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I don't _____ your wedding proposal.

It's possible to accept or not accept things. "Except" means "not including."

I'm ____ to eggs.

To be "averse" to something is to not like it, or be opposed to it. When something is "adverse," it is unfavorable.

Merrily we roll ______ .

Merrily we roll along. It's also possible to travel a long distance.

It's a difficult reality that I _______ .

To "bear" something, is to carry something or put up with something. "Bare" is in reference to being naked or uncovered.

That freaky guy looks like a ____ killer.

There are true serial killers in the world. Some of them even have cereal for breakfast.

The actor missed his _____ .

It is possible for an actor to miss their cue. And when an actor goes to the supermarket, they wait in the queue.

The two men were fighting in a _____ .

People will fight in a duel. Each fighter might have dual, or multiple, reasons for wanting to do so.

It was a _____ crime.

A crime scene can be grisly to view. If there was a grizzly bear involved, it can be even more grisly.

There was a ______ of people at the concert.

There was a horde of people at the concert. Some of those people were even hoarders.

There were not many voters who showed up at the ______ .

There were not many people who showed up at the polls. It was suspected that some of them were pole dancing at the club.

She went to Staples to buy some ______ .

She went to Staples to buy some stationery. Her car remained stationary while she made her purchase.

When she made her omelette, she removed the _____ .

When she made her omelette she removed the yolk. Afterward, she tightened the yoke on her oxen.

Can I give you some _____ ?

Can I give you some advice? I must advise you to stay away from that horrible person.

She was feeling the _____ of the changes.

Effect is almost always a noun, so that's the right choice here! The changes affected her, though.

She tripped when she walked down the _____ .

She tripped when she walked down the aisle. But things improved when she went to the Isle of Paradise for her honeymoon.

The family was happy that they were _____ .

The family was happy that they were all together. It was an altogether remarkable experience.

I shall wait here with _____ breath.

I shall wait here with bated breath. My rod is baited, and the fish are plentiful.

I have ____ this pain for a great deal of time.

I have borne this pain for a great deal of time. In fact, I have borne it since I was born.

When the ___ broke, the boy fell out of the tree.

When the bough broke, the boy fell out of the tree. Once he got up and dusted himself off, he took a bow.

That was a _____ in our contract.

What you did was a breach of our contract. It says in our contract that you should never wear those breeches.

My grandma wore the most beautiful ______ .

My grandma wore the most beautiful brooch. I didn't want to broach the subject of how much it cost.

I cannot _____ your bad behavior.

I cannot censure your bad behavior. But I can act as a censor and ban your book.

Can you play that _____ again?

Can you play that chord again? The way that you strum the cords is remarkable.

At the ____ moment, I began to cry.

At the climactic moment, I began to cry. The climatic result of my tears was a strong gust of wind.

Please _____ your dog.

Please curb your dog. In Britain, it's not proper to let your dog do his business on the kerb.

Please be _____ about your lover.

Please be discreet about your lover. Also, remain discrete from him in public places.

Your _____ behavior was noted by the police.

Your illicit behavior was noted by the police. They will try to elicit a statement from you.

Please _____ your boat in case of an accident.

Please insure your boat in case of an accident. This will ensure that you don't pay too much out of pocket.

I need to do more _____ .

I need to do more exercise. This shall exorcise the glutton inside of me.

I _____ the rules on most occasions.

I flout the rules on most occasions. This allows me to flaunt my adventurous side.

I ______ vegetables.

I loathe vegetables. And, I am loath to consume bland food in general.

The wine tastes fine on the ______ .

The wine tastes fine on the palate. And the color is so great that even an artist's palette couldn't recreate it.

Could you _____ me some water?

Could you pour me some water? In this heat, the pores of my face are all dried up.

I don't like this new _______ at school.

I don't like this new principal at school. The man has absolutely no principles.

The bathroom is on the 4th ____ of the building.

The bathroom is on the 4th story of the building. I have a story to tell about that storey. (Storey is British English. Tricky!)

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