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Flashcards in Deck 12 Deck (16):
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litigation (n)
/lɪtɪˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/

The process of taking legal action

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treachery (n)
/ˈtrɛtʃ(ə)ri/

Betrayal of trust
The quality of being deceptive

3

persnickety/pernickety (adj)
: /pəˈnɪkɪti/

Placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy
Requiring a particularly precise or careful approach

4

hobble
/ˈhɒb(ə)l/

1. (v) Walk in an awkward way, typically because of pain from an injury
Cause (a person or animal) to limp
2. (v)Tie or strap together (the legs of a horse or other animal) to prevent it from straying.
Restrict the activity or development of
3. (n) An awkward way of walking, typically due to pain from an injury
4. (n) A rope or strap used for hobbling a horse or other animal

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scrap
/skrap/

1. (n) A small piece or amount of something, especially one that is left over after the greater part has been used
(scraps) Bits of uneaten food left after a meal
A particularly small thing of its kind
2. (n) (scrap metal) Discarded metal for reprocessing
Any waste articles or discarded material
3. (v) Discard or remove from service (a redundant, old, or inoperative vehicle, vessel, or machine), especially so as to convert it to scrap metal
Abolish or cancel (a plan, policy, or law)
4. (n) A fight or quarrel, especially a minor or spontaneous one
5. (v) Engage in a minor fight or quarrel:
Compete fiercely

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truculent (adj)
/ˈtrʌkjʊl(ə)nt/

Eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant

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pugnacious (adj)
/pʌɡˈneɪʃəs/

Eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight
--> pugnacity

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valour/valor (n)
/ˈvalə/

Great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle

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plight
/plʌɪt/

1. (n) A dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation
2. (v) Pledge or solemnly promise (one’s faith or loyalty)
(be plighted to) Be engaged to be married to

10

above board (adj & adv)

Legitimate, honest, and open

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untenable (adj)
/ʌnˈtɛnəb(ə)l/

(Especially of a position or view) not able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection

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impeach (v)
/ɪmˈpiːtʃ/

Call into question the integrity or validity of (a practice)
Charge (someone) with treason or another crime against the state
Charge (the holder of a public office) with misconduct
--> impeachable

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superfluous (adj)
/suːˈpəːflʊəs/

Unnecessary, especially through being more than enough

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hamstring
/ˈhamstrɪŋ/

1. (n) Any of five tendons at the back of a person’s knee (gân kheo)
2. (v) Cripple (a person or animal) by cutting their hamstrings
Severely restrict the efficiency or effectiveness of

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piquancy (n)
/ˈpiːk(ə)nsi/

A pleasantly sharp and appetizing flavour; spiciness
The quality of being pleasantly stimulating or exciting; interest

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abandon
/əˈband(ə)n/

1. (v) Cease to support or look after (someone); desert
2. (v) Give up completely (a practice or a course of action)
3. (abandon oneself to) Allow oneself to indulge in (a desire or impulse)
4. (n) Complete lack of inhibition or restraint