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

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    shaI st@r

    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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    neI seI @r

    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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f@ na m@ n@n [or] f@ na m@ nan

definition 1:  a perceptible occurrence or fact.
example:  We witnessed the phenomenon of the aurora borealis when we were visiting Alaska.
example:  Tornadoes and hurricanes are severe weather phenomena.

definition 2:  an unusual or rare occurrence or fact, often one that cannot be explained; marvel.
example:  The popularity of the British rock group the Beatles was a phenomenon in the 1960s.
example:  The growing of a 1500-pound pumpkin was a phenomenon.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun phenomenon (or the plural phenomena)

VERB + phenomenon:    explain ~ ,  observe ~ , understand ~ , study ~ ,  describe ~ , investigate ~ , experience ~ , explore ~ , witness ~ , discover ~ , predict ~ , encounter ~ , document ~ , analyze ~ , simulate ~ ,  interrelate ~