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scatter
To (cause to) move far apart in different directions.
shunt
to move someone or something to a different place or position, especially to avoid dealing with them
slender
Thin and delicate, often in a way that is attractive.
tenuous
A ____connection, idea, or situation is weak and possibly does not exist.
scramble
To move or climb quickly but with difficulty, often using your hands to help you.
draw a blank
to get no response; to find nothing; to fail to remember something
allegation
A statement saying that someone has done something wrong or illegal that has not been proved to be true.
customary
Usual.
divisive
Describes something that causes great and sometimes unfriendly disagreement within a group of people.
entrant
A person who becomes a member of a group or organization.
innocuous
Completely harmless (= causing no harm).
restive
Unwilling to be controlled or be patient.
resolution
An official decision that is made after a group or organization have voted.
forensic
Related to scientific methods of solving crimes, involving examining the objects or substances that are involved in the crime.
injunction
An official order given by a law court, usually to stop someone from doing something.
rebut
To argue that a statement or claim is not true.
allay
If you ____ a strong emotion felt by someone, such as fear or worry, you cause them to feel it less or to feel calm again.
dire
Very serious or extreme.
disgruntled
Unhappy, annoyed, and disappointed about something.
inept
Not skilled or effective.
afterglow
A pleasant feeling produced after an experience, event, feeling, etc..
mutinous
refusing to accept someone else's authority and obey them
accrue
To increase in number or amount over a period of time.
backer
Someone who gives financial support to something.
bric-a-brac
Small decorative objects of various types and of no great value.
buffet
A meal where people serve themselves different types of usually cold food.
bundle
A number of things that have been fastened or are held together.
caricature
a drawing of someone that strongly emphasizes their main features, especially in order to make them seem funny
certify
To say in a formal or official way, usually in writing, that something is true or correct.
confiscate
to officially remove someone's possessions for legal reasons or as a punishment
conscript
To force someone by law to serve in one of the armed forces.
convoluted
very complicated, or more complicated than necessary
cull
When people cull animals, they kill them, especially the weaker members of a particular group of them, in order to reduce or limit their number.
defy
To refuse to obey a person, decision, law, situation, etc..
dismay
A feeling of unhappiness and disappointment.
evict
To force someone to leave somewhere.
extramarital
Describes a married person's sexual relationship with someone who is not their husband or wife.
flog
to hit someone very hard with a stick or whip as a punishment
grime
A layer of dirt on skin or on a building.
hamper
To prevent someone doing something easily.
hoard
To collect large amounts of something and keep it in a safe, often secret, place.
inanimate
Having none of the characteristics of life that an animal or plant has.
outright
Completely or immediately.
podium
a small raised area where someone stands to give a speech or conduct an orchestra
recluse
A person who lives alone and avoids going outside or talking to other people.
ridicule
Unkind words or actions that make someone or something look stupid.
rift
a disagreement between two people or groups
ruffle
to move something so that it is no longer smooth or even
saliva
the liquid produced by glands in your mouth
sheen
A bright, smooth surface.
shutter
a cover that can be closed over the outside of a window
sideline
An activity that you do as well as your main job.
sortie
A short, quick attack by a military force, such as a small group of soldiers or an aircraft, made against an enemy position.
turmoil
A state of confusion, uncertainty, or disorder.
unravel
to understand something complicated by thinking about it for a long time
wad
A number of especially flat and/or small objects pressed tightly together.
condolence
the things that you say to show sympathy when someone has just died
pejorative
Disapproving or suggesting that something is not good or is of no importance.
on short notice
quickly and without a timely notification of other people; with very little lead time
archipelago
a large group of small islands
build-up
An increase, especially one that is gradual.
impunity
Freedom from punishment or from the unpleasant results of something that has been done.
rampant
(of something bad) getting worse quickly and in an uncontrolled way.
tentative
not definite, or not certain
woe
a strong feeling of sadness; Great problems or troubles.
avid
Extremely eager or interested.
carpenter
A person whose job is making and repairing wooden objects and structures.
clamber
To climb up, across, or into somewhere with difficulty, using the hands and the feet.
compulsion
A very strong feeling of wanting to do something repeatedly that is difficult to control.
escapism
A way of avoiding an unpleasant or boring life, especially by thinking, reading, etc. about more exciting but impossible activities.
fuss
a lot of unnecessary worry or excitement about something
inhospitable
Not welcoming or generous to people who visit you.
inquisitive
Wanting to discover as much as you can about things, sometimes in a way that annoys people.
notorious
Famous for something bad.
southerly
Towards or in the south.
tip-off
A secret warning or piece of secret information.
up-to-the-minute
containing all the most recent news and information
wick
A piece of string in the centre of a candle, or a similar part of a light, that supplies fuel to a flame.
gobbledegook
language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of technical terms.
junket
a journey or meeting that people say is for business but is really for pleasure
lunge
To move forward suddenly and with force, especially in order to attack someone.
outpatient
A person who goes to a hospital for treatment, but who does not stay any nights there.
predicament
An unpleasant situation that is difficult to get out of.
tow
to pull a vehicle or boat by fixing it to the back of another vehicle or boat
upbeat
Full of hope, happiness, and good feelings.
apathy
Behaviour that shows no interest or energy and shows that someone is unwilling to take action, especially over something important.
ascent
The act of climbing or moving upwards.
booth
A small space like a box that a person can go into.
lodge
To make an official complaint about something.
rattle
A sound similar to a series of quickly repeated knocks.
tight-lipped
refusing to comment on something, especially to journalists
softwood
Wood from fast-growing evergreen trees (= ones that never lose their leaves) like pine, or a tree of this type.
backbone
The line of bones down the centre of the back that provides support for the body.
caustic
Describes a chemical that burns or destroys things, especially anything made of living cells.
cleave
To separate or divide, or cause something to separate or divide, often violently.
in-vitro
Happening outside the body in artificial conditions, often in a test tube.
poplar
A tall tree with branches that form a thin pointed shape.
pulp
A soft, wet mass.
soda
Any type of sweet fizzy drink (= with bubbles) that is not alcoholic.
ballot
A system or occasion of secret voting.