The Hindu Editorial (Challenger’s challenge) – Feb 25, 2020
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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Challenger’s challenge) – Feb 25, 2020:
- widen (verb) – increase, develop, augment, enlarge.
- compromise (verb) – undermine, weaken, damage.
- optics (noun) – (typically in a political situation) the way in which an event is recognized by the public.
- bilateral (adjective) – involving two groups or countries.
- bonhomie (noun) – friendliness, warmth, geniality/affability.
- maiden (adjective) – first, initial, inaugural.
- back home (phrase) – in one’s country/hometown.
- the clock is ticking (phrase) – time is running out; time is passing quickly.
- train one’s guns on (phrase) – it (figuratively) means to give close, possibly hostile, attention to something; targeting someone/something.
- for some time now (phrase) – for a (long enough) period of time.
- precede (verb) – begin, come/go before, usher in, pave the way for.
- blistering (adjective) – intense, strong, fierce.
- stand out from the pack (phrase) – to be different from other people; distinct, noticeable, unique.
- drop out (phrasal verb) – withdraw from, give up, cancel.
- herd (noun) – group, crowd, the people.
- winnow (verb) – remove (people from a group to reduce its size and to have only the best people left in that group).
- primary (noun) – (in the US) an election in which members of the same political party run against each other for the chance to be in a larger and more important election, especially presidential election.
- caucus (noun) – (in the US) a party-organized gathering of members to discuss their presidential preferences, elect local party leadership and discuss issues that make up the party’s platform. A closed meeting of supporters or members of a specific political party or movement. It is also defined as hours-long voting meeting run by a political party.
- edge (noun) – advantage, lead, head start.
- strident (adjective) – in an excessively forceful way; high-pitched, loud & harsh.
- critic (noun) – fault-finder, detractor, censurer.
- self-professed (adjective) – avowed; acknowledged oneself.
- socialist (noun) – leftist, left-winger.
- pull away from (phrasal verb) – withdraw, leave, pull out of.
- perhaps (adverb) – maybe, possibly.
- toe-to-toe (adjective) – (of two people) fighting with each other very strongly/determinedly in a close and direct confrontation (competition).
- askance (adverb) – suspiciously, distrustfully, doubtfully.
- mainstream (adjective) – accepted/established/recognized something by most people as a normal/conventional.
- ethos (noun) – ethics/beliefs, principles, standards.
- mettle (noun) – spirit, strength of character, nerve/determination.
- take on (phrasal verb) – compete against, oppose, challenge/confront.
- excesses (noun) – uncontrolled/unrestricted behaviour.
- lean on (phrasal verb) – compel, put pressure on, force; depend on, rely on.
- trait (noun) – characteristic, attribute, feature.
- apparent (adjective) – noticeable, recognizable, evident/obvious.
- indeed (adverb) – in fact, actually, undeniably.
- tap into (verb) – draw on, exploit, make use of, use/utilize.
- surmount (verb) – overcome, triumph over, get over (a difficulty or obstacle).
- deepen (verb) – increase, intensify, escalate.
- ethnicity (noun) – a category of people who identify with each other based on common language, ancestral, social, cultural, or national experiences.
- considerably (adverb) – greatly, significantly, substantially.
- corner (verb) – take over, control, dominate.
- delegate (noun) – a representative/member of a committee.
- up for grabs (phrase) – available, obtainable, unengaged.
- hopeful (noun) – a person who likely to succeed.
- even the score (phrase) – to get enough scores/points/wins as one’s opponent.
- moderate (verb) – decrease, control, reduce.
- dogmatic (adjective) – insistent, adamant, uncompromising/unyielding, inflexible/rigid.
- ideological (adjective) – relating to a system of ideas.
- leave out (phrasal verb) – fail to include, not to include, omit/exclude.
- reach out (phrasal verb) – contact someone to obtain/offer help/assistance/cooperation.
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