Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    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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Sep
13
2013

lifeline

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

laIf laIn

noun

1. an anchored line or rope thrown to support a person in danger of drowning or falling.

2. a safety line strung along the deck of a ship as a handhold in stormy weather.

3. the line used to raise and lower a diver.

4. the only available route or means by which necessary or vital supplies can be transported.

5. a source of or means to what is vital for survival or continuance.

example: “In good conscience, we cannot let another year pass without extending to all seniors the lifeline of affordable prescription drugs.”

6. in palmistry, a curved line at the base of the thumb that reveals information about a person’s life.