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- A combination of parts that create a complete whole
- Example :- The show was a wonderful amalgam of dance, music and drama. Nearly every new parent feels an amalgam of joy and terror.
- noun NOT MORAL
- 1. (a) moral fault or weakness in someone's character Greed, pride, envy, dishonesty and lust are considered to be vices. mainly humorous My one real vice (= bad habit) is chocolate.
- 2. [ U ] illegal and immoral activities, especially involving illegal sex, drugs, etc. The chief of police said that he was committed to wiping out vice in the city
A short series of funny drawings with a small amount of writing which is usually published in a newspaper
- To cause repeated suffering or anxiety
- 1.Fighting in Vietnam was an experience that would haunt him for the rest of his life.
- 2.Thirty years after the fire he is still haunted by images of death and destruction.
- 1.An uncertain situation that you cannot control and in which there is no progress or improvement
- 2.A dance from the West Indies in which the dancer bends backwards to go under a low bar which is made lower each time he or she goes under it
To treat someone or something as if they are not important
- Unusual and strange, sometimes in an unpleasant way
- She has the most peculiar ideas.
- What a peculiar smell!
- perch in/on, etc. sth perch in/on, etc. sth to sit on or near the edge of something
- Example We perched on bar stools and had a beer.
- A blackbird was perching on the gate.
Quid pro quo
- something that is given to a person in return for something they have done
- Example The government has promised food aid as a quid pro quo for the stopping of violence.
- a successful way of curing an illness or dealing with a problem or difficulty
- Example An effective herbal remedy for headaches
- The best remedy for grief is hard work.
- (especially of dogs) to make a deep rough sound while showing the teeth, usually in anger or (of people) to speak or say something angrily and forcefully
- Example:- The dogs started to snarl at each other so I had to separate them.
- [ + speech ] "Go to hell!", he snarled. sn
- describes a long line of traffic that is unable to travel forward because something is blocking the road
- Example The traffic was snarled up in both directions for two miles because of the accident.
- 1.To kill someone by pressing their throat so that they cannot breathe
- She had been strangled with her own scarf and her body dumped in the woods.
- 2.To stop something from developing
- Example There is a great deal of fear that the new restrictions might strangle the country's economy.
- To prevent something from happening or someone from achieving a purpose
- Example:- In our search for evidence, we were stymied by the absence of any recent documents.
- To try to destroy or damage something, especially an established political system
- The rebel army is attempting to subvert the government. Our best intentions are sometimes subverted by our natural tendency to selfishness.
- something which fails to represent the values and qualities that it is intended to represent, in a way that is shocking or offensive
- Example:-Their production of 'Macbeth' was quite the worst I've ever seen - it was a travesty. Langdale described the court ruling as a travesty of justice .
- without knowing or planning
- Example:- The two women claimed they were the unwitting victims of a drugs dealer who planted a large quantity of heroin in their luggage.
Niche ( having two meaning)
One similar word is niche market
- 1. A job or position which is very suitable for someone, especially one that they like
- Example:-He has carved/made a niche for himself as a professional tennis player.
- 2. A hollow in a wall, especially one made to put a statue in so that it can be seen