The last resort – The Hindu (Nov 16, 2017)

The last resort – The Hindu (Nov 16, 2017)

There is usually little to be gained in delaying the inevitable by a day or two. After the Kerala High Court passed strictures against him for filing a….  For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. last resort (phrase) – a final course of action when all else has failed; temporary solution, makeshift; ultimate, final, eventual.
  2. the inevitable (noun) – a situation which is unavoidable.
  3. stricture (noun) – constraint, restriction, limitation/control.
  4. inexplicably (adverb) – in a way something can not be accountable /explainable/ understandable.
  5. dither (verb) – hesitate, be in two minds, be undecided/unsure.
  6. embarrass (verb) – upset, disconcert/discomfit, make uncomfortable.
  7. encroachment (noun) –taking away (gradually) of others’ areas (beyond acceptable limits).
  8. stake (noun) – share, investment, involvement.
  9. step down (phrasal verb) – resign, withdraw, give up one’s job.
  10. propriety (noun) – morality, correctness, decency.
  11. reprimand (noun) – rebuke, scolding, criticism.
  12. tide over (phrasal verb) – sustain/keep going; help/assist.
  13. engulf (verb) – affect/disturb, overwhelm, overrun.
  14. betray (verb) – reveal, expose, disclose/uncover.
  15. nose-in-the-air (phrase) – an unfriendly arrogant manner, haughtily. thinking oneself better than others.
  16. head-in-the-sand (phrase) – avoiding/ignoring the facts which are unpleasant.
  17. under a cloud (phrase) – under suspicion, discredited, disgraced.
  18. reclamation (noun) – rehabilitation, renewal, reformation.
  19. rivulet (noun) – very small river or stream.
  20. be bound by (verb) – limit, restrict/restrain, confine.
  21. wash (verb) – be accepted, be plausible, be convincing.
  22. in the face of (phrase) – despite/in spite of, notwithstanding, regardless of.
  23. boycott (verb) – avoid, ignore, snub/spurn.
  24. on the ground (phrase) – in a situation/place where things are happening really/practically.
  25. strident (adjective) – (of opinions/comments) harsh/rough, loud, grating.
  26. portfolio (noun) – the position/duties of a minister/secretary of state.
  27. sting operation (noun) – a deceptive/trickery operation designed to catch a person committing a crime.
  28. deft (adjective) – skilful, adept, efficient/impressive.
  29. manoeuvre (noun) – stratagem, tactic/trick, scheme.


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