You don't want to be accused of first-degree murder (the most severe), but if you get a sunburn, you don't want it to go above first degree (the least severe).
If you fight with someone, he or she could be your opponent (the person you're competing against) or your ally (someone you fight alongside). You could also be referring to your weapon of choice.
Garnish means to add enhancements (as in food), but it can also mean to take away (as in your wages).
If you help someone with something, you're providing assistance, but if you can't help doing something, you're incapable of preventing it.
Left can either mean remaining behind or going away. We've all left a restaurant and later realized we left our cell phone there.
For years, grammarians battled against saying "literally" when you mean "figuratively." In 2013, Merriam-Webster officially recognized the word's hyperbolic meaning as a way to emphasize that something has the effect of actually happening. (Her discovery literally turned the world upside down.)
Oversight can mean to supervise or manage, but it can also mean to fail to see or observe, which isn't conducive to good management.
If you sanction something, you are either imposing a penalty or giving formal approval.
If you screen a movie, you show it. If you screen something from view, you hide it.
To seed could mean to remove the seeds (as in a bell pepper) or to add seeds, as in to seed your lawn.
If you decide to toss out a potential solution, do you mean to submit or to discard it?
It may seem strange that a quantum particle is the smallest amount of certain forms of energy, such as light, while a quantum leap is a huge step forward (usually in a field of study), but there is a simple explanation. The quantum field theory may relate to tiny particles, but it was a huge advancement in physics.
Variety can refer to one type of something (golden delicious is a variety of apple), but it can also mean multiple types (a variety of apples means they aren't all golden delicious).
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