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- wag the dog (phrase) – something of lesser significance takes the role of something else of greater improtance purposefully.
- hardline (adjective) – strict, tough, extreme.
- the fringe (noun) – unconventional, unorthodox, experimental (activity).
- wag (verb) – swing, move to and fro, sway.
- vociferous (adjective) – outspoken, vigorous, insistent.
- firebrand (noun) – radical, revolutionary, an orator expresses opinions strongly about a particular subject.
- cede (verb) – surrender, concede, relinquish/give up.
- faction (noun) – group, camp, section.
- defiant (adjective) – uncooperative/non-compliant, confrontational, challenging.
- divisive (adjective) – isolating/separating, dividing; disharmonious.
- rhetoric (noun) – bombast, loftiness, hyperbole/extravagant language.
- willy-nilly (adverb) – whether one likes it or not; randomly, without planning.
- hold (noun) – power, control, authority.
- discourse (noun) – debate, argument, discussion.
- bound to (adjective) – certain, sure, very likely.
- bait (noun) – trap, enticement, temptation/inducement.
- implicate in (verb) – involve in, concern with, associate with.
- triumphalism (noun) – an attitude or a belief that a particular doctrine, religion, culture, social system is superior to and should triumph all over others.
- rein in (verb) – restrict, control, regulate.
- standing (noun) – status, social position, level.
- persuasion (noun) – character, nature, disposition.
- outflank (verb) – circumvent, bypass, throw off.
- alter ego (noun) – companion, close/trusted friend, intimate.
- the helm (noun) – in charge, responsible, in authority.
- beholden (adjective) – indebted, obligated, duty-bound.
- clout (noun) – influence, power, control.
- mend (verb) – set right, amend, improve
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