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foment
v
to create trouble or violence or make it worse
(syn: incite)
They accused him of fomenting political unrest.
tiptoe
v
to walk using the front parts of your feet only, so that other people cannot hear you;
I tiptoed over to the window.

Idioms
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standing or walking on the front part of your foot, with your heels off the ground, in order to make yourself taller or to move very quitely;
She had to stand on tiptoe to reach the top shelf.
We crept around on tiptoes so as not to disturb them.
paradigm
n
a typical example or pattern of sth
a paradigm for students to copy
the war was a paradigm of the destructive side of human nature.

punter
n
1. a person who buys or uses a particular product or services
(syn: customers)
It's importantto keep the punters happy.
2. a person who gambles on the result of a horse race
mount
v
1. to organise and ben sth
(syn: arrange)
to mount a protest/ compaign/ an exhibition

2. to increase gradually
Pressure is mounting on the government to change the law.
The dealth toll continues to mount.

3. to go up sth, or up on to sth that is raised
(syn:ascend)
She slowly mounted the steps.
He mounted the platform and addressed the crowd.

4. to get on a bicycle, hourse etc in order to ride it
He mounted his horse and rode awat
inkling
n
 __ (of sth)/__ (that...)
a slight knowledge of sth that is happening or about to happen
(syn: suspicion)
He had no inkling of what was going on.
The first inkling I had that something was wrong was when I found the front door wide open.
the road to Damascus
Idioms
an experience that results in a great change in a person's attitudes or beliefs;
Spending a night in jail was his road to Damascus.
attrition
n
a process of making sb/sth, especially your enemy, weaker by repeatedly attacking them or creating problems for them.
It was a war of attrition.
flounder
v
1. to struggle to know what to say or do or how to continue with sth
His abrupt change of subject left her floundering helplessly.

2. to have a lot of problems and to be in danger or failing completely
At that time the industry was floundering.

3. to struggle to move or get somewhere in water, mud etc
She was floundering around in the deep end of the swimming pool.
acrimonious
Adj
angry and full of strong bitter feelings and words
(syn: bitter)
His parents went through an acrimonious divorce.
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