reduce or prevent the bad or harmful effects of sth

  • You want someone strong, self-reliant, and sensible. To counteract the deficiencies of your own character.
  • These exercises aim to counteract the effects of stress and tension.

deficiency ~ (in/of sth) the state of not having, or not having enough of, sth that is essential

  • You want someone strong, self-reliant, and sensible. To counteract the deficiencies of your own character.
  • Vitamin deficiency in the diet can cause illness.

luncheon a formal lunch or a formal word for lunch

  • Sit down and eat your luncheon!

mould to shape a soft substance into a particular form or object by pressing it or by putting it into a mould

  • — She will mould you. — I am not a jelly.

dashed (a_djective only before noun, BrE, old-fashioned, informal_) used as a mild swear word by some people to emphasise sth or to show they are annoyed

  • What a pity! I am so sorry, I've got a dashed* important engagement this afternoon.

out with it (in imperative) say what you are thinking

rot (old-fashioned, BrE) nonsense; silly things that sb says

  • Oh, that's absolute rot, Jeeves!

blithering (old-fashioned, BrE, informal) complete

  • Perfectly blithering, my dear man.

steady on! (BrE) used to tell someone that what they are saying is too extreme

whereabouts used to ask the general area where sb/sth is

  • — I've been living in the country. — Really? Whereabouts in the country?

moolah (inf) money (бабки)

Origin: 1930s (originally US)

spondulicks (inf) money (бабки)

Origin: mid 19th century

tread (especially BrE) to put your foot down while you are stepping or walking

I worship the very ground she _____s on.

upright (of a person) not lying down, and with the back straight rather than bent

  • Strong and _____ and wonderful

have the nerve to do sth (inf, disaproving) If you say that someone ___ ___ _____ __ __ __________, you are criticising them for doing something which you feel they had no right to do

  • — Have you told her? — Not yet, I haven't got the nerve.

shove to push sb/sth in a rough way

  • Why don't you ______ him in?


  1. (sometimes humorous) a man who treats people in an unkind, cruel way
  • She's devoted to the little ____.
  • His father was a drunken ____.
  • You've forgotten my birthday again, you _____!
  • an ugly _____
  1. a large strong animal
  2. a thing which is awkward and unpleasant

Word Origin: late Middle English (as an adjective): from Old French, from Latin 'dull, stupid'.

make a hit with somebody to be liked very much by sb when they first meet you

  • But you still want to ____ _ ___ ___ her, don't you, Bingo?

flip a movement in which the body turns over in the air

  • You get the ____ forward first and disengage the chin strap.
  • (figurative) Her heart did a ____.

disengage (formal) to free sb/sth from the person or thing that is holding them or it; to become free

  • You get the flip forward first and _________ the chin strap.
  • She gently ________ed herself from her sleeping son.

chin strap a strip of leather, cloth or other material that is used to fasten sth, keep sth in place, carry sth or hold onto sth

barmy (inf) slightly crazy

  • — That's where _____ Fotheringay-Phipps went wrong on New Year's eve. — Is that a person?

dispute [dɪˈspjuːt] an argument or a disagreement between two people, groups or countries; discussion about a subject where there is disagreement

  • A Barmy? Well, there is some _____ about that.
  • ~ (between A and B) a ______ between the two countries about the border
  • ~ (over/about sth) the latest ______ over fishing rights

bruise a blue, brown or purple mark that appears on the skin after sb has fallen, been hit, etc

  • — But he must have been hurt? — Barmy? No, just a couple of bruises...

not a bit of it ничего подобного

vermin sg=pl

  1. wild animals or birds that destroy plants or food, or attack farm animals and birds
  • Foxes are ______, nasty cunning creatures. Like cats.
  • On farms the fox is considered vermin and treated as such.
  1. insects that live on the bodies of animals and sometimes humans
  • The room was crawling with vermin.
  1. (disapproving) people who are very unpleasant or dangerous to society

cunning able to get what you want in a clever way, especially by tricking or cheating sb

