On the rocks – The Hindu (March 15, 2017)

On the rocks – The Hindu (March 15, 2017)

The timing of the announcement by Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, to seek a second referendum on independence for Scotland may be no more than strategic. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-2:

  1. on the rocks (phrase) – in difficulty, in trouble, breaking down.
  2. referendum (noun) – public vote; a direct vote in which people cast ballots to decide on a specific issue or policy (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  3. overwhelmingly (adverb) – extremely, very intensely, to a great degree.
  4. recede (verb)- diminish, lessen, decrease.
  5. revive (verb) – re-introduce, re-establish, restore/relaunch.
  6. futile (adjective) – pointless, useless, ineffective.
  7. assuage (verb) – decrease, reduce, ease.
  8. red line (noun) – boundary, limit.
  9. counterpart (noun) – a person who serves the same job/function but in a different location; equivalent.
  10. bloc (noun) – alliance, association, coalition.
  11. coherent (adjective) – logical, reasonable, rational.
  12. slump (noun) – steep fall, collapse/decline, tumble/plummet.
  13. mounting (adjective) – increasing, growing, intensifying.
  14. fiscal deficit (noun) – the difference between total expenditure and total income of the government.
  15. champion (noun) – advocate, proponent, promoter/supporter.
  16. run up against (phrasal verb) – experience, encounter, face/meet (a difficulty/problem).
  17. cut much ice (phrase) – have much influence or effect.
  18. tear/rip apart (phrasal verb) – divide, split, disunite.
  19. sovereignty (noun) – autonomy, independence, self-government/rule.
  20. devolution (noun) – decentralization, delegation, distribution.
  21. short-sighted (adjective) – narrow-minded, unimaginative, lacking foresight.
  22. promise the moon (phrase) – excessive/elaborate/fancy promises which can not be realized.
  23. secessionist (noun) –  a person who supports the withdrawal of a group from a larger entity, especially a political entity.
  24. ratify (verb) – give consent (to agreement) or make agreement official; authorize, approve.
  25. undermine (verb) – subvert, weaken/reduce, compromise.


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