Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 1st Ed. Part 4; Set 5; #7


The government’s implementation of a new code

The government’s implementation of a new code of ethics appeared intended to shore up the ruling party’s standing with an increasingly electorate at a time when the party is besieged by charges that it trades favors for campaign money. aloof, placid, restive, skittish, tranquil, vociferous

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Jorge Isaac Cordero Enriquez


What does "shore up" mean?

Aug 7, 2017 • Comment


Hi Jorge! To "shore up" means to support, or in this case, to "better"

Aug 21, 2017 • Reply


Gravatar Chris Lele, Magoosh Tutor

Oct 6, 2012 • Comment

Weiping Hsu

why restive works here? does it not mean balky? is it the same meaning as skittish?

Apr 25, 2017 • Reply


Hi Weiping,

For questions on the meanings of words, I'd check out for definitions :)

Restive means "unable to keep still... becoming increasingly difficult to control." It is a synonym for skittish.

Apr 25, 2017 • Reply

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