NOUN (1)

1. the policy of pushing a dangerous situation to the brink of disaster (to the limits of safety); (

John Foster Dulles, 52nd Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles, 52nd Secretary of State

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
brinkmanship \brink”man*ship\, brinksmanship \brinks”man*ship\n. [brink + -manship. (1956).] the policy or practise of pushing a dangerous situation to the brink of disaster (to the limits of safety), in order to achieve the most advantageous outcome; used especially of diplomatic maneuvers in crisis situations, and originally applied to the policies of John Foster Dulles under President Eisenhower. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

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Did 47 Republican senators break the law in plain sight?

Senator Tom Cotton, Arizona (Rep)
Senator Tom Cotton, Arizona (Rep)

Washington (CNN)   “Forty-seven Senate Republicans may have broken the law this week. But no one’s losing any sleep over it. Pundits and legal scholars are raising questions over whether  Sen. Tom Cotton and the 46 Senate Republicans violated the Logan Act when they penned a letter to Iran’s leaders on Monday, undercutting President Barack Obama‘s efforts to negotiate a nuclear agreement with those same leaders. The law, passed in 1799, forbids any U.S. citizen — acting without official U.S. authority — from influencing “disputes or controversies” involving the U.S. and a foreign government.” …read more as CNN

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Defined:  Torpor is the state of being inactive or having apathy.  An example of torpor is a teenage couch potato.  NOUN


a : a state of mental and motor inactivity with partial or total insensibility  b : a state of lowered physiological activity typically characterized by reduced metabolism, heart rate, respiration, and body temperature that occurs in varying degrees especially in hibernating and estivating animals

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Definition of estivating:

1 : to spend the summer usually at one place
2 : to pass the summer in a state of torpor


Defined:  The definition of snarky is someone who is cranky, snide or sarcastic.  Saying “nice haircut” in a sarcastic and snide way is an example of a comment that would be described as snarky.  A person who hates traveling who is packing to go on a trip and who is complaining about it every step of the way is an example of someone who is snarky.  ADJECTIVE


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