  • Foxes are vermin, nasty ________ creatures. Like cats
  • He was as ______ as a fox.

tapestry a picture or pattern that is made by weaving coloured wool onto heavy cloth; the art of doing this

  • It's a part of the rich tapestry of our island's story.

clement (formal)

  1. (especially of weather) mild and pleasant
  2. showing kindness and mercy to sb who is being punished
  • — What sort of the day is it, Jeeves? — Extremely clement, sir. With a promise of further fine weather to come.

blighter (old-fashioned, BrE, informal)

a way of referring to a person (usually a man) that you either find unpleasant or that you feel some sympathy for

  • Just a sort of the day for pushing cheeky young ______s off bridges

cheeky rude in an amusing or an annoying way (наглый)

  • Just a sort of the day for pushing ______ young blighters off bridges
  • You ______ monkey!
  • a ______ grin

checked в клеточку

  • Shall I lay out our grey flannel trousers and the _______ sports coat this morning, sir?

smitten (especially humorous) suddenly feeling that you are in love with sb

  • My friend bingo little is, well, more than a little ______ with a daughter of the house.

be enamoured of (formal) (often in negative sentences) liking sth a lot

  1. (formal) (often in negative sentences) liking sth a lot
  • ~ of sth He was less than _________ of the music.
  • ~ with sth (humorous) I'm not exactly _________ with the idea of spending a whole day with them.
  1. ~ of/with sb (literary) in love with sb
  • Mr Little is ________ of her, sir?

sap (informal, especially NAmE) a stupid person that you can easily trick, or treat unfairly

  • The problem is the poor ___ can't bring himself to pop the question.
  • The poor ___ never knew what was going on behind his back.

bring oneself to do sth to force yourself to do sth

  • The problem is the poor sap can't _____ ______ to pop the question.
  • She could not ______ _______ to tell him the news.

pop the question (informal) to ask sb to marry you

  • The problem is the poor sap can't bring himself to ___ ____ ________.

predicament a difficult or unpleasant situation, especially one where it is difficult to know what to do

syn: dilemma

  • A common enough _________, sir.

earmark to decide that sth will be used for a particular purpose, or to state that sth will happen to sb/sth in the future

  • Your employer fired, I must confess, by the fact that my Aunt Agatha has me _______ed for Honoria.

  • ~ sb/sth (for sb/sth) The money had been _________ for spending on new school buildings.

  • The factory has been _________ for closure.

  • ~ sb/sth (as sb/sth) She was earmarked early as a possible champion.

foolproof (of a plan, machine, method, etc.) very well designed and easy to use so that it cannot fail and you cannot use it wrongly

  • So, I came up with a ________ solution to the problem.

gratifying pleasing and giving satisfaction

  • This is very gratifying news, sir.

(the) apple of somebody's eye a person or thing that is loved more than any other

  • Miss Glossip's young brother, Oswald, is by way of being the apple of her sister's eye.

lure to persuade or trick sb to go somewhere or to do sth by promising them a reward (заманить)

  • My plan is to ____ Honoria to the vicinity of a bridge.

vicinity the area around a particular place

  • My plan is to lure Honoria to the ______ of the bridge.
  • Crowds gathered in the ______ of Trafalgar Square.

surreptitiously тайком, изподтишка

  • My plan is to lure Honoria to the vicinity of the bridge and then ______________ push the little blighter into the lake.

bulrush a tall plant with long narrow leaves and a long brown head of flowers, that grows in or near water (камыш)

  • Mr Little will then pop out from the ______es where he's been waiting.

imponderable something that is difficult to measure or estimate

  • It's just my opinion, sir, but your plan has too many __________s.

undertaking a task or project, especially one that is important and/or difficult

  • If I might say so, sir, any ___________ that requires the presence of four people in one place at the same time, while two of them are unaware of the fact, it fraught with the possibility of mishap.

