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    lambent/party-line vote/hail/plummet/open spots/misstep

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    The lambent purity of the stars.

    lambent = twinkling or gleaming; flickering

    The Senate voted Thursday to reinvent the nation’s health care system, passing a bill to guarantee access to health insurance for tens of millions of Americans and to rein in health costs.

    reinvent = bring back into existence

    The 60-to-39 party-line vote, starting at 7:05 a.m. on the 25th straight day of debate on the legislation, brings Democrats closer to a goal they have pursued for decades and brings President Obama a step closer to success in his signature domestic initiative.

    party-line vote = a vote in which every member of a political party votes the same way

    Mr. Obama hailed the Senate action.

    hail = to pour (something) down or forth

    hail (n) = a concentrated outpouring, as of missiles, words

    It has been a difficult year for him. Car sales have plummeted.

    plummet = drop sharply

    There are more open spots in the labor market. = There are more openings in the labor market. = There are more vacancies in the labor market.

    open spots = openings = vacancies

    The misstep of the political strategists is clear.

    misstep = an unintentional but embarrassing blunder

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: lambent/party-line vote/hail/plummet/open spots/misstep

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    The lambent purity of the stars.

    lambent = twinkling or gleaming; flickering
    I have no idea. It is a word that is rarely used, at least in my experience. I'd consult a dictionary.

    The Senate voted Thursday to reinvent the nation’s health care system, passing a bill to guarantee access to health insurance for tens of millions of Americans and to rein in health costs.

    reinvent = bring back into existence
    reinvent here means to reshape, redesign what is already in existence

    The 60-to-39 party-line vote, starting at 7:05 a.m. on the 25th straight day of debate on the legislation, brings Democrats closer to a goal they have pursued for decades and brings President Obama a step closer to success in his signature domestic initiative.

    party-line vote = a vote in which every member of a political party votes the same way
    correct

    Mr. Obama hailed the Senate action.

    hail = to pour (something) down or forth
    hailed here means praised, as in "all hail to the king"

    hail (n) = a concentrated outpouring, as of missiles, words

    It has been a difficult year for him. Car sales have plummeted.

    plummet = drop sharply
    correct

    There are more open spots in the labor market. = There are more openings in the labor market. = There are more vacancies in the labor market.

    open spots = openings = vacancies
    correct

    The misstep of the political strategists is clear.

    misstep = an unintentional but embarrassing blunder
    correct, although it need not always be embarrassing.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    I hope that is useful.

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