[Advanced English Vocab] 12B. GOOD AND BAD RELATIONSHIPS

Originated from Michael McCarthy & Felicity O’Dell, English Vocabulary in Use Advanced, Third Edition, page 30.

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I used to think Kate as a friend but now I realize she has been two-faced towards me.

  • two-faced towards → insincere; pleasant with someone and then unpleasant about them behind their back.

Russia and America were allies in the war.

  • allies (n): countries or people who join together to fight for a common cause

We were business partners but now we’re bitter/arch rivals. Indeed, I could say we are now sworn enemies.

  • business partners (n): people who own business together
  • bitter/arch rivals /ˌɑːrtʃ ˈraɪvl/ (n): people in competition with each other in a negative, aggressive way.
  • sworn /swɔːrn/ enemies (n): people who will always hate each other

Fergus has been disloyal to me on a number of occasions.

  • disloyal to (adj)

Okay, I was dishonest with you. I’m sorry, but I didn’t want to hurt you.

  • dishonest with (adj)

Sam has been very distant towards me recently.

  • distant towards (adj): not friendly, cold

Jamie has always been scrupulously honest in his dealings with us.

  • scrupulously /ˈskruːpjələsli/ (adv): in a way that takes care to be honest and do what is right [=// unscrupulously]

I would expect complete and unswerving loyalty from a true friend.

  • unswerving /ʌnˈswɜːrvɪŋ/ (adj): strong and not changing or becoming weaker.

Monica has always been my staunchest ally at work. I can always rely on her to support me.

  • staunch /stɔːntʃ/ (adj): always showing strong support in your opinions and attitude

I was amazed that someone who called herself my friend could be so deeply critical of me.

  • deeply critical of




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