4.8 Glossary - IELTS Collocations

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get sacked

get sacked /ˈɡetˈsækt/

to lose your job because you perform badly or do something that is against the rules

  • He got sacked for repeatedly being late for work.

gifted child

gifted child /ˈɡɪftɪdˈtʃaɪld/

a child who is naturally very clever, especially one who shows an remarkable talent in one or more areas

  • From a very early age it was clear he was a gifted child and he ended up doing his final high school exams at a very early age.


go down in history

go down in history /ˈɡəʊˈdaʊnɪnˈhɪstri/

be remembered and recognised in history

  • The Beatles will go down in history as one of the greatest bands ever.

go on strike

go on strike /ˈɡəʊɒnˈstraɪk/ 

describes when a group of workers decide not to work for a short amount of time to protest against conditions, pay etc.

  • The workers of the mining company went on strike to protest against the low pay they receive and the dangerous conditions they have to work under.

greatly appreciate

greatly appreciate /ˈɡreɪtliəˈpriːʃieit/

to be very thankful and happy for something

  • I greatly appreciate all the help you've given me with my essay.

growing disparity

growing disparity /ˈɡrəʊɪŋdɪsˈpærɪti/

an increasing difference between two things

  • There is a growing disparity between the rich and the poor in this country.