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A situation that is hard to get out of…. plight     A plight is a situation that’s hard to get out of. Learning about the plight of very poor people trying to rebuild their homes after a devastating earthquake might inspire you to send money to a charity.     Plight means predicament. It comes from the word for pleat,…

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 “foolish, wacky, or nutty.” daft   Daft means “foolish, wacky, or nutty.” like your daft idea of wearing flip-flops to hike through the snow so that you didn’t ruin your boots.   When the adjective daft is used, you know something extremely silly or obviously goofy is involved — like setting all your money on fire to keep warm, instead…

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To waste time doing nothing….     Faff Verb.     1. to waste time doing nothing.   2. to waste time doing stupid things   3. to delay, dilly-dally, especially before leaving the house to be on time somewhere.     Example 1: “I didn’t do anything on Sunday; I just faffed around the house.”   Example 2:   Person…

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artisan   An artisan has both the creativity and the skill to make a product. Wandering around a local craft fair, you will often see artisans selling handicrafts like pot holders or beaded jewelry.   In medieval times, blacksmiths, carpenters, and masons were artisan trades. Unskilled laborers were not. The hierarchy of skill and prestige among artisans, from apprentice…

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 To spend time or hang out with someone, especially at a social event. Hobnob   When you’re invited to a fancy benefit party at a museum, you might get to hobnob with socialites and minor celebrities.   When you hobnob, you mingle or pal around with fancy folks. People who work in book publishing occasionally get to hobnob…

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A group of three people who share power…. triumvirate   In America’s early days, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison were a triumvirate — three men whose leadership helped shape America.   The prefix tri means “three,” so it makes sense that triumvirate refers to a group of three. In this case, the three in question are powerful men who share…

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Being brash or irreverent cheeky   If you’re being cheeky you’re being brash or irreverent. If you’re a cheeky child, you’re probably just being impudent and disrespectful — and you’re probably going to get in trouble.   Cheeky has shades of meaning according to the degree of offense taken, and this may vary between British and American English. At the…