The power of two – The Hindu (May 11, 2017)

The power of two – The Hindu (May 11, 2017)

When elections draw near, rivalries within parties intensify. As Karnataka prepares for next year’s Assembly poll, front-line leaders of the two principal contenders for power,…. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1:

  1. hinge on (verb) – be dependent, be contingent, be based.
  2. factionalism (noun) – it refers to conflict and infighting between small groups (factions) within a larger one, especially in politics.
  3. extricate (verb) – free, release, get out/detach.
  4. tangle (noun) – muddle, mix-up, complicated state.
  5. strike a chord (phrase) – cause/arouse someone to feel emotion/sympathy.
  6. break away (phrasal verb) – leave, split with, separate from.
  7. jettison (verb)- discard, throw out, abandon.
  8. second fiddle (noun) – subordinate or less important role.
  9. defiant (adjective) – uncooperative/non-compliant, confrontational, challenging.
  10. conciliatory (adjective) – propitiatory, appeasing, pacifying/peacemaking.
  11. fissure (noun) – rift, split; disagreement.
  12. apolitical (adjective) – not interested/involved in politics.
  13. marauding (adjective) – to go around (or roam about) to attack people/steal things.
  14. stand up to (phrasal verb) – defy, challenge, oppose openly.
  15. hierarchy (noun) – ranking, grading; class system.
  16. pull one’s weight (phrase) – do one’s reasonable (good enough) share of work.



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