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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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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    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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Apr
10
2014

expect

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ihk spekt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to know or feel sure of in advance; believe certain or likely to happen.
example:  I expected that you would say something like that, so I came prepared.
example:  After that embarrassing incident, the president’s resignation was expected.
example:  I expected to find him at home at that hour.

definition 2:  to consider as one’s due or as fitting or proper in a particular situation.
example:  We expect a full explanation from you.
example:  One expects quiet in a library.
example:  Men were expected to take off their hats in the presence of a lady.

definition 3:  to consider (someone) under obligation to do something, or to consider (something) obligatory; require.
example:  They expect their children to carry on the family traditions.
example:  How can the professor expect us to finish this by Friday?
example:  Good behavior is expected of students at this school.
example:  I expect that you will keep your room clean and pay your rent on time.

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