Discuss the photograph in groups. Try to include as many of the words and expressions below as possible.
Using these words and expressions or others from the unit try to think of a newspaper headline for this picture. Your group will then ask other groups to predict your headline. You will give them clues: jumbled/missing letters/ words, drawings, pictures from google,...
Answer: Living In the Lap of Luxury Vs Living Rough in One Snapshot
in the lap of luxury
in easy, comfortable conditions, and enjoying the advantages of being rich. E.g. We spent two weeks in the hotel living in the lap of luxury. Men in white clothes are living in the lap of luxury.
(British English) to live or sleep outdoors, usually because you have no home and no money. E.g. young people sleeping rough on the streets. A group of migrants who sleep rough
(also snap) [countable] a photograph, especially one taken quickly. E.g. holiday snaps. We can see the contrast between the haves and have nots in one snapshot.
give rise to something
(formal) to cause something to happen or exist. E.g. The novel's success gave rise to a number of sequels. The poor living conditions have given rise to their migration.
a situation or place in which violence or anger starts and cannot be controlled. Sp detonante. E.g. . Potential flashpoints in the south of the country. The conflict reached a flashpoint last year. Tension at the border is rapidly reaching flashpoint
bite your lip:
to stop yourself from saying something or from showing an emotion. I bite my lip in order not to express my sense of frustration.
to damage or spoil something good. E.g. The game was marred by the behaviour of drunken fans. Their game is not marred by the sight of these men.
/ˌriːpəˈkʌʃn/ consequence. An indirect and usually bad result of an action or event that may happen some time afterwards. The sight doesn't seem to have any repercussions for their game.
to spread over an area of land. Extend. E.g. Fields and hills stretched out as far as we could see. Beyond the fence stretches a vast desert.
whopping (also whopping great)
/ˈwɒpɪŋ/ very big. E.g. The company made a whopping 75 million dollar loss. Did you know a whopping number of student loans may never even get repaid? A whopping great lie. A whopping 200 migrants tried to climb the fence.
a heavy price
Migrants have to pay a heavy price sometimes even with their lives
Carve out a living.
Eke out a living:
to manage to live with very little money. E.g. For years he eked out a miserable existence in a dreary (/ˈdrɪəri/ depressing) bedsit (a room for both living and sleeping in) in Bristol.
They eke out a precarious /prɪˈkeəriəs/ existence (= they have hardly enough money to live on).
on the breadline:
the lowest level of income on which it is possible to live. E.g. Many people without jobs are living on the breadline (= are very poor). Economic migrants are forced to live their homes because they are living on the breadline.
on a shoestring
(informal) using very little money. E.g. In the early years, the business was run on a shoestring. Some people get by on a shoestring budget. The players are not living on a shoestring budget.
live (from) hand to mouth
to spend all the money you earn on basic needs such as food without being able to save any money. The people who sleep rough live from hand to mouth.
a way of living especially when this is difficult or boring. E.g. E.g. The farmer worked in poor soil and lived a poor existence. The family endured a miserable existence in a cramped apartment. We led a poor but happy enough existence as children. The peasants depend on a good harvest for their very existence (= in order to continue to live). They eke out a precarious existence (= they have hardly enough money to live on).
to make a good/decent/meagre living
meagre: /ˈmiːɡə(r)/ small in quantity and poor in quality. Sp. escaso. E.g. She supplements her meagre income by cleaning at night. Families eke out a meagre living. Gradually I was able to make a meagre living.
The golfers seem to make a good living
make (both) ends meet
to earn just enough money to be able to buy the things you need. E.g. In their part of the world many families struggle to make ends meet
pose a threat
The players seem indifferent to the men climbing the fence. They don't seem to pose a threat.
conflict. E.g. Some migrants and police officers were injured during clashes.
(especially of anger and violence) to suddenly start or become much stronger. Erupt. E.g.
Violence flared when the police moved in. Tempers flared towards the end of the meeting. Anger flares up at the fence from time to time.
rid somebody/something of somebody/something
(formal) to remove something that is causing a problem from a place, group, etc. E.g. Further measures will be taken to rid our streets of crime. Some politicians want to rid their countries of refugees.
(formal) /ˈɒstrəsaɪz/ to refuse to let somebody be a member of a social group; to refuse to meet or talk to somebody. E.g. He was ostracized by his colleagues for refusing to support the strike. She was declared a witch and ostracized by the villagers.
bear/give witness (to something)
to provide evidence of the truth of something. E.g. The crowd of mourners at his funeral bore witness to the great affection in which he was held. This landscape bears silent witness to one of the greatest tragedies in history. Little is left to bear witness to the past greatness of the city.
/ˈsaɪzmɪk/ 1 connected with or caused by earthquakes. E.g. seismic waves. Seismic activity 2 having a very great effect; of very great size. Causing a very great change in a situation. E.g. a seismic shift in the political process. A seismic shift in people's attitudes.
to cause you trouble for a long time. E.g. He had been dogged by bad health all his life. Her career was dogged by misfortune.
/əbˈsiːn/ Offending against moral principles; repugnant. So unfair or immoral that you feel angry. E.g. using animals' skins for fur coats is obscene. The amount of money that top-class footballers earn is positively obscene.