The Hindu Editorial (The Taiwan card) – Dec 06, 2018

The Hindu Editorial (The Taiwan card) – Dec 06, 2018

The huge gains for the opposition Kuomintang, or the Chinese Nationalist Party, in Taiwan’s local elections may help in gradually improving the island’s ties with mainland China. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (The Taiwan card) – Dec 06, 2018.

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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (The Taiwan card) – Dec 06, 2018:

  1. come under (phrasal verb) – be subjected to.
  2. adverse (adjective) –  unfavourable, disadvantageous.
  3. stronghold (noun) – fortress, fort, bastion.
  4. step down (phrasal verb) – resign, stand down, give up one’s job, give up one’s post, bow out.
  5. setback (noun) – problem, difficulty, issue.
  6. bid (noun) – attempt, effort, try.
  7. at variance with (phrase) – in conflict, in disagreement, at odds.
  8. assertion (noun) – declaration, statement, contention.
  9. sovereignty (noun) – autonomy, independence, self-government/self-rule.
  10. all the same (phrase) – anyway; nevertheless; nonetheless.
  11. escalate (verb) – increase, speed up, grow rapidly.
  12. jeopardise (verb) – threaten, endanger/imperil, put in danger/put at risk.
  13. precarious (adjective) – uncertain/unsure, insecure, unreliable/risky.
  14. leverage (verb) – influence, control, pressure.
  15. trade war (noun) – a condition in which a country increase tariffs on foreign goods and impose quota restrictions to restrict other countries’ trade.
  16. downgrade (verb) – reduce in importance, degrade, declass.
  17. predictably (adverb) – in a way that can be anticipated, as expected.
  18. friction (noun) – conflict, dispute, argument.
  19. mar (verb) – spoil/ruin, damage, wreck.
  20. meddling (noun) – the act of interfering in other’s matters needlessly.
  21. funnel (noun) – convey, move, pass.
  22. take down (phrase) – make a note of, set down, note down.
  23. overt (adjective) – obvious, noticeable, observable.
  24. covert (adjective) – secret, confidential, undercover.
  25. echo (noun) – repeat,  imitate, reiterate.
  26. clout (noun) – influence, power, control.
  27. referendum (noun) – public vote; a direct vote in which people cast ballots to decide on a specific issue or policy (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  28. status quo (noun) – the present situation, the current state, the existing state of affairs.
  29. stand to (phrasal verb) – be in a position, be ready.
  30. stay clear of (phrase) – keep away from, avoid, shun.


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