U.S. PROTESTS SPREAD OVER POLICE KILLING
pin down PHRASAL VERB
If you pin someone down, you force them to make a decision or to tell
you what their decision is, when they have been trying to avoid doing this.
loot verb [I or T]
UK /luːt/ US /luːt/
(usually of large numbers of people during a violent event)
to steal from shops and houses:
During the riot shops were looted and cars damaged or set on fire.
curfew noun [C]
a rule that some or all people must stay off the streets during
particular hours, used esp. to maintain peace during a period of violence:
to impose/lift a curfew impose verb
UK /ɪmˈpəʊz/ US /ɪmˈpoʊz/
impose verb (FORCE) [T]
to officially force a rule, tax, punishment, etc. to be obeyed or received:
Very high taxes have recently been imposed on cigarettes.
Judges are imposing increasingly heavy fines for minor driving offences.
The council has imposed a ban on alcohol in the city parks.
incite verb [T]
UK /ɪnˈsaɪt/ US /ɪnˈsaɪt/
to encourage someone to do or feel something unpleasant or violent:
She incited racial hatred by distributing anti-Semitic leaflets.
[ + to infinitive ]
She was expelled for inciting her classmates to rebel against their teachers.
They denied inciting the crowd to violence.
hatred noun [U]
UK /ˈheɪ.trɪd/ US /ˈheɪ.trɪd/
an extremely strong feeling of dislike:
What is very clear in these letters is Clark's passionate hatred of his father.
The motive for this shocking attack seems to be racial hatred.
accuse verb [T]
UK /əˈkjuːz/ US /əˈkjuːz/
to say that someone has done something morally wrong, illegal, or unkind:
"It wasn't my fault." "Don't worry, I'm not accusing you."
He's been accused of robbery/murder.
Are you accusing me of lying?
The surgeon was accused of negligence.
instigate verb [T] formal
UK /ˈɪn.stɪ.ɡeɪt/ US /ˈɪn.stə.ɡeɪt/
to cause an event or situation to happen by making a set of actions or
a formal process begin:
The government will instigate new measures to combat terrorism.
The revolt in the north is believed to have been instigated by a high-ranking general.
It seems to me a dull game.