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amnesty

a general pardon

balk

to refuse to move

blunt

plain spoken

coup

revolution, overthrow

dismantle

take apart, disassemble

exonerate

to free from guilt

expatriate

an exile

fiat

an official order, a decree

legion

large number

mendacious

false, lying

megalomania

abnormal desire for power

nostalgia

yearning for the past

parsimonious

miserly

pecuniary

financial

profligate

wasteful

restrictive

harsh, confining

rife

widespread

strife

unrest, discord

sumptuous

lavish

underwrite

agree to finance

"to play possum"

to try to fool someone; to make believe one is asleep or dead

"it's an ill wind that blows nobody good"

someone usually benefits from another person's misfortune

"know the ropes"

to be fully acquainted with the procedures

"behind the eight ball"

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