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ambush

an unexpected attack

cliché

an overused, unoriginal phrase or saying

machismo

exaggerated manliness

peon

unskilled laborer; someone from a lower financial class

trite

commonplace; overused, stale sayings or ideas

vent

activity that releases or expresses creative energy or emotion, usu. anger

wield

to handle a weapon or tool with great skill

reign

a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful

oppression

the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority: "after years of oppression they finally revolted"

bittersweet

an experience that is both happy and sad

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