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

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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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Aug
28
2013

period

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

pir i @d

noun
definition:  a specific, limited interval or span of time.
example:  He’s been missing for a period of six days.
example:  Years, months, and weeks are periods of time that most of us recognize.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun period 

PREPOSITION + period

  • during ~ (e.g., many times during the period between 1861 and 1865)
  • in ~ (e.g., while the artist was in her early period)
  • for ~ (e.g., in prison for a period of five years)

MODIFIER + period:    long ~, short ~ , extended ~ , same ~ ,  -year ~ (e.g., during a twelve-year period),
early ~ ,  prolonged ~ , brief ~ , initial ~ , specified ~ , limited ~ , minimum ~ , transitional ~ , active ~ , busy ~ , consultation ~ , probationary ~ , Roman ~