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1‘the wall is sloping at an angle of 33° to the vertical’
gradient, slant, inclination
2‘the right-hand angle of the goal’
corner, intersection, point, apex, cusp
nook, niche, recess, crook
3‘we need to consider the problem from a different angle’
perspective, way of looking at something, point of view, viewpoint, standpoint, position, side, aspect, slant, direction, approach, outlook, light
1‘Anna angled her camera towards the tree’
point, direct, aim, turn
2‘angle your answer so that it is relevant to the job for which you are applying’
present, slant, give a particular slant to, orient
skew, distort, twist, bias
1‘she smiled, realizing he was angling for an invitation’
try to get, seek to obtain, make a bid for, aim for, cast about for, cast around for, cast round for, solicit, hope for, look for
informal fish for, be after
‘he has inserted 6-foot-long, clear plastic tubes deep into the soil, at an angle’
at a slant, on the slant, not straight, sloping, slanting, slanted, slantwise, slant, oblique, leaning, inclining, inclined, angled, cambered, canted
askew, skew, lopsided, crooked, tilting, tilted, atilt, dipping, out of true, out of line
declivitous, declivous, acclivitous, acclivous
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