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firewall
a wall or partition designed to inhibit or prevent the spread of fire.// COMPUTING: protect (a network or system) from unauthorized access with a firewall; another term for Chinese wall
Chinese wall
an insurmountable barrier, especially to the passage of information
mealy-mouthed
unwilling to speak in a simple or open way because they want to avoid talking directly about something unpleasant.
winner take-all
(of a competition) resulting in the entire prize going to the one competitor who wins
stickler
a person who insists on a certain quality or type of behaviour. "he's a X for accuracy"
martinet (n)
a strict disciplinarian, a hard taskmaster, a stickler for rules, one who demands absolute adherence to rules
hand-waving
pejorative label for attempting to be seen as effective – in word, reasoning, or deed – while actually doing nothing effective or substantial. It is most often applied to debate techniques that involve fallacies, misdirection and the glossing over of details.
stultify (v.)
1. cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative, especially as a result of a tedious or restrictive routine. // 2.cause (someone) to appear foolish or absurd.
Zero-sum game (game theory and economic theory)
mathematical representation of a situation in which each participant's gain or loss of utility is exactly balanced by the losses or gains of the utility of the other participants
steel man
improvement of someone's position or argument that is harder to defeat than their originally stated position or argument
straw man
misrepresentation of someone's position or argument that is easy to defeat
prude
a person who is or claims to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity.
invidious
(of an action or situation) likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others. // (of a comparison or distinction) unfairly discriminating; unjust.
Heuristic
refers to experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery. Examples of this method include using a rule of thumb, an educated guess, an intuitive judgment, or common sense.
adduce
cite as evidence. "a number of factors are X to explain the situation"
ferret
(n.) a kind of weasel; (v.) to search or hunt out; to torment, badger
weasel
(v) achieve something by use of cunning or deceit. /// (n) deceitful or treacherous person
forlorn (adj)
1. pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely. // 2. (of an aim or endeavour) unlikely to succeed or be fulfilled.
rehash
reuse (old ideas or material) without significant change or improvement. // USA: consider or discuss (something) at length after it has happened. "is it really necessary to X that trauma all over again?"
obsequious
obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree.