Meaning: having or showing a lack of excitement or interest in something especially because it
is very familiar
Synonyms: worldly-wise, sophisticated
Sentence: blasé travelers who claimed to have been everywhere.
Meaning: the practice of causing or allowing a situation to become extremely dangerous in order to get the results that you want
Sentence: two nations caught up in nuclear brinksmanship
Meaning: Act of inducing someone.
Synonyms: arm-twisting, constraint
Sentence: a promise obtained by coercion is never binding
Meaning: a hard strike with a part of the body or an instrument
Synonyms: bang, dab
Sentence: gave him a sharp fillip on the noggin with her teakettle
Meaning: to stagger under the weight of something
Sentence: Tony reeled under the weight of the books.
Meaning: the responsibility for something
Synonyms: blot, stain
Sentence: he perpetually tries to shift the onus for any mistakes onto other team members
Meaning: something that one uses to accomplish an end especially when the usual means is not
Synonyms: expedient, resource
Sentence: a toddler quickly learns that a tantrum is a surefire recourse when a polite request
for something is met with parental indifference
Meaning: extreme patriotism
Synonyms: chauvinism, xenophobia
Sentence: the popular jingoism that swept the lower–middle classes
Meaning: to wiggle and squeeze out of something or some place
Synonyms: Manage to avoid from doing it.
Sentence: Don't try to wriggle out of this. I won't let you wriggle out this time.
Meaning: adopt or support (a cause, belief, or way of life).
Synonyms: embrace, welcome
Sentence: Edward had espoused the lady Grey