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- used to describe a person or the actions of a person who is not
embarrassed about behaving in a wrong or immoral way
her brazen admission that she was cheating on him
- [literary] having a shiny yellow colour
brazen sth out
to deal with a situation that is difficult or embarrassing for you by
appearing to be confident rather than ashamed
She knew she could either admit the truth or brazen it out.
- deliberately harming someone or damaging something for no reason
an act of wanton aggression
a wanton disregard for life
- [old-fashioned] a wanton woman is considered immoral because she
has sex with a lot of men
- [formal] uncontrolled
—wantonness noun [U]
- [C] a situation in which a large crowd of people are behaving in a
violent and uncontrolled way, especially when they are protesting about
His murder triggered vicious race riots (=caused by a problem between
different races) .
police wearing riot gear (=the special clothing and equipment worn by
police officers during a riot)
police in bullet-proof vests and carrying riot shields (=a piece of
very hard plastic which police officers stand behind to protect them)
⇨ picture at demonstration
- run riot
a. if your imagination, emotions, thoughts etc run riot, you cannot or
do not control them
Manufacturers have let their imaginations run riot to create new
computer games .
b. if people run riot, they behave in a violent, noisy, and uncontrolled
Some people let their children run riot.
c. if a plant runs riot, it grows very quickly
- a riot of colour, something with many different bright colours
The garden is a riot of colour in spring.
- read (sb) the riot act, to give someone a strong warning that they
must stop causing trouble – used humorously
If the kids don’t settle down soon, I’ll go up and read them the riot
- if a crowd of people riot, they behave in a violent and uncontrolled
way, for example by fighting the police and damaging cars or buildings
University students rioted in protest at tuition fees.
—rioting noun [U]
—rioter noun [C]
- to steal things, especially from shops or homes that have been
damaged in a war or riot
Shops were looted and burned.
—looter noun [C]
—looting noun [U]
- goods taken by soldiers from a place where they have won a battle
- [informal] goods or money that have been stolen
- [informal] things that you have bought or been given in large
amounts – used humorously
Jodie came home from the mall with bags of loot.
- violent behaviour in which people fight and attack others
the problem of football thuggery
- 1 LAWS / BEHAVIOUR 法律/行为 [C] a set of rules, laws, or
principles that tell people how to behave 法典，法规;
The Torah is the basis for all the Jewish laws and their moral code .
Each state in the US has a different criminal and civil code.
The judge ruled that there had been no breach of the code .
There were plans to introduce a dress code (=rules about what to wear)
for civil servants.
code of conduct / behaviour / ethics the strict code of conduct that is
so much a part of karate
code of practice ( = a set of rules that people in a particular business
or profession agree to obey )
The Textile Services Association has drawn up a code of practice
endorsed by the Office of Fair Trading.
- SECRET MESSAGE 秘密音讯, [C,U] a system of words, letters, or
symbols that you use instead of ordinary writing, so that the
information can only be understood by someone else who knows the system
密码; 代码; 代号:
All reports must be sent in code.
break / crack a code ( = manage to understand a code )
They didn’t realise that we’d broken their secret code.
- SYMBOLS GIVING INFORMATION 传达音讯的记号, [C] a set of numbers,
letters, or symbols that shows what something is or gives information
Goods that you order must have a product code.
Every item found on the archaeological dig is given a code number .
⇨ code”>bar code , code”>genetic code , code”>postcode ,
- telephones 电话 also dialling code, , STD code [BrE] [C] the
group of numbers that comes before a telephone number when you are
calling from a different area
SYN code”>area code [AmE] :
What’s the code for Aberdeen?
- COMPUTERS 计算机, [C,U] a set of instructions that tell a computer
what to do
⇨ code”>machine code , code”>source code
- SOUNDS / SIGNALS 声音/信号 [C] a system of sounds or signals that
represent words or letters when they are sent by
⇨ code”>morse code
[T usually passive]
- to put a set of numbers, letters, or symbols on something to show
what it is or give information about it
Each path is coded to show the level of difficulty.
- to put a message into code so that it is secret
- someone who has a serious and permanent mental illness that makes
them behave in a violent or criminal way
a psychopathic personality
—psychopathically / -klI ; -kli / adv.