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handler
A person who trains and is in charge of animals, especially dogs.
drive
To repulse or put to flight by force or influence
brill
a flat fish eaten as food
death knell
an event or situation that is a sign of the end of something
glade
A small area of grass without trees in a wood.
one's fair share
the amount of something that one is due relative to what other people are receiving.
more than your fair share of sth
to have had more of something unpleasant than other people when you do not deserve it
make one's way in the world
Fig. to succeed in the world independently.
gaping
Describes a hole or other opening that is very large.
cairn
A small pile of stones made, especially on mountains, to mark a place or as a memorial (= an object to make people remember someone or something.
sighting
An occasion when you see something or someone, especially that is rare or trying to hide.
farmstead
The house belonging to a farm and the buildings around it.
brook
A small stream.
stand for something
to permit something; to endure something.
pillage
to steal things from a place using force, especially during a war
elude
If something that you want __ you, you do not succeed in achieving it.
highwayman
a man who in the past stopped people who were travelling on public roads in order to steal things from them
knuckleduster
A weapon made of metal worn around the knuckles that strengthens the impact of a punch; brass knuckles.
hide out
To be in hiding, as from a pursuer:
thirsty work
hard physical work that makes you thirsty
jostle
To knock or push roughly against someone in order to move past them or get more space when you are in a crowd of people.; to compete for something
whip up something
to prepare, create, or put something together.
bandanna
a piece of coloured cloth worn around your head or neck
burlap
hessian; A type of thick, rough cloth used for things and coverings that must be strong.
renegade
A person who has changed their feelings of support and duty from one political, religious, national, etc. group to a new one.
marauding
going from place to place in order to find people to attack or things to steal or destroy
pen
To confine in or as if in a pen. See Synonyms at enclose.
foothold
A firm or secure position that provides a base for further advancement.
dill
A herb whose seeds and thin feathery leaves are used in cooking.
gravy
A sauce made with meat juices and flour, served with meat and vegetables.
mince
Meat, usually beef, that has been cut up into very small pieces.; to cut meat into very small pieces using a machine
simmer
to cook slowly at a temperature near boiling, or to cook something in this way
crescent
(something with) a curved shape that has two narrow pointed ends, like the moon when it is less than half of a circle.
there's no telling
it is impossible to guess
bluff
A steep headland, promontory, riverbank, or cliff.
hold up
continue to live through hardship or adversity
loafer
a person who avoids work; idler
have sth on one's hands
If you have a difficult situation __ __ __, you have to deal with it; in one's possession care, or management.
bode
to be a sign that something good/bad will happen
shape up
to develop;
valiant
very brave and determined, especially in a difficult situation
prowess
Great ability or skill.
bauble
A piece of bright but cheap jewellery.
dexterity
The ability to perform a difficult action quickly and skilfully with the hands, or the ability to think quickly and effectively.
post-haste
With great speed or immediacy
embody
To represent a quality or an idea exactly.
the populace
the people who live in a particular country or area
pendant
A piece of jewellery worn around the neck, consisting of a long chain with an object hanging from it, or the object itself.
to boot
In addition; besides
nothing short of something
more or less the same as something bad; as bad as something
daffodil
A yellow, bell-shaped flower with a long stem that is commonly seen in the spring.
once and for all
finally; permanently.
strew
To spread things untidily over a surface, or to be spread untidily over a surface.
okra
The small green pods from a tropical plant eaten as a vegetable or used to make foods such as soup thicker, or the plant itself.
snout
The nose and mouth that stick out from the face of some animals.
stringy
full of fibres and difficult to cut and eat
gore
Blood that has come from an injury and become thick.
broth
A thin soup, often with vegetables or rice in it.
batch
An amount produced at one baking; A quantity required for or produced as the result of one operation
contain
To hold or keep within limits; restrain
peril
Great danger, or something that is very dangerous.
sketchy
Slight; superficial.
at best
Interpreted most favorably; at the most
wallow
(especially of particular animals) to lie or roll about slowly in deep, wet earth, sand, or water.
feral
Existing in a wild state, especially describing an animal that was previously kept by people.
mash
To crush food, usually after cooking it, so that it forms a soft mass.
encore
Shouted at the end of a performance to get the performer to sing or play more.
charcoal
A hard, black substance similar to coal that can be used as fuel or, in the form of sticks, as something to draw with.
till
To prepare (land) for the raising of crops, as by plowing and harrowing; cultivate.
sycamore
A tree with leaves divided into five parts and seeds that turn around slowly to the ground when they fall.
distil
To make a liquid stronger or purer by heating it until it changes to a gas and then cooling it so that it changes back into a liquid.
log
A usually large section of a trunk or limb of a fallen or felled tree.
petrify
To frighten someone a lot, especially so that they are unable to move or speak.; To cause to become stiff or stonelike; deaden.
mellifluous
Having a pleasant and flowing sound.
precursor
something that exists before something else, and is related to it or influences its development
insidious
(of something unpleasant or dangerous) gradually and secretly causing harm.
at large
Not in confinement or captivity; at liberty; As a whole; in general
thwart
to prevent someone from doing something that they want to do
stitch
a short piece of thread that you can see on cloth when it has been sewn
pestle
A heavy stick made of clay, stone, or metal with a thick, rounded end, used for crushing substances in a mortar (= a small strong bowl) by hitting or rubbing them.
due
Straight; directly
brazier
A metal container for burning coal, wood, etc., used outside, to give warmth or to cook on.
brine
Water with salt in it, especially when used to preserve food.
sepulchre
a place made of stone in which dead people are buried
heirloom
A valuable object that has been given by older members of a family to younger members of the same family over many years.
ruckus
A noisy situation or argument.
head up
Fig. to be in charge of something; to be the head of some organization.
chap
a man, especially one that you like
of late
Recently; lately
take up residence
some place to make a residence of a place
subside
If a condition subsides, it becomes less strong or extreme.
ring a bell
Fig. [for something] to cause someone to remember something or for it to seem familiar.
downpour
A lot of rain in a short time.
help oneself to
To serve or provide oneself with
nerve
Brazen boldness; effrontery
caretaker
A person employed to take care of a large building, such as a school, and who deals with the cleaning, repairs, etc.
mop
A stick with soft material fixed at one end, especially used for washing floors or dishes.
dry up
to dry away to nothing.
lid
A cover on a container, that can be lifted up or removed.
eyesight
The ability to see.