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chicanery is a synonym of trickery

noun [ shi-key-nuh-ree, chi- ]

chicanery is another word for trickery

The nouns trickery and chicanery both denote deception, but chicanery is usually used of questionable legal, financial, or political maneuvering that involves deliberately misleading language or subterfuge. Trickery is not always attached to mal intent—sometimes this word is used of crafty moves that misdirect or mislead in some ingenious way. Chicanery, however, almost always implies taking advantage of a situation for petty purposes.

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chicanery + fraud
One might think that the state’s office of professional licensure was squeaky clean, but unfortunately it had a history of chicanery and fraud.
engage in chicanery
Employees at the firm were alarmed and disappointed to discover that their new boss was so willing to engage in financial chicanery.

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emulate is a synonym of imitate

verb [ em-yuh-leyt ]

emulate is another word for imitate

To imitate someone or something is to follow that person or thing as a model or example. In some cases, imitate means simply “to mimic,” as mischievous schoolchildren might a teacher behind their back. The verb emulate suggests more purposeful action and striving: this verb means “to try to equal or excel” or sometimes “to rival with some degree of success.” If a child emulates their father as a concert violinist, it means they are imitating him with effort to equal or surpass his accomplishments or skill. The competitive spirit of emulate gives this verb a clear edge over imitate when ambition is at play.

Commonly found as

try to emulate
Early in the author's career, he tried to emulate his favorite writers.
emulate + success
The small company hoped to emulate the success of the leading manufacturer by recruiting the best employees and working more efficiently.

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hiatus is a synonym of break

noun [ hahy-ey-tuhs ]

hiatus is another word for break

A hiatus is a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, or action. It’s not uncommon for a TV show to go on hiatus, as executives sort out programming priorities and tinker with casting; you might hear of a band taking a hiatus or pressing pause on their recording or touring in order to deal with other matters. This noun entered English referring to a material break or chasm in something (beware the gaping hiatus!). It is sometimes used to refer to a gap in written material or in a line of reasoning, like a missing link. Nowadays, though, you’re most likely to hear hiatus used to refer to a temporary cessation of activity for a specific purpose.

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long hiatus
She was pleased to return to business as usual after such a long hiatus.
take a hiatus
The band decided to take a hiatus from performing internationally until they had finished recording their new album. 

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