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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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  • Vocabulary of the Day

    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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transitive verb
definition 1:  to emphasize; highlight.
example:  Her speech stressed the need to improve the city’s schools.
example:  The chef stressed the importance of measuring the ingredients carefully.
example:  The salesman stressed the usefulness of the product and avoided discussing the price.

definition 2:  to subject to pressure or strain.
example:  The heavy lifting stressed his back.

definition 3:  to utter (a word or syllable) with relatively greater emphasis.
example:  “I DO want to help!” she exclaimed, strongly stressing the word “do.”
example:  Americans stress the second syllable of the word “café,” but British speakers stress the first.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the transitive verb stress (definition 1)

stress + NOUN:    ~ importance (e.g., She stressed the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of disease), ~ need, ~ fact, ~ significance, ~ role, ~ necessity, ~ desirability, ~ danger, ~ potential, ~ similarity, ~ unity, ~ commonality, ~ primacy, ~ magnitude, ~ urgency