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Word List: Higher E-I

ear witness

Word List: Higher E-I

someone who is questioned as a witness because s/he heard something, even though s/he didn’t see anything

Did you hear about Jacqueline? Well, she’s an ear witness for a shooting.

earful

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when you hear more than you need to hear about something

Professor Ludlow went on and on about how to complete the project.  What an earful of information!

eavesdrop

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listen in on someone’s conversation without him/her knowing

My mom is always trying to eavesdrop when I’m talking to my boyfriend. 

educated guess

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predicting what an answer on a test might be based primarily on your own ideas

Sometimes students make educated guesses when they don’t know some of the answers on a test.

enthusiasm/enthusiastic

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extremely excited

The baseball fans were enthusiastic after their team won the championship.

epiphany

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when you all of a sudden clearly understand something

After seeing how people around the world celebrate the beginning of each new year, I had an epiphany.  I began to think that we are all so much more alike than I ever realized.

ergonomic

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a way of designing things, especially technology and furniture, with the structure of the body in mind

I love my new ergonomic chair at work,  Even though it doesn’t look all that comfortable, it really is, and I know it will help support my back.

even-keel

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staying in the middle, rather than overreacting to something or not reacting at all

Nothing ever seems to get him excited.  He’s always even-keeled.

Exhibit A

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calling attention to the first thing you are showing someone (or some people)

Take a look at Exhibit A and tell me what you think.  Then compare it to Exhibit B.

eye witness

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someone who was present and saw what happened

Fortunately, there was an eye witness at the scene of the accident, so it was obvious who was at fault.