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Friday, 27 November 2015


- A large or dense group of flying insects.
- An aggregation of persons or animals, especially when moving in mass.

Magical ever changing shapes of the swarming starlings.
Image Credits : Gail
- During the summer, tourists swarm the little beach-side town.
- The dead sheep was covered with swarms of flies.


Wednesday, 25 November 2015


- To place side by side for comparison.

- The premiere attempts to juxtapose the good and the bad of online daters.
- A display that juxtaposes modern art with classical art


Wednesday, 4 November 2015


- Impossible to capture or enter by force.
- Strong enough to resist or withstand attack.

The old intra-mural city of Manila is surrounded by a parapeted wall which, at the time it was built, was considered to be one of the most impregnable fortifications in the world.
Image Credits : John Tewell 
- Apple Inc Claims Its New iPhones Are Impregnable.
- Each clan added such wonderful innovations to the fort’s defences that Daulatabad was considered virtually impregnable.
- Cook’s fortitude and defence looked impregnable.

Friday, 30 October 2015


- A quick and cheerful readiness to do something.
- Speed or quickness

She accepted the invitation with an alacrity
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- She accepted the invitation with an alacrity that surprised me.
- He had an alacrity of spirit that helped minimize the weight he carries.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Up The Ante

Up The Ante
- To raise the cost or risk of an activity
- Increase the stakes at risk, especially in conflict.

Ready to Up The Ante..??
Image Credits : Images Money
- Rival brands up the ante as Maggi relaunch nears in India.
- Halloween ups the ante on holiday spending.
- Obama ups the ante in Syria with TOW missiles.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015


- Manage to make a living with difficulty.
- To get with great difficulty

Image Credits :  Shahrokh Dabiri 
- The remains of yesterday's stew could be eked out to make another meal.
- Indices eke out a gain but stocks still groping for momentum.
- They managed to eke out a living by farming a small piece of land.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Magnum Opus

Magnum Opus
- The greatest single work of an artist, writer, or composer.
- A great work, especially the chief work of a writer or artist

The Hound of Baskervilles is the magnum opus of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- 'Bahubali' Rajamouli's magnum opus is a classic example of captivating storytelling.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s magnum opus has been radically redefined while still keeping to his roots and that in itself is amazing.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015


- To treat (a dead body) so as to preserve it, as with chemicals, drugs
- To keep unchanged.

Embalming fluids used in the early 20th century.
- Kalam's body has been taken to the military hospital for embalming.
- Embalming Fluid Exposure Puts Funeral Directors at Risk for ALS

Wednesday, 8 July 2015


- Lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise.
- Causing sadness or gloom.

Just another dreary rainy day.
Image Credits : Carnie Lewis
- I finished my work, there was nothing on TV, and the rain just wouldn't stop: what a dreary day!
- Jazz fest shines brightly on dreary day

Tuesday, 21 April 2015


- The action of reading or examining something.
- The act of perusing; survey; scrutiny:

- Lawyer Calls for Perusal of the plan Before Ratification
- Perusal of the main parties’ manifestos shows no one is offering more liberty.

Monday, 20 April 2015


- Paralyse with astonishment, horror, or other strong emotion.
- To convert into stone or a stony substance.

Petrified Wood at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Image Credits : Paul Cooper
- They are petrified as the town is under attack.
- The tragedy in his life petrified his emotions.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015


-  The process of determining the priority of patients' treatments based on the severity of their condition, when resources are insufficient for all to be treated immediately.
- Any system for prioritizing based on available resources, manpower, etc., as in an emergency

Triage Tag at a hospital.
Image Credits : Kieran
- Apart from the crashes there are other blocker issues that need to be triaged. [Engineering perspective]
- The triage nurse will keep people in the waiting room informed of any change in the waiting time.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015


- Having an unpleasant stale taste or smell as the result of decomposition
- Highly unpleasant; repugnant.

Image Credits : Giant Sloth
- An unscrupulous food vendor who's as rancid as the meat that he serves.
- Without preservatives, fat goes rancid.
- Ravi is one of an estimated 300,000 rag pickers who spend their days sifting through piles of rancid garbage in Delhi's capital.
- Seeds like sunflower and poppy also get rancid quickly so buy just what you intend on consume immediately.

Friday, 9 January 2015


- An expanse of water with many scattered islands
- A sea or stretch of water having many islands.

Man-made Archipelagos, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Image Credits : NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center 
-  In recent years, Indonesia carriers have place orders for hundreds of new commercial jets from Boeing and Airbus and increased flights across the archipelago nation.

-  The sprawling archipelago nation of 250 million people is one of Asia's most rapidly expanding airline markets, but is struggling to provide enough qualified pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers and updated airport technology to ensure safety.

Thursday, 8 January 2015


- A noisy and overexcited reaction or response to something.
- An episode involving excitement, confusion, turmoil, etc., especially a broil over a minor or ridiculous cause.

Image Credits : Lotus Carroll
- After the initial brouhaha, things got pretty quiet again.
- The IIT Roorkee lipstick brouhaha is just another in the series of incidents resulting from the perennial conflict between the old and the new.