fraught ~ with sth filled with sth unpleasant

  • If I might say so, sir, any undertaking that requires the presence of four people in one place at the same time, while two of them are unaware of the fact, it _______ with the possibility of mishap, sir.

mishap a small accident or piece of bad luck that does not have serious results

  • If I might say so, sir, any undertaking that requires the presence of four people in one place at the same time, while two of them are unaware of the fact, it fraught with the possibility of ______, sir.

balderdash senseless talk or writing; nonsense

flapdoodle nonsense

chum (old-fashioned, informal)

a friend

  • When you've been a little longer in my employ, you will come to understand that all my ____s rely heavily on your emoloyer's wisdom and knowledge of human nature.

conduct [ˈkɒndʌkt]

  1. a person's behaviour in a particular place or in a particular situation
  • The sport has a strict code of conduct.
  • improving standards of training and professional conduct
  • When you've been a little longer in my employ, you will come to understand that all my chums rely heavily on your emoloyer's wisdom and knowledge of human nature and the ______ of their affairs.
  1. ~ of sth the way in which a business or an activity is organized and managed
  • There was growing criticism of the government's conduct of the war.


  1. easy to see or understand Syn: clear
  • Not to mention my ____... thingness.
  • He made it ____ that we should leave.
  • She made her annoyance ____.
  • The facts were ____ to see .
  1. not trying to trick anyone; honest and direct
  • The ____ fact is that nobody really knows.
  • a politician with a reputation for ____ speaking
  • (especially NAmE) a ____, straightforward sort of man
  1. not decorated or complicated; simple
  • a ____ but elegant dress
  • ____ food
  • The interior of the church was ____ and simple.
  • ____ yogurt (= without sugar or fruit) Opposite: fancy
  1. without marks or a pattern on it
  • covers in ____ or printed cotton
  • Write on ____ paper (= without lines).
  1. only before noun used to emphasize that sth is very ordinary, not special in any way Syn: everyday
  • You don't need any special skills for this job, just plain common sense.
  1. (especially of a woman) not beautiful or attractive

pursuit something that you give your time and energy to, that you do as a hobby

  • Fishing is a good healthy _______ for a young lad.

lad (old-fashioned or informal, BrE) a boy or young man

  • Fishing is a good healthy pursuit for a young ___.

fathom to understand or find an explanation for sth

  • Boko couldn't _______ why anyone would want to catch flies.

toil (formal) hard unpleasant work that makes you very tired

  • — Do you work Mr Wooster? — Work? As in honest ____, you mean?

hew [hjuː]

  1. ~ sth (old-fashioned) to cut sth large with a tool

  2. ~ sth (out of sth) (formal) to make or shape sth large by cutting

  • ______ing the wood and drawing the old wet staff and so forth?

swear by sth (not used in the progressive tenses) to be certain that sth is good or useful

  • I've known a few people who worked, absolutely _____ __ __, some of them.

and so forth и так далее

wholeheartedly in a way that is completely enthusiastic and without any doubt

  • Well, I couldn't recommend it ___________, anyway.

an acquired taste

If you describe something as __ ________ _____, you mean that a lot of people do not like it when they first experience it, but often start to like it more when they get to know it better. Broad beans are very much an acquired taste.

  • Well, I couldn't recommend it wholeheartedly, anyway. He's an acquired taste, Boko.

broke stock обрушивать акции (?)

