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equivocate

|ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪt|

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Слово Дня - equivocate - увиливать, говорить двусмысленно, затемнять смысл, говорить уклончиво

Description

to use unclear language especially to deceive or mislead someone

Examples

  • When asked about her tax plan, the candidate didn’t equivocate.
  • The applicant seemed to be equivocating when we asked him about his last job.
  • Bishops obfuscate, cardinals equivocate and Church spokesmen prevaricate as the tide of media condemnation surges around them.
  • After kissing the subject, he just tapers off, equivocates, engages in euphemism.
  • He has equivocated, frustrating even ardent supporters like Tauzin; and when he has finally acted, it has been to prolong rather than shorten the telecom slump.
  • After initially equivocating, the ruler finally expressed on 15 August 1947 a preference to join Pakistan.
  • It sounded like I was equivocating; that it wasn’t a real apology.

 

Translation

увиливать, говорить двусмысленно, затемнять смысл, говорить уклончиво

hackneyed

|ˈhaknɪd|

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Слово Дня - hackneyed - избитый, банальный, затасканный, тривиальный

Description

not interesting, funny, etc., because of being used too often; not fresh or original

Examples

  • They also provide English with a number of now rather hackneyed phrases like ‘to cry wolf’.
  • That’s one of those hackneyed sayings we grow accustomed to from a young age.
  • If only they had used biblical language at least it would have sounded less trite, hackneyed and cliched.
  • The blame, say critics, lies with the hackneyed, highly predictable plots.
  • Maybe it’s time to trot out that hackneyed phrase about ‘the pace of modern life’.

 

Translation

  • избитый, банальный, затасканный, тривиальный