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To clarify something means to make it easier to understand, usually by explaining it in more detail.

If a person or their behaviour is grim, they are very serious, usually, because they are worried about something.

The Aries man is quick-witted and always ready with a one-liner that will make people laugh with him.

  • quick-witted - showing or characterized by an ability to think or respond quickly and effectively

It was sleeting so hard we could barely see.

  • sleet - rain containing some ice, as when snow melts as it falls

Johnny was being so obnoxious, his own mother pretended not to know him.

  • obnoxious - extremely unpleasant

The prisoners are forced to live in abominable conditions.

  • abominable - very bad; terrible

The utilities were all privatised by Mrs Thatcher to make them more efficient. That is why we pay 10 times more than we did.

  • utilities - is an important service such as water, electricity, or gas that is provided for everyone, and that everyone pays for

Traffic builds up at one roundabout in particular.

  • roundabout - a road junction at which traffic moves in one direction round a central island to reach one of the roads converging on it

She wrapped up a deal just before she left on vacation.

  • wrap up - if you wrap up something such as a job or an agreement, you complete it in a satisfactory way

She's already had to endure three painful operations on her leg.

  • endure - suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently

They gave me a courtesy car to drive home with.

  • courtesy - the showing of politeness in one's attitude and behaviour towards others

At the time, I thought that I would be studying for my math exam but I suddenly got ill and had to use my crib notes.

  • crib notes - a cheat sheet (also cheatsheet) or crib sheet is a concise set of notes used for quick reference. Cheat sheets are so named because they may be used by students without the instructor's knowledge to cheat on a test
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