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Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
Now it wants to protect people from another health scourge: salt.
War is the greatest scourge.
Flies and wasps are a regular scourge in summer.
scourge = something causing misery or death
He wasscourging by the memory of his misdeeds.
scourge = be in torments
The images emerging from Calabria over the weekend — of torched cars and angry African immigrants hurling rocks — were the most vivid example of the growing racial tensions in Italy, which have been exacerbated by an economic crisis whose depth has only recently been acknowledged in the national dialogue.
torch (v) = burn maliciously, as by arson, as in: "The madman torched the barns"
torched cars = burnings cars
exacerbated = make worse
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that the six powers would convene in New York, probably on Saturday, to debate "the kind and degree of sanctions we should be exploring."
Congress convenes at least once a year.
convene = meet formally
But, the “orange” leadership is undoubtedly on its way out and there is a chance for a Russo-Ukrainian rapprochement.
rapprochement = the reestablishing of cordial relations
It turned out that I have a mild form of pleurisy that had been aggravated by the cold weather that morning, and I'm glad to say that the symptoms are already abating quite a bit.
aggravate = make worse
abate = make less active or intense
For the pets left behind after Hurricane Katrina, relief is on the way, but it's a race against time.
tt’s a race against time = it’s pressed for time
Rescue workers are worried most about pets locked inside homes and whose food and water supply may have run out.
run out = become used up or exhausted
Even before Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake that current estimates say killed tens of thousands, the country was reeling from a set of afflictions - both natural and man-made - that have turned the lives of many of its citizens into fights for survival more serious than they already were.
The state was reeling to its foundation.
reel = to be thrown off balance or fall back
He was running low on food and used what was left over in the kitchen to put together a salad for his guests.
run low = run out of
Thank you for your efforts.