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vanish into thin air

Defined: If something vanishes into thin air, it disappears completely in a mysterious way.
Example: The diamonds vanished into thin air - nobody knows what happened to them.

variety is the spice of life

Defined: This expression means that life is more interesting when you try to do different things.
Example: Since they retired, my parents have been trying out all sorts of new activities. Variety is the spice of life!

vent your spleen

Defined: When you vent your spleen, you release or express all your anger about something.
Example: Whenever Harry is angry about new government measures, he vents his spleen by writing to newspapers.

nothing ventured, nothing gained

Defined: This expression means that you cannot expect to achieve anything if you risk nothing.
Example: He's going to ask his boss for a promotion even though he has little change of obtaining satisfaction - nothing ventured, nothing gained!

vertically challenged

Defined: This term is a humoristic way of referring to someone who is not very tall.
Example: High shelves are difficult for vertically challenged shoppers.

vested interest

Defined: If you have a vested interested in a situation or event, you expect to benefit or gain an advantage from it.
Example: Tony has a vested interest in Fred's promotion; he hopes to get his job!

vicious circle

Defined: When the solution to a problem creates another problem similar to the original, or makes it worse, so that the process starts all over again, the situation is called a vicious circle.
Example: I borrowed money to reimburse Paul. Now I've got to reimburse the bank, with interest. It's a vicious circle.

dim view

Defined: If you take a dim view of something, you do not approve of it.
Example: When Harry and Sally decided to live together without getting marrried, their grandparents took a dim view of the situation.

vim and vigour

Defined: If you are full of vim and vigour, you have lots of vitality, energy and enthusiasm.
Example: After a relaxing holiday, my parents came back full of vim and vigour.

in vino veritas

Defined: This expression, which in Latin means 'in wine there is truth', is a way of saying that wine makes people less inhibited and leads them to speak more freely and reveal their true feelings.
Example: After a few drinks he told us the whole story - in vino veritas!

virtue is its own reward

Defined: The knowledge that you have done the right thing, or that you have acted in a moral way, is sufficient reward and you should not expect more.

by virtue of

Defined: The term by virtue of means 'due to', 'because of' or 'on account of' something.
Example: The old lady got the most comfortable armchair by virtue of her age.

make a virtue of necessity

Defined: If someone does something commendable, not deliberately but because they have no choice, and pretends to be doing it willingly and happily, they make a virtue of necessity.
Example: When, because of the high price of petrol, I decided to walk to work instead of taking my car, I made a virtue of necessity.

with one voice

Defined: Two or more groups or organizations who are in complete agreement are said to speak with one voice.
Example: For once the government and the trade unions are speaking with one voice.

voice in the wilderness

Defined: If you are the only person to express a warning or an opinion on a matter which is ignored by most others, you are a voice in the wilderness.
Example: For many years she was a voice in the wilderness protesting against child labour.

vote with one's feet

Defined: If you vote with your feet, your show your dislike or disapproval of something by leaving.
Example: If the conference is boring, people will probably vote with their feet.


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