4.8 Glossary - IELTS Collocations

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deal with a problem

deal with a problem /ˈdiːəlˈwɪðəˈprɒbləm/

try and solve a problem

Work's pretty stressful at the moment. We're dealing with a lot of problems.

dire consequences

dire consequences /ˈdaɪəˈcɒnsəkwensɪz/

extremely bad results from something

  • Failure to reach an agreement between the two countries will have dire consequences, with war a likely outcome.

draconian measures

draconian measures /drəˈkeʊniənˈmeʒəz/

action taken by an authority to prevent something which is seen as extremely severe

  • There has been widespread criticism of the police's draconian measures to stop the protests.