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tricky

  

      adj   , trickier, trickiest  
1    involving snags or difficulties  
a tricky job     
2    needing careful and tactful handling  
a tricky situation     
3    characterized by tricks; sly; wily  
a tricky dealer     
  trickily      adv  
  trickiness      n  
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trickly, tricksy, trick, trickery

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adj.
1. [person] dishonest or suspect 2. [object] unreliable
[US] [informal] Ex1: I think his sources are hinky and I'll have to look into them. Ex2: Your brakes are a little hinky and you should get them replaced
v.
[subj: poiicemen] to herd [demonstrators] into a compact group in order to control their movements
n.
1. [Mil.] a pilot who comes in support of the leading aircraft. He is positionned besides and slightly behind the leading aircraft. 2. [Fig.] a person who helps a friend to approach potential partners
2. this meaning has been popularised by the TV series How I Met Your Mother
v.
1. shoot with a firearm using a type of cartridge that contains gunpowder but neither bullet nor pellet. 2. [slang][fig.] be infertile and unlikely to impregnate a woman (due to various issues such as a low sperm count)
1.The squaddies were training, shooting blanks 2.We had been trying to have a baby for ages until a series of fertility tests revealed I was shooting blanks.
v.
1. throw someone or something out of a window 2. [fig.][fam.] dismiss/remove (sb) from a position of authority/power
Ex1: The inspector considers the assumption that the victim might have been defenastrated. Ex2: Due to the lack of results, the decision was taken to 'defenestrate' the manager.
adj.
1. [Comp.] a device that once plugged in is automatically recognized by the system and launches the expected process without any action on the user's side; 2. [Bus.] a new employee who is able to start work without too much induction and training
[Comp.];[Bus.] can be used as both noun and adjective: plug and play device; plug and play employee or simply plug and play (noun)
adj.
[arch.] near in space, time or relation, almost (followed by: upon)
"nigh upon" is even stronger in keeping with an antiquated, even biblical style. "The end of the world is nigh upon us"
n.
1. a person who greatly dislikes a specified person or thing 2. [informal] a negative, critical, heinous person and more specifically the one who posts hate-filled comments online
Ex: He was described as a misogynist, homophobic, woman hater / That website has become a particularly vitriolic breeding ground for the haters
exp.
[as interjection] an expression of congratulations, thanks or respect
big up to the team for a great job
n.
[in Thailand] young male transsexual (often a sex worker)
adj.
[philos.] of or relating to a doctrine of holism ; characterized by the approach that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole
Ex: The lecturer emphasized the need for a holistic approach to fisheries
v.
1. [informal] die 2. fail 3. remain static
Ex1: The prisoner was injected a deadly drug and flatlined Ex2: His attempts to reach the summit have flatlined three times already Ex3.: The vote for the new party has flatlined at about 3%
adj.
[med.] of or relating to the medical consideration of the whole person in the treatment of a disease, not only physically but also taking into account mental and social factors rather than just the symptoms
Ex: That clinic offers a holistic medecine approach to treat both the body and the mind sometimes even using practises from eastern traditions such as meditation or acupuncture.
n.
1. Los Angeles or Hollywood, especially with regard to the film and television industry, in their reputed glamour and trendiness 2. a fanciful state or dreamworld [be in la-la land = a state of being out of touch with reality]
[US] [informal] 1. She's very fond of stories about life in la-la land 2. He's unrealistic about these issues and looks like he's in la-la land the whole time
adv.
extremely [with the idea of "abnormally"]
freakishly successful/large/lifelike
n.
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
n.
1. [Rel.] expression used to describe metaphorically a period of ignorance and spiritual crisis that precedes the communion with Divinity ; 2. in a larger meaning, it is used when refering to having a hard time, going through a phase of pessimism, sadness, failure etc.
exp.
defeat someone with arguments during a discussion; knock out [Fig.]
v.
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
n.
ideas, matters that people are currently most interested in
v.
to subject (an industry) to a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and a supplier, usually via mobile technology
[Bus.] From the taxi company 'Uber', which pioneered this business model
exp.
used to tell someone that you do not know any more about a subject than they do
Ex: Jill: 'How long should we bake this pie?' Jane: 'Your guess is as good as mine'.
adj.
Qualifies a person who has a deep understanding of a certain topic, usually feminism.
Example: Love hearing Daniel Radcliffe praise the HeForShe campaign, he is so woke!'
v.
add new material to or regularly update a blog ; write about an activity, event, situation, topic, etc. in a blog
It's about a fortnight since I last blogged / Her world tour is a great adventure, and the best thing is that you can tag along with her because she is blogging her trip in near-live time
n.
adding narrative to a topic ; transforming some facts into a story
exp.
think alike about a certain topic; be aligned in opinions; feel the same way about smth.
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