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to spill over
to overflow or be forced out of an area
tear gas
gas that irritates the eyes and causes blinding tears
water cannon
a machine that fires water at high pressure, used especially to disperse crowds
draconian
very severe, harsh
to hurl
to throw with great force
to detain
to force someone officially to stay in a place
to escalate into something
to intensify into something; to increase gradually into something
clash
a fight or argument between people
budget cut
the act of reducing budgeted expenditures
molotov cocktail
a bottle of petrol with a short-delay fuse or wick
grenade
a small bomb thrown by hand or shot from a gun
to use extensively
to use a lot
slash
a long, deep cut
wage
payment for labor or services to a worker
pension
A sum of money paid regularly as a retirement benefit
devastating
causing a lot of damage or destruction
austerity
severe and rigid economy
tyranny
a government in which a single ruler is vested with absolute power
to sign into law
to sign legislation as a mark of official approval
bailout
when someone helps a person or organization that is in difficulty, usually by giving or lending them money