Saturday, October 20, 2018

New vocabulary

Video Words in the News: Kill your phone


The ancient Afghan art of silk making.

The craft has been handed down through generations but is now under threat.

Demand for the delicate material has been falling for decades. Undercut by cheap imports, it's too expensive for ordinary Afghans. And the tourists haven't returned since the bloody civil war.

Silk producers want investment and regulations to cut smuggling, which they say is ruining the industry.

soft cloth produced from the thread of a type of worm

handed down
passed from one generation to the next

under threat
in danger

negatively affected by a competitor selling the same product at a lower price

taking a product from one place to another illegally


Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports. Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

silk / handed down / under threat / undercut / smuggling

1. Iraq has the world's third-largest reserves of crude oil but attacks, corruption and _________ have crippled exports.

2. More than 700 jobs are _________ in three tax offices in north-west England, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has said.

3. Since a Chinese empress supposedly dropped a cocoon into her hot tea and started to tease out the single thread of _________ that came loose, the smoothest of luxury materials has provided a status symbol for the rich and powerful.

4. The book has been _________ through his family over the generations.

5. Companies that think they can _________ competitors by employing illegal workers should be warned that they will face heavy fines and possible prosecution.

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