As election-eve budgets go, Interim Budget 2019-20 must rank as one of the most politically expedient ones this country has seen.
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Below is today’s Vocabulary for The Hindu Editorial (Shopping for votes: on the Interim Budget 2019-20) – Feb 02, 2019.
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Today’s Vocabulary for The Hindu Editorial (Shopping for votes: on the Interim Budget 2019-20) – Feb 02, 2019
- Interim (adjective) – अन्तरिम
Meaning – In or for the intervening period
Synonyms – provisional, transitional, temporary.
Sentence – An interim arrangement.
- Cast away (phrasal verb)
Meaning – discard/reject, abandon, leave behind.
- Convention (noun) – सम्मेलन
Meaning – An agreement between states covering particular matters, especially one less formal than a treaty.
Synonyms – protocol, custom/practice, agreement.
Sentence – International conventions and the rule of law must be observed.
- Sop (noun) – शराबी, घूस
Meaning – something insignificant given to stop criticism;
Synonyms – compromise, adjustment.
Sentence –My agent telephones as a sop but never finds me work.
- Expedient (noun) – उपाय
Meaning – (of an action) convenient and practical although possibly improper or immoral.
Synonyms – convenient, advantageous, beneficial; tactical/strategic.
Sentence – This is a very warped, although certainly expedient ‘analysis.’
- Shadow (noun) – प्रतिफल
Meaning – The slightest trace of something.
Synonyms – hint, faint sign, trace/glimmer.
Sentence – She knew without a shadow of a doubt that he was lying.
- Squarely (adverb) – वर्गाकार
Meaning – Directly, without deviating to one side.
Synonyms – precisely, exactly, directly.
Sentence – The nail was hit, but perhaps not as squarely as it could have been.
- Hustings (noun) – चुनाव
Meaning – election platform
Synonyms – campaign.
Sentence – He could hold his own in an election hustings.
- There is no denying (phrase)
Meaning – it is undoubtedly true.
- Distress (noun) – संकट
Meaning – Extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain.
Synonyms – anguish, suffering
Sentence – Her fingers flew to her throat in distress.
- Reel under (phrase)
Meaning – to suffer (due to a burden).
- Rebate (noun) – छूट
Meaning – A partial refund to someone who has paid too much for tax, rent, or a utility.
Synonyms – refund, repayment, deduction.
Sentence – Utility rebates can be obtained to make the financial deal even sweeter.
- Statute (noun) – क़ानून
Meaning – A written law passed by a legislative body.
Synonyms – law, regulation, rule.
Sentence – Rules are written to reflect the statutes passed in legislation.
- Leg-up (noun)
Meaning – support provided to improve one’s situation;
Synonyms – contribution, allowance, benefaction.
Sentence – To do so would mean giving a leg-up to the political opponents they defeated yesterday.
- Glide-path (noun) – उडान पथ
Meaning – a series of actions taken to get the expected result.
Synonyms – trajectory, approach
Sentence – If it’s too much sink, it’s time to alter your glide path to get out of the sink.
- Spur (verb) – प्रेरणा
Meaning – A thing that prompts or encourages someone; an incentive.
Synonyms – stimulate, galvanize, encourage/motivate.
Sentence – Wars act as a spur to practical invention.
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