One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘platinum was originally exploited by the Indians of Colombia and Ecuador’
utilize, make use of, put to use, use, use to good advantage, put to good use, turn to good use, make the most of, capitalize on, benefit from, turn to account, draw on
profit by, profit from, make capital out of
informal cash in on, milk
2‘a ruling class which exploited workers’
take advantage of, make use of, abuse, impose on, prey on, play on, misuse, ill-treat, bleed, suck dry, squeeze, wring, enslave, treat unfairly, withhold rights from
manipulate, cheat, swindle, fleece, victimize, live off the backs of
informal walk over, walk all over, take for a ride, put one over on, cash in on, rip off
1‘his exploits brought him fame and notoriety’
feat, deed, act, adventure, stunt, escapade, manoeuvre, enterprise, undertaking, move
achievement, accomplishment, attainment, triumph
informal lark, caper
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