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stand-in

When Park Geun-hye last lived in the presidential Blue House more than 30 years ago, she was a young, stand-in first lady, serving after the assassination of her mother and before the killing of her dictator father.
[NOUN] A stand-in is a person who takes someone else's place or does someone else's job for a while, for example because the other person is ill or away.

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unchecked [ʌntʃekt] 1 2

vote rigging [rɪgɪŋ] 1

His critics remember the brutal way he dealt with opponents to his unchecked rule, the claims of torture, execution and vote rigging.
[ADJ] If something harmful or undesirable is left unchecked, nobody controls it or prevents it from growing or developing.
*투표 조작[NOUN] [usu supp N] Vote or ballot rigging is the act of dishonestly organizing an election to get a particular result.

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lay out

Park, a legislator since 1998, laid out a fairly moderate platform in her campaign to replace unpopular President Lee Myung-bak, a member of her conservative party.
[VERB] [tr, adverb] to arrange or spread out

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forge [fɔ:rdʒ] 1

ruthless [ru:θləs] 1

But despite her history-making win and her efforts to forge her own path, many see in her only the embodiment of her father, who grabbed power in a 1961 coup and ruled with ruthless efficiency until his spy chief shot him dead at a 1979 drinking party.
[VERB] If one person or institution forges an agreement or relationship with another, they create it with a lot of hard work, hoping that it will be strong or lasting.
[ADJ] [oft ADJ in n] A ruthless action or activity is done forcefully and thoroughly, without much concern for its effects on other people.

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seize on

Critics have long seized on what they see as Park's queen-like aura in an attempt to link her with her father
*to suddenly show a lot of interest in something, especially because you can use it to your advantage.

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point to something

cf) point out

Park herself points to the embodiment of female imperial rule, Elizabeth I of England, as her role model.
*to mention something that you think is important and/or the reason why a particular situation exists.
*[VERB] to indicate or specify

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persona [pərsoʊnaɪ]2

Much of Park's public persona has been built on her close association with her father's rule.
[NOUN] [FORMAL] Someone's persona is the aspect of their character or nature that they present to other people, perhaps in contrast to their real character or nature.

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put something down to something

Even her choice of college major – electronic engineering, which the website describes as "rare for women" – is put down to self-sacrifice, an effort to help the country increase exports by concentrating on developing electronic industries.
*to consider that something is caused by something

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botch [bɒtʃ] 1

Kim Il Sung killed her mother in a botched assassination attempt against her father.
[VERB] [INFORMAL] If you botch something that you are doing, you do it badly or clumsily.

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gash [gæʃ]

She was a major figure in conservative politics in 2006 when a convicted criminal slashed her face as she was shaking hands with voters, opening up a gash that needed 60 stitches during surgery.
[NOUN] A gash is a long, deep cut in your skin or in the surface of something.

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primary [praɪmeri]1

Park lost narrowly in the 2007 presidential primaries to Lee.
[NOUN] A primary or a primary election is an election in an American state in which people vote for someone to become a candidate for a political office. Compare general election.

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belligerent [bɪlɪdʒərənt]2

cover [kʌvər] 1

That might be difficult, however, with a belligerent Pyongyang fresh off the surprising success of a rocket launch that the South, the United States and others say was a cover for testing long-range missile technology.
[ADJ] A belligerent person is hostile and aggressive.
[NOUN] [usu sing] Something that is a cover for secret or illegal activities seems respectable or normal, and is intended to hide the activities.구실