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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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May
28
2013

measure

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

me zh@r

noun
definition 1:  calculation of exact dimensions within time or space, such as length, quantity, duration, weight, or capacity.
example:  She made a careful measure of the distance.

definition 2:  (often plural) something done to achieve an end.
example:  The state government passed a new measure to curb air pollution.
example:  The school is taking new measures to prevent students from dropping out.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun “measure” (definition 2)

VERB + measure:  introduce ~, propose ~, adopt ~, take ~, decide on ~ , approve ~, implement ~,  pass ~ , impose ~, recommend ~, undertake ~, require ~, design ~, devise ~, institute ~

MODIFIER + measure:   necessary ~, effective ~, emergency ~, adequate ~, preventative ~, appropriate ~, extreme ~, drastic ~ practical ~, precautionary ~, temporary ~, remedial ~, additional ~, security ~, safety ~, control ~, conservation ~