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Today’s article title is: A pragmatic fiscal stimulus package that nudges households to spend

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POISED

Adjective

Pronunciation: poizd

Meaning: as in serene, cool

Synonyms: collected, composed, cool, coolheaded, recollected, self-possessed, serene, tranquil, unperturbed, unshaken

Antonyms: unpoised, diffident, insecure, jittery, jumpy

Usage: She was well-known for her poised demeanour 

Forms: Poise (noun), Poise (verb) 


FUMBLING

Adjective

Pronunciation: fuhm-buhl-ing

Meaning: as in awkward, clumsy

Synonyms: awkward, bungling, clumsy, gauche, gawky, graceless, klutzy, rough-hewn, stiff, stilted, uncomfortable, uneasy, ungainly, ungraceful

Antonyms: graceful, limber, coordinated

Usage: His fumbling ways were very apparent 

Forms: Fumble (noun), Fumble (verb)


SLEIGHT

Noun

Pronunciation: slahyt

Meaning: a clever often underhanded means to achieve an end/ mental skill or quickness

Synonyms: artifice, device, gambit, gimmick, ploy, ruse, scheme, shenanigan, stratagem, trick, wile/adroitness, cleverness, dexterity, finesse

Usage: She must have employed some sophisticated sleight to con that couple/ The speech pays tribute to his remarkable sleight of mind  


FLUSH

Verb

Pronunciation: fluhsh

Meaning: to develop a rosy facial color (as from excitement or embarrassment)

Synonyms: bloom, blush, color, crimson, glow, redden

Usage: He flushed at the sight of his diary  

Forms: Flush (noun), Flush (adjective) 


PRAGMATISM

Noun

Pronunciation: 

Meaning: as in realism

Synonyms: realism

Usage: You have to display a certain degree of pragmatism in this work 
Forms: Pragmatic (adjective)