  • Boko has an uncle in the city, he _____s _____ or something.

fire on all cylinders work or function at a peak level of performance

  • I don't think either of them was ____ing __ __ ________, to be honest, at that time.

ensue to happen after something else, especially as a result of it

  • Anyway, chaos obviously ______d until Boko saw sense and gave it all up.

take turns to do something one after another in regular succession in order to share the responsibility or opportunity of doing it Syn: alternate

  • We had to ____ it _____ to go round and sit with him until he calm down
  • We ____ _____ washing the dishes

fill the bill to be what is needed in a particular situation or for a particular purpose

  • Some gentle pressure beneath the elbow crossing a busy street normally ___s ___ ____.

be on for sth (informal) to want to do sth

  • We're still on for that then, are we?
  • Is anyone on for a drink after work?

hither and yon (old-fashioned) here and there, in many different places

  • — What are you doing here, Bertie?
  • — Oh, you know... This and that, ______ ___ ___.

wastrel a good for nothing person, a person who does nothing positive with their life, making no use of their abilities or the opportunities that are offered to them

  • Bertie is a _______.

rummy (Br slang) peculiar, odd

  • This may sound a bit ______ and all that, but there is someone here who is frightfully in love with you
  • One of the _____ things about Jeeves is that, unless you watch like a hawk, you very seldom see him come into a room

whack up the ginger summon up the courage or spirit

  • He just can't ____ __ ___ _______ to tell you.

whack up делить на доли

posish (slang) short for position, situation

  • Well, anyway, that's the ______

row a loud, angry argument

  • I wish you wouldn't make all that ___

round about

  1. approximately
  • We're leaving _____ _____ ten.
  • A new roof will cost _____ _____ £3 000.
  1. in the area near a place
  • in Oxford and the villages _____ ______
  1. вокруг да около
  • First proposing me in that in that extraordinary _____ _____ way.

rush (countable) usually plural a tall plant like grass that grows near water (тростник)

  • I was just on my way to hide in those ____es.


  1. shining, bright; giving forth light or energy
  • I've met the most ___ and the most beautiful girl in the world
  1. obviously very happy, or very beautiful

handicap A golf _________ is a numerical measure of a golfer's potential that is used to enable players of varying abilities to compete against one another. Better players are those with the lowest ________s

under starter's orders

  1. (of horses in a race) awaiting the start signal

  2. (of a person) eager or ready to begin

  • Before we get Bingo ____ _______ _____ even, there is falling in love with his blessed six handicapper.

blench to move back or away suddenly or react physically because something frightens, disgusts (= shocks), or upsets you

  • At a cost to yourself which might have caused other lesser man to ______.

douse to make something or someone wet by throwing a lot of liquid over it, him, or her

  • A slight _____ing is no more than a chap might do for any chap under circs.

chap (inf, old-fashioned) a man

  • A slight dousing is no more than a _____ might do for any _____ under circs.

circs (inf) circumstances

  • A slight dousing is no more than a chap might do for any chap under ____.

overhear accidentally hear what other people are saying without their knowledge

  • I was downstairs a few moments ago and couldn't help but _________ miss Glossop announcing your engagement to her, sir.

chilly (of weather, conditions in a room, or parts of the body) cold

  • Is it getting ______ in here, Jeeves?

envisage to imagine or expect something in the future, especially something good

  • I find it difficult to _________.

bring out Something that ____s ___ a particular kind of behaviour or feeling in you causes you to show it, especially when it is something you do not normally show.

  • There is a lot of good in him, it simply wants _____ing ___.

take sb/sth in hand to start to be in charge of someone or something, especially in order to improve a situation or someone's behaviour

  • It's time I _____ ___ __ _____, Bertie Wertie.

exasperating annoying, especially because you can do nothing to solve a problem

  • It's noting at all, of course, it's only a little _________.

troublesome causing a lot of problems, especially over a long period of time

  • The Glossops are being a little _________.

by Jove expression of amazement or excitement syn: by God

  • __ ____! Really?

bet an amount of money that you risk on the result of an event or a competition, such as a horse race

  • Thinks I'm not a good ___, eh?

extensive covering a large area; great in amount

  • Bertie, a nerve specialist with his _______ practice.

warp to become, or make sth become, twisted or bent out of its natural shape, for example because it has become too hot, too damp, etc

  • Bertie, a nerve specialist with his extensive practice can hardly help taking a rather ___ed view of humanity.

of all the nerve (inf) used to express shock, disapproval, anger, etc.

