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quandary
A state of not being able to decide what to do about a situation in which you are involved.
doggone
Used to express anger.
usher
To show someone where they should go, or to make someone go where you want them to go.
bemused
Slightly confused.
roll with the punches
to be able to deal well with difficulties or criticism
saunter
To walk in a slow and relaxed way, often in no particular direction.
whim
A sudden wish or idea, especially one that cannot be reasonably explained.
traipse
To walk from one place to another, often feeling tired or bored.
glance
To give a quick short look.
decide against
to not choose someone or something
bursary
An amount of money given to a person by an organization, such as a university, to pay for them to study.
inference
A guess that you make or an opinion that you form based on the information that you have.
affiliation
A connection with a political party or religion, or with a larger organization.
startling
Surprising and sometimes worrying.
intertwine
To twist or be twisted together, or to be connected so as to be difficult to separate.
frailty
Weakness and lack of health or strength.
take something with a pinch of salt
to listen to a story or an explanation with considerable doubt.
cranial
Of the skull.
sole
Being one only; single.
compliance
The act of obeying an order, rule, or request.
corroborate
To add proof to an account, statement, idea, etc. with new information.
amend
to make changes to a document, law, agreement etc, especially in order to improve it
disseminate
To spread or give out something, especially news, information, ideas, etc., to a lot of people.
contiguous
Next to or touching another, usually similar, thing.
pitfall
A likely mistake or problem in a situation.
bifurcate
(of roads, rivers, branches, etc.) to divide into two parts.
confound
To confuse and very much surprise someone, so that they are unable to explain or deal with a situation.
regime
a government that controls a country, especially in a strict or unfair way
extant
Describes something very old that is still existing.
clutch
To take or try to take hold of something tightly, usually in fear, worry, or pain.
unfathomable
Impossible to understand.
complacent
Feeling so satisfied with your own abilities or situation that you feel you do not need to try any harder.
errant
Behaving wrongly in some way, especially by leaving home.
retrograde
Returning to older and worse conditions, methods, ideas, etc..
ill-fated
Unlucky and unsuccessful, often resulting in death.
hell-bent
Impetuously or recklessly determined to do or achieve something.
hallmark
a typical feature
deprive
To take something, especially something necessary or pleasant, away from someone.
wary
Not completely trusting or certain about something or someone.
beady
(of eyes) small and bright, especially like a bird's eyes.
ingrained
(of beliefs) so firmly held that they are not likely to change.
outspoken
Expressing strong opinions very directly without worrying if other people are offended.
exasperation
the feeling of being extremely annoyed and impatient because things are not happening in the way that you want them to happen
excel
To be extremely good at something.
juncture
A particular point in time.
impute
to lay blame to, attribute, ascribe or credit
lineage
the people in your family who lived in the past, especially when you come from a rich or important family
contention
The disagreement that results from opposing arguments.
aberrant
Different from what is typical or usual, especially in an unacceptable way.
penalize
To cause someone a disadvantage.
snap
To cause something that is thin to break suddenly and quickly with a cracking sound.
reel
To stagger, lurch, or sway, as from drunkenness.
soar
To rise very quickly to a high level.
spate
A larger number of events than usual, especially unpleasant ones, happening at about the same time.
open-ended
An activity or situation does not have a planned ending, so it may develop in several ways.
crackdown
strong action that someone in authority takes to stop a particular activity
bull-run
A bull market or a bull run refers to a stock market characterized by a sustained rise in share prices.
incur
To experience something, usually something unpleasant, as a result of actions you have taken.
savvy
the ability to understand and judge people and situations well
benchmark
A level of quality that can be used as a standard when comparing other things.
tread
to walk or step on something
taint
To spoil something, especially food or blood, by adding a harmful substance, or to spoil people's opinion of someone.
knotty
(of a problem or difficulty) complicated and difficult to solve.
malfeasance
An example of dishonest and illegal behaviour, especially by a person in authority.
root out
to find something bad or illegal and get rid of it
elusive
Difficult to describe, find, achieve, or remember.
chock-full
very full, especially with things that are pleasant or enjoyable
myriad
A very large number of something.
daunting
Making you feel slightly frightened or worried about your ability to achieve something.
cater
To provide, and sometimes serve, food.
deem
To consider or judge something in a particular way.
excursion
A short journey usually made for pleasure, often by a group of people.
organic
organic food or drink is produced without using artificial chemicals
perimeter
The outer edge of an area of land or the border around it.
hover
To stay in one place in the air, usually by moving the wings quickly.
one-off
Something that happens or is made or done only once.
unrest
Disagreements or fighting between different groups of people.
vet
to check someone's character or reputation to find out if they are suitable for a particular job
trawl
to look for someone or something, for example by searching through a large amount of information
peg
A small stick or hook that sticks out from a surface and from which objects, especially clothes, can hang.
acquisition
The process of getting something.
benign
Pleasant and kind.
grapple
To fight, especially in order to win something.
swell
To become larger and rounder than usual; to (cause to) increase in size or amount.
reciprocate
To share the same feelings as someone else, or to behave in the same way as someone else.
undercut
To charge less than a competitor.
onset
the beginning of something, especially something bad
niche
A job or position that is very suitable for someone, especially one that they like.
leverage
the power to make someone do what you want
par
The same as or equal to someone or something.
requisite
Necessary or needed for a particular purpose.
echelon
A particular level or group of people within an organization such as an army or company.
seasoned
Having a lot of experience of doing something and therefore knowing how to do it well.
recede
to move back from a high point or level
commensurate
In a correct and suitable amount compared to something else.
tenant
A person who pays rent for the use of land or a building.
elastic
Describes material that is able to stretch and be returned to its original shape or size.
arbitrary
Based on chance rather than being planned or based on reason.
taxing
Difficult or needing a lot of thought or effort.
substitute
To use something or someone instead of another thing or person.