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succumb

fail to resist

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burgeon

flourish

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recant

deny, renounce, repudiate

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hunch

feeling, guess based on intuition
how did you know i would be here?
it was just a hunch.
my hunch is that the stock is going to go up in value.

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knack

clever trick, stratagem
got a knack for improvisation
tried every knack to get what she wanted

when you're depressed, you can lose the KNACK for enjoying life.

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break them in

break in a new pair of shoes to make them fit comfortably to one's feet

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dwadle

move slowly, deliberately with the rationale delaying the start of any task that you're less than enthused about

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propitious

favourable, auspicious, promising
a propitious time to start a business
a propitious start for the summer blockbusters
the timing seemed propitious

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compoundly

involving or used in combination

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gear towards

design, organise sth so that it's suitable for a particular purpose

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flicker

sudden brief movement, hint
the light kept flickering off and on.
thoughts flickered through his mind.
a smile flickered across her face.

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dress sth up

add something to make it more attractive

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seminal

highly original and influencing the development of future events
SEMINAL ideas, artists

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motley

made up of many different people or things
variegated in colour
composed of diverse often incongruous elements

a motley coat
a motley crowd

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COPIOUS
HEFTY

large in amount, number
profuse, exuberant in words, style

heavy, bulky, powerful, substantial
a hefty dose of irony
a hefty kick, raise

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destitute

poor. impoverished, impecunious

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exorbitant

unreasonably high price

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WHEEDLE
EMBLAZON
BEGUILED

use beguiling or artful persuasion
WHEEDLED him into going with me

praise to attract great publicity
his feat was EMBLAZONED on the front page

influenced by trickery, flattery, misled, deluded

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taciturn

reserved in speech, silent in expression
dour
stern

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drive me up the wall

drive me crazy
annoy me

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CONFISCATE
ENTAIL

take property as a penalty with authority

settle the inheritance to keep it within the family (=make over)

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PROCLAIM
COMMEND

announce publicly

praise formally, officially
mention as worthy of confidence, notice, kindness

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COMPEL
IMPEL
REPEL
DISPEL

force to do sth

resist, refuse

make disappear

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quandary

create a quandary
difficult situation, practical dilemma

predicament, plight

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predilection

penchant, favouritism

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rift

split, crack, serious break in friendship

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superfluous

excess, unnecessary surplus

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tentative

not certain, temporary, provisional

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paltry

small degree hard to discern

a holiday bonus was a paltry amount that I don't see any difference to the previous payroll.

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confounded

surprised, confused, perplexed, discombobulated
get angry, annoyed

analysts who predicted an economic downturn during this quarter were confounded at the rise of investment in immobile and mortgage loans issued.

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taunt

provoke, challenge with insulting remarks

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blast

make a vigorous attack

=\ eulogise, commend, praise

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embolden

make someone more confident
encourage, hearten, inspire

=/ daunt, dispirit, dishearten

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gnawing

bite or chew rapidly

i was gnawing my fingers waiting for the final result.

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overhauling

change completely to improve it

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concoct

fabricate, invent, develop a plan or story to trick or deceive someone

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squabble

quarrel over petty matters
noisy altercation

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foible

minor fault in someone's character
(point faible)

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gamut

a series/ range of related things

she experienced the full GAMUT of human emotions.
the actress's work runs the GAMUT from goofy comedies to serious historical dramas.