The Hindu Editorial (Sweating the small stuff) – May 31, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Sweating the small stuff) – May 31, 2021

The GST Council, which met last Friday, could not live up to the expectations of some meaningful relief from the disastrous second wave of the pandemic. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Sweating the small stuff) – May 31, 2021.

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The Hindu Editorial (Sweating the small stuff) – May 31, 2021:

  1. sweat the small stuff (phrase) – to worry about small things.
  2. weightier comparative adjective of weighty (adjective) – important, significant, major.
  3. hang fire (phrase) – delay, hold back, stop, pause.
  4. set the stage for (phrase) – prepare the circumstances for the beginning of something.
  5. acrimony (noun) – hostility, enmity, bitterness, rancour, resentment.
  6. live up to (phrasal verb) – satisfy, fulfil, achieve, meet.
  7. live up to the expectations (phrase) – fulfil/meet the expectations.
  8. disastrous (adjective) – terrible/horrible, shocking, unfortunate, ill-fated, detrimental.
  9. pandemic (noun) – the worldwide spread of a new disease; The illness spreads around the world and typically affects a large number of people across a wide area.
  10. measure (noun) – action, step, procedure.
  11. unveil (verb) – present, disclose, make public.
  12. insipid (adjective) – uninteresting, boring, unexciting, inadequate.
  13. keep one’s fingers crossed (phrase) – to express the hope that something (good) will happen (or come to pass); hope/wish for good luck.
  14. vaccination (noun) – treatment with a vaccine to protect against a particular disease; immunization.
  15. lockdown (noun) – an emergency protocol implemented by the authorities that prevents people from leaving from a place; An extended state of confinement/encirclement/isolation of a person by the authority.
  16. grapple with (verb) – tackle, confront, deal with, cope with.
  17. cash/funds crunch (noun) – an acute shortage (or “drying up”) of cash/funds.
  18. amid (preposition) – in the middle of, surrounded by; during.
  19. scramble (noun) – struggle, hurry, rush.
  20. vaccine (noun) – a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease.
  21. amnesty scheme (noun) – a scheme by which small firms can file their pending GST returns and pay late payments with reduced interest levied on them.
  22. amnesty (noun) – official pardon, reprieve, forgiveness.
  23. levy (verb) – impose, charge (a tax, fee, fine).
  24. compliance (noun) – conformity, observance, observation, accordance, adherence.
  25. respite (noun) – rest, break, interval; relief, relaxation, repose.
  26. underwhelm (verb) – not good enough, disappoint, be unsatisfactory, not exciting.
  27. noise (noun) – regular remarks.
  28. to that effect (phrase) – (having that) idea, intention, meaning, significance.
  29. runaway (adjective/noun as modifier) – out of control, uncontrolled, unchecked.
  30. press (verb) – plead, urge; pressurize, push.
  31. waiver (noun) – deferral, rejection, renunciation (with no stipulations/restrictions).
  32. subject (noun) – something (e.g. a person/situation) that causes a particular feeling/action.
  33. deliberation (noun) – consideration, thought/thinking, careful discussion, contemplation.
  34. pore over (verb) – scrutinize, examine, go over, go through.
  35. rate cut (noun) – reduction in the interest rate.
  36. empower (verb) – authorize, entitle, permit, allow.
  37. concur (verb) – permit, consent to, agree to, allow, assent to.
  38. allege (verb) – claim, assert, state; charge, accuse
  39. vociferously (adverb) – loud & forcefully.
  40. Tax maven (noun) – Tax experts.
  41. moot (verb) – put forward, introduce, advance, present.
  42. conscious (adjective) – aware, mindful, sensible.
  43. optics (noun) – (typically in a political situation) the way in which an event is recognized by the public.
  44. come to the table (phrase) – to meet and discuss a particular thing (e.g. a problem, issue, situation, etc).
  45. state-approved (adjective) – approved by the government.
  46. quell (verb) – suppress, silence, repress; end, finish, stifle, thwart.
  47. compensation (noun) – payment, repayment, settlement (for loss/damage).
  48. GST Compensation (noun) – Under the GST law (In India), state governments are guaranteed full compensation for any revenue loss for the first five years after the introduction of the goods and services tax (GST) in July 2017. The compensation is a gap between actual revenue collected and projected revenue.
  49. dues (noun) – payment (which is (long) pending).
  50. schism (noun) – a division between people within a group with differences in opinion; separation, split, rift.
  51. apparent (adjective) – evident/clear, visible, noticeable, recognizable.
  52. fray (verb) – strain, overtax, irritate.
  53. acrimonious (adjective) – angry, bitter, harsh, hostile, hate-filled, ill-natured.
  54. parley (noun) – negotiation, talk/dialogue, discussion.
  55. for instance (phrase) – as an example.
  56. cess (noun) – a form of tax charged/levied over and above the base tax liability of a taxpayer. A cess is usually imposed additionally when the state or the central government looks to raise funds for specific purposes.
  57. cope with (verb) – deal withgrapple with, handle/manage.
  58. back (verb) – support, endorse, stand by.
  59. virtually (adverb) – practically, almost, nearly.
  60. derail (verb) – obstruct, interrupt, impede/thwart.
  61. edifice (noun) – building, structure; a (complex) system/structure.
  62. subsume (verb) – include, incorporate, absorb, encompass.
  63. levy (noun) – imposition, charging, collection (of a tax, fee, fine).
  64. recompense (verb) – compensate, repay, settle (for loss/damage). 
  65. flak (noun) – criticism, censure, hostility.
  66. responsive (adjective) – reactive, receptive, amenable, flexible, open-minded.
  67. intellectual (adjective) – rational, psychological, logical.
  68. ideological (adjective) – relating to a system of ideas.
  69. precarious (adjective) – risky, dangerous, unsafe; hazardous, perilous, unreliable.
  70. gesture (noun) – action, deed, move.
  71. implications (noun) – consequence/outcome, ramification, repercussion.
  72. room (noun) – scope, opportunity, chance (for something to happen).
  73. strike (verb) – achieve, reach, arrive at; agree, settle on.
  74. common ground (phrase) – shared opinions, beliefs (or interests).
  75. loom (verb) – emerge, appear, become visible, take a threatening shape.
  76. regime (noun) – system.


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