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perch
To sit on or near the edge of something.
pier
a structure built out from the land over water and used for getting on and off boats
placid
Having a calm appearance or characteristics.
pore over
To read or study carefully and attentively
recoup
To get back money that you have spent or lost.
respite
A pause or rest from something difficult or unpleasant.
scalpel
A very sharp knife that is used for cutting through skin and flesh during an operation.
skew
To cause something to be not straight or exact; to twist or distort.
spectre
The idea of something unpleasant that might happen in the future.
spew
If something spews liquid or gas, or liquid or gas spews from something, it flows out in large amounts.
subliminal
Not recognized or understood by the conscious mind, but still having an influence on it.
titbit
A small piece of interesting information, or a small dish of pleasant-tasting food.
vain
Unsuccessful; of no value.
vexation
Worry or anger.
ascribe
to believe something is the cause of something else
assert
to state firmly that something is true
char
To burn and become black or to burn something so that it becomes black.
compatriot
A person who comes from the same country.
compunction
A slight guilty feeling about something you have done or might do.
crouch
to move your body close to the ground by bending your knees and leaning forwards slightly
envoy
Someone who is sent as a representative from one government or organization to another.
hoist
To lift something heavy, sometimes using ropes or a machine.
incendiary
Designed to cause fires.
proactive
Taking action by causing change and not only reacting to change when it happens.
instigate
To cause an event or situation to happen by making a set of actions or a formal process begin.
iridescent
Showing many bright colours that change with movement.
mediate
to try to end a disagreement between two people or groups
ominous
Suggesting that something unpleasant is likely to happen.
pasture
land covered with grass where sheep, cows etc are kept
pitch
a flat area of ground for playing particular sports on. The American word is field
procession
a line of people or vehicles moving in a slow and formal way as part of an event
prolific
Producing a great number or amount of something.
shrub
a low thick bush, especially one that has been planted in a garden
sprout
To produce leaves, hair, or other new developing parts, or (of leaves, hair, and other developing parts) to begin to grow.
voluminous
voluminous clothing has a lot of material in it and is loose on your body
flout
To intentionally not obey a rule, law, or custom.
hue
(a degree of lightness, darkness, strength, etc. of) a colour.
abolish
To end an activity or custom officially.
archetypal
very typical of a particular type of person or thing
artefact
An object that is made by a person, such as a tool or a decoration, especially one that is of historical interest.
bellwether
Someone or something that shows how a situation will develop or change.
bilateral
Involving two groups or countries.
brazen
Obvious, without any attempt to be hidden.
chequered
Having had both successful and unsuccessful periods in your past.
conundrum
A problem that is difficult to deal with.
decisive
Able to make decisions quickly and confidently, or showing this quality.
defray
(especially of an organization) to pay the cost of something.
delve
To search, especially as if by digging, in order to find a thing or information.
dense
Having parts that are close together so that it is difficult to go or see through.
emphatic
Done or said in a strong way and without any doubt.
enclave
an area of a country or city where a particular group of people live
eradicate
To get rid of something completely or destroy something bad.
fetter
To keep someone within limits or stop them making progress.
funnel
a tube that is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom, used for pouring liquid or powder into a container
lancet
a small knife with two sharp edges used by doctors
laudable
deserving to be praised or admired
laze
To relax and enjoy yourself, doing very little.
seam
a line of stitches that joins two pieces of cloth
serendipitous
pleasant and happening by chance
showpiece
An extremely good example of something, which deserves to be admired.
smear
To spread a liquid or a thick substance over a surface.
tit-for-tat
Actions done intentionally to punish other people because they have done something unpleasant to you.
tout
to praise someone or something because you want other people to think they are good or important
wharf
An area like a wide wall built near the edge of the sea or a river where ships can be tied and goods can be taken off them.
scrutiny
The careful and detailed examination of something in order to get information about it.
abhor
To hate a way of behaving or thinking, often because you think it is not moral.
abiding
an abiding feeling, interest, or belief is one that you have had for a long time and that is not likely to change
abject
The state of being extremely unhappy, poor, unsuccessful, etc..
accumulate
To collect a large number of things over a long period of time.
beleaguered
Having a lot of problems or difficulties.
blue-collar
Describes people who do work needing strength or physical skill rather than office work.
confine
To limit an activity, person, or problem in some way.
defiance
Behaviour in which you refuse to obey someone or something.
dubious
Thought not to be completely true or not able to be trusted.
electorate
All the people who are allowed to vote.
enervated
feeling tired and weak
enlist
To join the armed forces.
entice
To persuade someone to do something by offering them something pleasant.
enumerate
To name things separately, one by one.
equitable
fair and reasonable because everyone is treated in the same way
ethos
The set of beliefs, ideas, etc. about the social behaviour and relationships of a person or group.
expedite
To make something happen more quickly.
flyer
an announcement or advertisement that is printed on a sheet of paper and given to people
hike
A long walk, especially in the countryside.
icing
A sweet food used to cover or fill cakes, made from sugar and water or sugar and butter.
imminent
Coming or likely to happen very soon.
impede
To make it more difficult for something to happen or more difficult for someone to do something.
influx
The fact of a large number of people or things arriving at the same time.
insignia
a mark or sign that shows someone's rank or status, or what organization they belong to
lofty
a lofty building or structure is very tall
meagre
(of amounts or numbers) very small or not enough.
meddle
To try to change or have an influence on things that are not your responsibility, especially by criticizing in a damaging or annoying way.
meritocracy
a system or society in which people have influence or status according to their abilities and achievements rather than because of the social class to which they belong
noose
One end of a rope tied to form a circle that can be tightened round something such as a person's neck to hang (= kill) them.
nullify
to make something lose its legal effect
in the offing
Likely to happen soon; We have several projects in the offing.
pre-emptive
Describes something that is done before other people can act, especially to prevent them from doing something else.
railing
A vertical post, usually metal or wooden, that is used together with other such posts to form a fence.
splurge
To spend a lot of money on buying goods, especially expensive goods.
stalemate
A situation in which neither group involved in an argument can win or get an advantage and no action can be taken.