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  • Word of the Day
    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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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    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
30
2013

shoal [1]

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shol

noun

1. a shallow area within a body of water.
2. an elevated ridge or area in the bottom of a body of water, esp. one that is uncovered at low tide; sandbar.

adjective

shallow, esp. when constituting a hazard for boats.
example: A fleet of fifteen warships lay moored in shoal water.

intransitive verb

to become shallower.
example: We got into the channel, and continued some time in deep water, but this suddenly shoaled, and the boats grounded near a mangrove, just as we came in sight of a village.

transitive verb
1. to cause to become shallower.
2. to sail or pilot (a vessel) into dangerously shallow waters; run aground.