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    frugal/conciliate/alleviate/ferret out/smell out

    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?

    I oft admire how nature, wise and frugal, could commit such disproportions.

    frugal = economical

    After a frugal meal, which consisted of roots and tea, Mencius could not repress his curiosity to know why the hermit had retired from mankind, the actions of whom taught the truest lessons of wisdom.

    frugal = meagre

    We have to be frugal of one's time and money.

    frugal = thrifty
    According to the professor of modern history at Cambridge University, Christopher Andrew, the British secret service at Harwell had to come to terms with the fact that Fuchs, known to her as the notorious Soviet spy, has issued the most important scientific secrets of Great Britain and the United States, calmly walks freely.
    come to term with = reconcile oneself to

    His government tried at first to conciliate the opposition.

    conciliate = placate; pacify; propitiate; come to terms

    The explorer tried to conciliate the natives with bright cloth and beads.

    conciliate = predispose

    She conciliated her little sister with a candy bar.

    conciliate = comfort

    I advised him to alleviate the anguish to cleanse his conscience by telling me the truth.

    The calamity of the want of the sense of hearing is much alleviated by giving the use of letters.

    alleviate = to make less severe or more bearable; to lighten or lessen (physical or mental troubles); to mitigate, or make easier to be endured

    Should no others join capable to alleviate the expense.

    alleviate = to lighten or lessen the force or weight of

    He alleviates his fault by an excuse.

    alleviate = to extenuate; to palliate

    We have to alleviate their profound sorrows.

    Our sympathy alleviated their distress.

    alleviate = relieve

    You've been standing there for hours, Jake," John said. "Why don't you take a load off your feet?

    take a load of one’s feet = to alleviate one's fatigue by sitting down during some taxing work

    Skardu sought new meetings, hoping to ferret out all the contacts the agent, appearance, and so on.

    John ferreted out the answer to the question in the library.

    ferret out = uncover and bring to light by searching; to bring out into the open

    Jane smelled out the boys' secret hiding place in the woods.

    smell out = to find out by sagacity

    He smelled out enemy spies.

    smell out = denounce

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Exclamation Re: frugal/conciliate/alleviate/ferret out/smell out

    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?

    I oft admire how nature, wise and frugal, could commit such disproportions.

    frugal = economical Ok
    We must all learn to be frugal and to carefully manage our financial
    Affairs.
    After a frugal meal, which consisted of roots and tea, Mencius could not repress his curiosity to know why the hermit had retired from mankind, the actions of whom taught the truest lessons of wisdom.
    Frugal dinner/lunch recipes are a great tool for keeping your grocery budget under control.
    frugal = meager

    We have to be frugal of one's time and money.

    frugal = thrifty
    According to the professor of modern history at Cambridge University, Christopher Andrew, the British secret service at Harwell had to come to terms with the fact that Fuchs, known to her as the notorious Soviet spy, has issued the most important scientific secrets of Great Britain and the United States, calmly walks freely.
    come to term with = reconcile oneself to

    His government tried at first to conciliate the opposition. Ok

    conciliate = placate; pacify; propitiate; come to terms

    The explorer tried to conciliate the natives with bright cloth and beads.

    conciliate = predispose

    She conciliated her little sister with a candy bar.

    conciliate = comfort Ok

    I advised him to alleviate the anguish to cleanse his conscience by telling me the truth.

    The calamity of the want of the sense of hearing is much alleviated by giving the use of letters.
    Alcohol is often a cheap tool to alleviate the stress after a hard day’s work.
    alleviate = to make less severe or more bearable; to lighten or lessen (physical or mental troubles); to mitigate, or make easier to be endured

    Should no others join capable to alleviate the expense.

    alleviate = to lighten or lessen the force or weight of

    He alleviates his fault by an excuse.

    alleviate = to extenuate; to palliate

    We have to alleviate their profound sorrows.

    Our sympathy alleviated their distress.

    alleviate = relieve Ok

    You've been standing there for hours, Jake," John said. "Why don't you take a load off your feet?
    Take the load off her and put the load right on me.
    take a load of one’s feet = to alleviate one's fatigue by sitting down during some taxing work= Forget everything, sit down and relax.

    Skardu sought new meetings, hoping to ferret out all the contacts the agent, appearance, and so on.

    John ferreted out the answer to the question in the library.
    I tried very hard, but I couldn't ferret the information out of the clerk.
    ferret out = uncover and bring to light by searching; to bring out into the open

    Jane smelled out the boys' secret hiding place in the woods.
    I smell out corruption in this organization on a large scale.
    smell out = to find out by sagacity

    He smelled out enemy spies.

    smell out = denounce

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    All are fine with nice idioms and useful examples.

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