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Vocabulary: courage and cowardice
This is an "important" theme in conversation and in the assessment of our own actions or other people's...
Come on! Let's face this difficulty courageously !
BASES: (nouns, adjectives and adverbs)
|Brave/ gallant||Bravery/ gallantry|
|Heroic/ heroically||A hero/ a heroine|
|Spirited||with spirit/ spiritedly|
Having or showing good manners, polite: to be courteous=> courteousness
|To dare (to) do stg||daring/ audacious|
|Daring/ audacity||fearless/ intrepid|
|a challenge||to dare sb to do sg|
To be daring... He's a coward...
|cowardly (adjective)||cowardice/ cowardliness|
|To chicken out||fear=> fearful/ fearless|
Synonyms for being a coward (=> cowardice): to be a chicken, to be chicken-hearted, to be lily-livered, to be white-livered, to be yellow, to be yellow-bellied. [You can see that FEAR has an impact on your heart and your liver! ]
They are Super heroes... but you don't have to be...
- To have plenty of spirit: to be energetic, to do all you can.
- to keep one's head/ keep one's cool: to remain calm
- to have pluck: to have courage, a desire not to give up or surrender.
- to have a nerve: = a criticism
- to have the nerve to do something: to have the will to do something bold, daring
- to overrate one's strength: to overestimate one's strength
- to take up a challenge: to accept or attempt some particular test, fight, contest, etc.
- to dare someone to do something: to be brave enough to do something
To jump out of your skin
... and idioms:
- to get/ have the jitters: to experience a feling of fright or uneasiness
- to jump out of your skin: to be extremely surprised and shocked
- to have nerves of steel: to remain calm in dangerous or difficult situations
- to be quaking in one's boots: trembling with fear
- to scare the living daylights out of someone: to terrify someone
- to be on tenterhooks: waiting nervously for something to happen
- to whistle in the dark: they are trying to remain brave and convince themselves that the situation is not as bad as it seems
- to be at your wits' end: completely puzzled and perplexed
I hope you're relieved to see that you can do it quite easily... You'll have the proof of it with the following test... I know you'll pass it with Flying Colours...
Go for it!
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