Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I a on the right track with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
Around two thousand Georgian opposition protesters took to the streets of the capital Tbilisi on Saturday to commemorate the second anniversary of a crackdown on mass demonstrations that injured.
crackdown (n) = an act or example of forceful regulation, repression, or restraint; severely repressive actions
crack down (v) = clamp down = act more forcefully to regulate, repress, or restrain
They understood that the time was such that they needed to be persistent, they were right in the middle of changes underway in the Soviet Union, in Central and Eastern Europe, there were velvet revolutions – or woolen ones, all sorts of things happened – while Germany was somehow not involved. No, I think significant processes had been underway in Germany…
underway = under way = in motion or operation; set in motion
Behind every successful politician is a frustrated actor.
frustrated = disappointingly unsuccessful
Gunman killed in bungled armed robbery
bungle = to act or work in a clumsy, awkward manner; spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishl as in: I bungled it!
Very likely Luther bungled in his arguments.
bungle (v) = blunder (v) = commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake
He made a bungle of it.
bungle (n) = fault, muddle = an embarrassing mistake
They have to go into billets.
billet (n) = lodging for military personnel (especially in a private home)
The soldiers were billeted in a village on the banks of Oder.
The villagers did not like having the soldiers billeted on them.
billet (v) = quarter
They shall beat out my brains with billets.
billet (n) = a small stick of wood, as for firewood.
Thank you for your efforts.