  • Well, of all the ______ nerve!

raving complete or extreme uncontrollable

  • Well, if he thinks I'm a ___ loony...

impared damaged, less strong, or not as good as before

  • Sir Roderick can eat only the simplest of foods owing to an ___ digestion.

digestion пищеварение

  • Sir Roderick can eat only the simplest of foods owing to an impared _________.


  1. to make you become interested, expect sth etc.
  2. to wake someone
  • That is precisely the sort of idiotic remark that would be calculated to ___ Sir Roderick's strogest suspicions.


  1. happy and cheerful
  • a ____ crowd/face/mood
  1. (old-fashioned) enjoyable
  • a ____ evening/party/time
  • That's ____ of him, Jeeves.

sobriquet (formal) an unofficial title or name

  • I believe that is the ________, yes.

backward having made less progress than normal; developing slowly

  • He has the IQ of a _______ clam.

clam моллюск

  • He has the IQ of a backward ____.

toodlepip (inf, dated) goodbye

  • We'll see you later, __________!

moocher a person who tries to get something without paying or working for it

  • This is the story about Minnie the Moocher.

lowdown dishonest and unkind

  • She was a ________ hoochie coocher.

hoochie (inf) an insulting word for a woman who has had a lot of sexual partners or who wears clothes that allow large parts of her body to be seen and uses a lot of make-up in order to look sexually attractive

  • She was a lowdown ________ coocher.

coocher an erotic dancer or strip dancer

  • She was a lowdown hoochie ________.


  1. dangerous or violent
  • She was the ___est toughest frail
  1. not even or smooth, often because of being in bad condition


  1. strong; not easily broken or made weaker
  2. of a person, able to deal with difficult situations and not be easily defeated, frightened or upset
  • She was the roughest ___est frail.


  1. (especially of an old person) physically weak and thin
  • She was the roughest toughest ____.
  • Mother was becoming too _____ to live alone.
  1. weak; easily damaged or broken
  • the _____ stems of the flowers
  • Human nature is _____.

demotic (formal) used by or popular with most ordinary people (простонародный)

  • Unless it's one of the _______ American words for ardent spirits


  1. showing strong positive feelings about an activity and determination to succeed at it
  2. showing strong feelings of love (пылкий)
  • Unless it's one of the demotic American words for _____ spirits
  • An _____ lover

studed decorated with a lot of studs** or small jewels, etc

  • A platinum car with diamond ______ wheels.

** a small piece of jewellery with a part that is pushed through a hole in your ear, nose, etc

dispense with If you _______ with something, you stop using it or get rid of it completely, especially because you no longer need it.

  • Perhaps we should ______ the 'Sir' at the end of every line.

feudal [ˈfjuːdl] феодальный

  • It shows the proper ______ spirit and all that.

play (merry) hell with something to seriously damage or confuse something

  • It shows the proper feudal spirit and all that, but I am afraid it does play merry hell with the rhythm of the thing.

consommé In cooking, a ___________ is a type of clear soup made from richly flavoured stock or broth that has been clarified, a process that uses egg whites to remove fat and sediment.

___________ has three English pronunciations: traditionally in the UK, the stress is on the middle syllable; in modern UK English, the stress is on the first; and in the US the stress is on the last.

savoury (often pl) a small amount of a food with a salty taste, not a sweet one, often served at a party, etc. (закуски)

squash a drink made with fruit juice, sugar and water

to be/get carried away to be so excited about something that you do not control what you say or do

  • Just don't ___ _____ ______ with the excitement of the thing and start bringing in coffee.

indubitably in a way that cannot be doubted

  • — We'll show him, eh, Jeeves? — __________, sir.


