2The history of the Internet is 1) l_____ed w_____ tales or businesses that were set to take over the world…1) containing a lot of1) littered withA 2) st______ing success story that just keeps on growing.2) shocking, surprising2) staggering
3Major corporations use eBay to 3) sh____ unwanted stock. 3) to get rid of3) shedIt was launched in 1995 and was the 4) br_____d of Pierre Omidyar.4) a clever and original idea, plan or invention.4) brainchild. Also brainwave, though with a slightly different connotation: a SUDDEN clever idea.
4Seeking to answer that question turned Omidyar into one of today’s most successful 5) ent________urs.5) someone who starts their own business, especially when this involves seeing a new opportunity5) entrepreneursAs one 6) in_____te observer of social trends put it (…)6) someone who does something very often and cannot stop doing it6) inveterate
5She was an 7) a____d collector of sweet dispensers. 7) extremely eager or interested7) avidI was quickly 8) h_____ed.8) to become addicted to something8) hooked
6After a while I began 9) s____ing through a category of interest to me – cycling 10) m______lia. 9) to move text or other information on a computer screen in order to view a different part of it10) objects that are collected because they are connected with a person or event which is thought to be very interesting9) scrolling10) memorabilia
7There was a day and a half to go until the conclusion of the sale and I started 11) b____ing 11) to offer a particular amount of money for something which is for sale and compete against other people to buy it, especially at a public sale of goods or property11) biddingWhen I got the news that I had won the auction, I was 12) e____ed12) extremely happy and excited, often because something has happened or been achieved12) elated
8You probably wouldn’t find any of those people standing next to you at a ) car-____ s_____ on a Sunday morning…13) an event in a public place where people sell their unwanted possessions, often from the backs of their cars13) car-boot sale