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Quizlet Manhattan Essential GRE Words

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"(n, adj) personnel; a group of people considered all together: in/within ... ranks: ""There were splits in the party ranks on this issue.""; ""The Democrats now face opposition from within their own ranks.""; the ranks of: ""Most are recruited from the ranks of people who studied Latin and Greek at university.""; ""That summer I left school and joined the ranks of (=became one of) the unemployed.""; ""He rose from the ranks to become a Field Marshal (=he became an officer after starting as an ordinary soldier)."" / break ranks: to behave in a way which is different from other members of a group, especially when they expect your support: ""He was the first to break ranks with Ceausescu and publicly criticise his policies."" / a rank of people or things is a line or row of them: ""Silently, ranks of police edged closer to the crowds.""; ""Everyone lines up in ranks, all facing the instructor.""; rank after rank/rank upon rank (=a lot of things or people in a row): ""On the shelves were rank after rank of liquor bottles."" / pull rank (on somebody) informal: to use your authority over someone to make them do what you want, especially unfairly: ""You may just have to pull rank and tell them."" (noun) //// if something is rank, it has a very strong unpleasant smell: rank smell/odour: ""the rank odour of sweat and urine"" / used to emphasize a bad or undesirable quality [= total]: ""They make us look like rank amateurs (=not at all good or professional).""; ""an example of this government's rank stupidity"" (adjective)"
"(adj, v, n) loose, negligent, lazy, weak / hanging loosely, or not pulled tight [? taut]: ""Keep the rope slack until I tell you to pull it.""; ""I let the rope go slack as the boat came closer."" / with less business activity than usual: ""Business remained slack throughout the day.""; ""Corporate profits have been hurt by slack demand."" / not taking enough care or making enough effort to do things correctly - used to show disapproval: ""Slack defending by Real Madrid allowed Manchester United to score.""; ""The report criticized airport security as ""disgracefully slack."" "" (adj) /// neglect to so one's duties; loosen up, relax / to make less effort than usual, or to be lazy in your work: ""He was accused of slacking and taking too many holidays.""; ""This is no time to be slacking off!""; "" ""You start tomorrow at nine,"" he told them, ""and no slacking, or there'll be trouble."" "" (also slack off) (verb) /// period of little work / part of a rope that is not stretched tight / money, space, people, or time that an organization or person has available, but is not using fully: ""There is still some slack in the budget."" / take up/pick up the slack: to make a system or organization as efficient as possible by making sure that money, space, or people are fully used: ""Without another contract to help pick up the slack, employees may face job losses."" / cut/give somebody some slack: (spoken) to allow someone to do something without criticizing them or making it more difficult: ""Hey, cut me some slack, man, I'm only a few bucks short."" / trousers: ""a pair of slacks"" (noun)"