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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
17
2013

reduce

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

rih dus

transitive verb
definition:  to make less in amount or size.
example:  I reduced the amount of sugar in the recipe.
example:  Building the new highway reduced traffic on the old one.
example:  Since the school budget was reduced, students receive less instruction in music and art.
example:  They temporarily reduced the price in order to increase sales.

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Collocations:     Words often used in combination with the transitive verb “reduce”

reduce + NOUN:    ~ risk,  ~ cost,  ~ number, ~  amount, ~  rate, ~  level,  ~ size,  ~ price,  ~ impact, ~ crime,  ~ waste,  ~ pressure