Royal flush – The Hindu (Nov 7, 2017)

Royal flush – The Hindu (Nov 7, 2017)

Ever since he was named the defence minister of Saudi Arabia in 2015, Mohammed bin Salman has had little patience for the way the kingdom is being ruled. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. crackdown (noun) – clampdown, getting tough/severe measures, suppression.
  2. reign (noun) – monarch, rule, sovereignty.
  3. sprang (past of spring) (verb) – announce/present/introduce suddenly.
  4. spearhead (verb) – lead, head/ front; be in the forefront of.
  5. consolidate (verb) – strengthen, secure, reinforce/fortify.
  6. cosy (adjective) – intimate, friendly; comfortable.
  7. conservative (adjective) – reactionary, traditionalist, unprogressive.
  8. neutralise (verb) – counteract, offset, balance.
  9. have someone’s ear (phrase) – attention, notice, heed.
  10. ulema (noun) – the Arabic term ulama literally means”the learned ones”. scholars of Muslim religious law.
  11. legitimacy (noun) – conformity to the law/rules; justification.
  12. upend (verb) – overturn, turn over, inverted/reversed.
  13. cleric (noun) – religious leader/priest.
  14. devoid of (adjective) – lacking, without, free from.
  15. ambitious (adjective) – determined, enthusiastic, striving/aspiring.
  16. non-starter (noun) – failure, fiasco, catastrophe/mess.
  17. backfire (verb) – rebound, boomerang, come back, have an adverse effect.
  18. spin out (phrasal verb) – prolong, protract,  stretch out/extend.
  19. adversary (noun) – opponent, rival, nemesis/competitor.
  20. awry (adjective) – amiss, wrong, not right.
  21. hotting-up (noun) – intensification; an increase in tension.
  22. bound to (adjective) – certain/sure, very likely, guaranteed.
  23. repercussion (noun) – consequence, result, effect.


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