To plummet = To fall down radically
Because of the sub-prime loan problem the New York stock market plummeted.
To turn over = To hand responsibility to someone
When I got older I shall turn over my school to my sons.
To choke = To fail under pressure
The Yankees weren't able to win because they choked under pressure.
Mum = To be silent, not to speak
The Yankees are so far mum on their choice of a new coach.
To aspire = To desire or to aim high
My youngest son aspires to make a name for himself in the fashion business and I wish him luck.
To fill in for = To replace someone or something temporarily
From time to time if I feel ill and one of my sons fills in for me.
To be jostled = To be pushed around or to be shaken
In the morning most commuters are jostled in the crowded trains.
To kill time = To waste time for no particular reason
Sometimes I kill time waiting for students by reading magazines.
Picturesque = A very beautiful scene, a lovely sight
The red leaves of Minoo provide a picturesque scene in autumn.
To thwart = To frustrate or to fend off
The best way to thwart a cold is to wash your hands often.