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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Jun
05
2013

preliminary

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

prih lI m@  ner i

adjective
definition:  coming before, esp. in preparation for, something else.
example:  Our team lost in the preliminary round and won’t be going to the final competition.
example:  The school principal made some preliminary remarks before the guest speaker addressed the students.
example:  I did poorly on the preliminary exam, so I’ll have to study harder for the final.

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preliminary + NOUN:    ~ results, ~  investigation, ~  finding (e.g., preliminary findings from research), ~ hearing,  ~ report, ~  remarks, ~  examination, ~  estimate,  ~ sketch,  ~ draft,  ~ discussion,  ~ trial,  ~ inquiry, ~ round, ~  conclusion,  ~ observation,  ~ analysis,  ~ announcement,  ~ assessment