The Hindu Editorial (Pull-out puzzle) – Jan 11, 2019

The Hindu Editorial (Pull-out puzzle) – Jan 11, 2019

President Donald Trump’s planned withdrawal of American troops from Syria ran into trouble this week as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Pull-out puzzle) – Jan 11, 2019.

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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Pull-out puzzle) – Jan 11, 2019

  1. pull-out (noun) – withdrawal, departure, exit/leave.
  2. puzzle (noun) – mystery, contradiction, irregularity/anomaly.
  3. rebuff (verb) – reject, refuse, decline.
  4. run into (phrasal verb) – experience, encounter, meet with.
  5. orderly (adjective) – well organized/behaved, methodical/systematic, peaceful.
  6. war-torn (adjective) – (of a place) devastated, ruined, wrecked (by war).
  7. ostensibly (adverb) – apparently, seemingly, on the face of it.
  8. offshoot (noun) – subsidiary, branch, derivative.
  9. deem (verb) – regard as, consider; think/judge.
  10. lash out (phrasal verb) – criticize, attack, censure verbally.
  11. in a fix (phrase) – in a bad situation.
  12. geopolitical (adjective) – relating to (the study of) the effects of geography (human and physical) on politics and international relations.
  13. the equation (noun) – the situation, the problem, the case.
  14. pivotal (adjective) – central, crucial, vital/critical.
  15. autonomous (adjective) – self-governing/ruling, independent, sovereign.
  16. stakeholder (noun) – a person with an interest in something.
  17. bargaining chip (noun) – something which is used to negotiate with others while trying to get a deal/an agreement.
  18. extract (verb) – obtain, get, receive/derive.
  19. concession (noun) – admission, acknowledgement, acceptance,.
  20. hamstring (verb) – cripple, handicap, constrain/restrict.
  21. pursue (verb) – engage in, follow, conduct.
  22. unilateral (adjective) – relating to a method of taking decisions (on international relations) by a state (country) individually without considering other states (countries).
  23. at the mercy of (phrase) – in the power of, in the control of, unprotected against.
  24. walk back (phrasal verb) – reverse, change; retreat.
  25. station (verb) – position, place, set.
  26. aversion (noun) – opposition, hostility, resentment.
  27. stagger (verb) – shatter, take aback, shake up/jolt.


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The Hindu Editorial (Pull-out puzzle) - Jan 11, 2019

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