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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Saturday 18th September 2021
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cabal (noun) ke-BARL

Clique; group of plotters; a secret plot.

"A cabal is at work to defeat this Lincoln Memorial plan," he charged, in order to build a road as part of a scheme to boost property values in the area, according to newspaper accounts.

Senator Elihu Root, quoted in an article by Susan Mandel, The Washington Post, 3 February 2008. Washington Post

As usual, the filmmaker has big ideas about the forces that have shaped recent American history: this Nixon is the helpless, sporadically conscience-stricken pawn of a sinister right-wing cabal that was responsible for Vietnam and, of course, the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Terrence Rafferty, The New Yorker, 15 January 1996. The New Yorker

The publishing company HarperCollins fired Ms. Regan last week and has quoted her as having complained in an argument with a company lawyer that she was the victim of a ''Jewish cabal'' after her book deal with Mr. Simpson, and a related Fox network TV interview, were scrapped by the parent corporation, the News Corporation.

Unattributed, The New York Times, 23 December 2006. New York Times

Staging rugby's cash cow is still a right given only to those in the cosy cabal of blazered unions that have long run the sport, but the queue of outsiders hammering at the door is getting louder, and none are making more noise than Argentina.

Michael Aylwin, The Observer, 2 September 2007. The Observer

Mr Kleinfeld, 49, who had delivered a 49% jump in pre-tax profits in the second half to just shy of €2bn (£1.4bn) only the day before, fell victim to a cabal of "old boys' club" bankers and industrialists, allied with trade union chiefs, on the supervisory board.

David Gow, The Guardian, 26 April 2007. Guardian

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