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atrocious

terrible
horrible
n. atrocity

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blatant

(of bad behaviour) done openly and unashamedly

syn. flagrant, glaring, obvious, unconcealed, undisguised

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credulous

gullible
=/ creditable (praiseworthy, meritorious, laudable)

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desolate

bleak and dismal emptiness
dreary
grim
stark
bare

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entrench

settled and established firmly (standing, position, opinion, stance)
a. entrenched

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grind to a halt

slowly stop

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flunk

fail a test

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inquisitive

very curious
intrigued
middlesome

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lofty

high, towering

lofty aspirations of uniting the indigenous groups all over the country

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curtail

retrench, cut down, pare down
curtailed of = deprived of
I'm curtailed of the fair portion

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stunt

check/hinder the growth or development of something

this may stunt fetal growth during the conception period.

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tailgate

follow closely right behind

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upscale

luxurious
high class

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draw up

write something
draw up an outline beforehand.

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ovation

an occurrence in which a group of people at a play, speech, sporting event, etc., show enthusiastic approval or appreciation by clapping their hands together over and over

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get accustomed to

get used to something
get accustomed to a new life

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captive

abductee, prisoner, detainee, convict

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courteous

polite, kind

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digress

divert
make a digression = small talk chitchat

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divisive

tending to cause a conflict or hostility among people
schismatic, isolating, estranging

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inclement

bad weather
unpleasantly cold and wet

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insolvent

unable to pay back
bankrupt

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pervade

prevail
permeate, suffuse, imbue, perfuse

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redeem

vindicate, compensate for the defects of, retrieve

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remnant

residue, remains

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revere

venerate, worship, respect with awe
n. reverence

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shun

avoid deliberately and habitually
stay away from

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stature

height

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indebted to

be benefited from
owe to
I'm deeply indebted to you for your help.

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let up

diminish, stop (rain/storm)
I hope the rain lets up a little soon.

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lethal

fatal, deadly

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onset

commecement, beginning, inception

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remorse

regret, feeling guilty

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quirky

peculiar, eccentric, idiosyncratic, zany

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get picked on

get teased or bullied

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have/make a narrow escape

achieve something by a narrow margin, in a challenging situation

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ulterior motive

alternative or intrinsic reason for doing something

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petition

plead, request, appeal, solicit

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allegation

claim, assertion

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complacent

content, satisfied
=/ complaisant (willing, agreeable, amenable, acquiescent, cooperative)

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relinquish

give up, renounce, voluntarily cease to keep or claim

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imminent

impending, forthcoming, close, menacing
=\ eminent (conspicuous, prominent, well-known and successful )

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lethargic

sluggish, apathetic, lifeless, torpid, inert
lack of energy
n. lethargy

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parch

dehydrate, wither
the drought parched the land

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phase out

discontinue, stop production or operation by phases

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put through to

redirect a call/mail to

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scowl

grimace, frown, glare, glower
don't put out the glower
He scowled at her defiantly.
n. scowl ( bad weather)

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sparingly

merely, barely, meagerly

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staunch

loyal, faithful, devoted, stalwart
a staunch atheist

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weigh

consider, contemplate, ponder
weigh your words carefully before you talk

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cloud nine

a state of total euphoria, happiness

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red-eye (flight)

night flight
i need to catch a red-eye to arrive on time.

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red-handed

with clear evidence of guilt
he was caught red-handed stealing from the stockroom.

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red herring

something that misleads or distracts from the relevant or important issue.

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veer off course

swerve off momentarily
shift clockwise in direction
alter the direction
turn aside from a course


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conspicuous

standing out
noticeable
visible
conspicuous consumption (show off)

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brace

v. prepare, reinforce to be ready for danger
n. a device that supports or holds something ( clamp)

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obstinate

pigheaded
opinionated
headstrong

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choosy

picky

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in prose

simply
ordinarily
prose vs. verse

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redress

rectify
set right
power to redress the grievances of our citizens

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renounce

give up
disown
quit
forsake

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scrap

v. abolish (plans or laws)
n. trash, fragment, leftover

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scrape by

scrape a living
manage to go on, live

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spawn

result
produce or create something
lay eggs

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subside

let up
abate
recede
become less intense

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unabridged

full version
not summarised

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sleep off the jet lag

sleep enough to recover from the jet lag

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wear out

make exhausted
a. weary

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puerile

juvenile
childish
silly