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    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Feb
21
2014

assist

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@ sIst

transitive verb
definition 1:  to give support or aid to.
example:  You may need a lawyer to assist you with the legal forms.
example:  The resource librarian can assist you in your search.

definition 2:  to act as a helper or subordinate to.
example:  A fellow surgeon at the hospital will be assisting him in the operation.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the transitive verb assist (definition 1)

assist + PREPOSITION

  • ~ in  (e.g., assist her in her research, assisted him in his efforts to win election, assist them in the implementation of the new equipment, assist the doctor in reaching a diagnosis, assist them in the development of the new product, assist them in the rescue of the crew)
  • ~ with (e.g., assist him with the luggage, assist them with the organizing of the office, assist them with the preparation for the event, assist her with the fundraising, assist her with the planning)