4.8 Glossary - IELTS Collocations

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pose a threat

pose a threat /pəʊzəˈθret/

describes something that represents some kind of danger to somebody or something

  • Nuclear weapons pose a threat to the whole world.

pre-emptive strike

pre-emptive strike /ˈpriːemptɪvˈstraɪk/

An attack made to prevent the enemy from attacking you or action you take now to avoid unfavourable circumstances happening to you in the future

  • The Prime Minister has suggested launching pre-emptive strikes against militants in the region.

provoke an outcry

provoke an outcry /prəˈvəʊkənˈaʊtcraɪ/

to cause a angry reaction from a person or group of people

  • The government's decision to raise taxes provoked an outcry.

put down a deposit

put down a deposit /pʊtˈdaʊnədəˈpɒzɪt/

to pay part of a fee for something in advance

  • People are being encouraged to put down deposits on new homes, thanks to low interest rates.