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an agreement made between two people or groups in which each side gives up some of the things they want so that both sides are happy at the end | a solution to a problem in which two or more things cannot exist together as they are, in which each thing is reduced or changed slightly so that they can exist together
a situation that makes problems, often one in which you have to make a very difficult choice between things of equal importance
on the horns of a dilemma
in a situation in which you have to make a choice between things that are equally unpleasant
the basic systems and services that are necessary for a country or an organization to run smoothly, for example buildings, transportation, and water and power supplies
(BrE) a very large city, usually one with a population of over 10 million people
a person who moves from one place to another, especially in order to find work
a difficulty or problem that delays or prevents something, or makes a situation worse
an area of a city that is very poor and where the houses are dirty and in bad condition
enough in quantity, or good enough in quality, for a particular purpose or need
of a good enough standard or quality | honest and fair; treating people with respect | acceptable to people in a particular situation
(of a knife, etc.) having two cutting edges | (of a remark, comment, etc.) having two possible meanings | having two different parts or uses, often parts that contrast with each other
(of an argument, opinion, etc.) showing only one side of the situation; not balanced | (of a competition or a relationship) involving people who have different abilities; involving one person more than another
too expensive; costing more than it is worth
so great, shocking, or surprising that it is difficult to believe
~ something: to make an illness or a bad or unpleasant situation worse | ~ somebody (informal) to annoy someone, especially deliberately
to become worse
to increase or further improve the good quality, value, or status of someone or something
to make something worse, especially a disease or problem
to develop quickly and be successful or common | to grow well; to be healthy and happy | ~ something: to wave something around in a way that makes people look at it
to continue to exist for longer than expected | (+ adv./prep.) to stay somewhere for longer because you do not want to leave; to spend a long time doing something | (on somebody/something) to continue to look at someone or something or think about something for longer than usual | (+ on) to stay alive but become weaker
to control something by means of rules | to control the speed, pressure, temperature, etc. in a machine or system
a way of dealing with or improving an unpleasant or difficult situation | a treatment or medicine to cure a disease or reduce pain that is not very serious | (against something) (law) a way of dealing with a problem, using the processes of the law
(~ somebody) to deal with someone who is violent or threatening you by grabbing them and gaining control over them | (in football) to make an opponent fall to the ground in order to stop them from running
to become or make something worse than it was before | deteriorate
reach a compromise
to achieve a compromise; to negotiate an agreement.
remedy a situation
solve a bad situation