long game n. considering the future implications of current choices, thinking ahead, being deliberate and patienttrajectory n. path followed by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given forces
Abbott is playing the long game, recognizing that his handling won’t be judged on momentary headlines, but on the long-term trajectory of the virus in his state.
bolster v. support or strengthen; prop upramp up v. increase or cause to increase in the amount
While the US has ramped up economic pressure, activists have launched a campaign accusing firms of bolstering from the exploitation of the Muslim minority group.
grim a. forbidding or uninvitingrampant a. flourishing or spreading unchecked
Researchers put this down to two grim factors: many were sent to work in rice plantations where malaria and other dangerous conditions were rampant.
cull v. kill animals, especially the weaker members of them, in order to reduce or limit their numbermink n. a small animal with valuable fur that is used to make expensive coats, or the fur from this animal
when tests on 13 July showed that 87 percent of the mink were infected, health authorities ordered for all 92,700 of the semi-aquatic animals to be culled.
custodial a. relating to or requiring imprisonmentinstrumental a. serving as a means of pursuing an aim or policy
An Instagram video about the custodial deaths of a father and son was instrumental in getting the case national attention.
gauge v. estimate or determine the magnitude, amount, or volume oftake up v. claim or accept of something, esp a state benefit, that is due or available
It is difficult to gauge the number of Hong Kong residents who will take up the UK's offer at this moment.
draconian a. excessively harsh and severechatter n. incessant trivial talk
Since China imposed a draconian National Security law on Hong Kong, a lot of dinner party chatter has been about personal exit strategies.
bump into v. meet someone unexpectedly, accidentally hit against somethingscuffle n. a short, confused fight or struggle at close quarters
Their border patrols often bump into each other, resulting in occasional scuffles but both sides insist no bullet has been fired in four decades.
afloat a. out of debt or difficultyprose n. written language in its ordinary form rather than poetry
Alcott was living in a basement apartment with her family, and they were struggling to stay afloat; even then, her prose was impressive.
glimpse n. a momentary or partial viewprolific a. present in large numbers or quantities, plentiful
The story offers a new glimpse into the imagination of a writer who was prolific even as a teenager.
crop up v. appear, occur, or come to one's notice unexpectedlyshield v. protect someone or something from a danger
The same issue crops up in deciding who should be shielding and whether some people need extra protection in the workplace.
implication n. a conclusion that can be drawn from something, although it is not explicitly statedgrapple v. engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons
It does have far-reaching implications that are difficult to grapple.
devour v. read books or literature quickly and eagerlypropel v. drive, push, or cause to move in a particular direction
As a little girl, Sullivan was already devouring every newspaper she could find on the subject; it was a time when the Mercury Seven were propelling the image of astronauts into America's mind.
rowdy a. noisy and disorderly