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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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Jun
20
2014

balance

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

bae l@ns

noun
definition 1:  a state in which opposing forces are equal.
example:  It’s a challenge to keep the demands of work and the demands of family in balance.

definition 2:  physical or mental stability, or the capacity to reach stability when required.
example:  The skier’s balance was off in that last move, and it caused her to slide.
example:  It’s been hard for him to regain his balance since the death of his wife.
example:  Good balance is a requirement for figure skating.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the noun balance

VERB + balance:    maintain ~ , achieve ~ , strike ~ , lose ~ , upset ~ , disturb ~ , regain ~, restore ~ , improve ~ , alter ~ , seek ~ , find ~