  1. like glass; smooth and shiny
  • a ______ lake
  • a ______ material
  1. showing no feeling or emotion
  • Just don't let your eyes go ______.

padded cell a special room in a hospital for people who are mentally il

  • lJust don't let your eyes get glassy or you'll find yourself in a ______ ____ before you know where you are


  1. to officially prevent someone from leaving a place

  2. (formal) to stop someone from leaving as soon as they expected

  • Sir Roderick was ______ed at the Duke of Ramfermline.

off one's rocker (inf)

If you say that someone is off their rocker, you mean that that person is behaving in a very strange or silly way

  • Ramfermline? Yes, he, erm... He's ____ ___ _____, isn't he?

His/Her/Your Grace used as a title of respect when talking to or about archbishop, a duke or a duchess

  • There's nothing seriously wrong with His Grace.
  • Good Morning, Your Grace.

footman a servant who serves at table, tends the door, and runs errands (лакей)

  • His footman failed to give him his sugar this morning.

canary канарейка

  • His Grace is under the impression that he is a _____.

fly into a temper to suddenly become very angry

  • And as he didn't get his sugar he _____ ____ ___ ______.

perch (verb) to sit on top of sth or on the edge of sth

(noun) a brach or stick where a bird sits

  • He tried to ____ on the picture rail.

rail a bar that you use to hang things on

  • He tried to perch on the picture ____.

distinguished very successful and admired by other people

  • Distinguished gent and all that.

jim-jams (used with a plural verb, slang) extreme nervousness; jitters**

  • I mean, I'm jolly interested in people who get the jim-jams.

** feelings of being anxious and nervous, especially before an important event or before having to do sth difficult

(close/near) at ˈhand close to you in time or distance

  • I heard a cat mewing, either in this room or very _____ __ ____.

squawk to produce a loud, harsh, screeching sound

  • Well, taxis _____ a bit, don't they?

snatch to take sth away from sb with a quick, often violent, movement

  • I was sitting innocently in my car when my hat was _______ed from my head

akin (to) (anj) related by blood; having similar qualities or character

  • I confess, I failed to detect anything akin to comedy in the outrage.

outrage an extremely strong reaction of anger, shock, or indignation** (ярость)

  • I confess, I failed to detect anything akin to comedy in the outrage.

** a feeling of anger and surprise caused by sth that you think is unfair or unreasonable

tabby (about a cat) having dark-coloured marks on grey or brown fur

  • The black one, sir, the tabby, and the small lemon-coloured animal

fancy ~ sb/sth to think that sb/sth will win or be successful at sth, especially in a race

  • I fancy, sir, that the animals might have become exhilarated as a result of discovering the fish.

exhilarate make (someone) feel very happy, animated, or elated**

  • I fancy, sir, that the animals might have become exhilarated as a result of discovering the fish.

** very happy and excited because of sth good that has happened, or will happen

out of one's pram If someone gets out of thir pram, they respond aggressively to an argument or problem that doesn't involve them

  • You're mad, sir, I knew it! You're out of your pram, sir!

whatsisname a male person you don't know (как его там)

  • Your man, whatsisname, said it would be all right.

hate to do sth used when saying sth that you would prefer not to have to say, or when politely asking to do sth

  • I say, I hate to ask you. Couldn't you lend me a tenner, could you?

tenner (BrE inf) a ten-pound note

  • I say, I hate to ask you. Couldn't you lend me a tenner, could you?

bail out to escape from a situation that you no longer want to be involved in

  • I've got to bail Claude and Eustace out. They've been arrested.

certifiable (inf) a person who is certifiable can or should be officially stated to be insane

  • Because of you they now believe me to be a certifiable lunatic.
  • He's certifiable.

liberty an act or a statement that may offend or annoy sb, especially because it is done without permission or does not show respect

  • If you pardon the liberty. sir...

wheeze (BrE, old-fashioned, inf) a clever and often unusual idea or plan, especially one that is intended to achieve a profit or some other advantage

  • What a wheeze, you knowing all about the Glossop's horror of moggies.

moggy (BrE, inf) a cat, especially one that is ordinary or has an untidy appearance

  • What a wheeze, you knowing all about the Glossop's horror of moggies.