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musty
Smelling unpleasantly old and slightly wet.
rambunctious
Full of energy and difficult to control.
on the cusp of sth
Fig. at the point in time that marks the beginning of something.
digress
To move away from the main subject you are writing or talking about and to write or talk about something else.
make out
To discern or see, especially with difficulty
haggard
Looking ill or tired, often with dark skin under the eyes.
haze
Something such as heat or smoke in the air that makes it less clear, so that it is difficult to see well.
abrasive
Rude and unfriendly.
arduous
Difficult, needing a lot of effort and energy.
chicanery
Clever, dishonest talk or behaviour that is used to deceive people.
foresight
The ability to judge correctly what is going to happen in the future and plan your actions based on this knowledge.
ooze
To flow slowly out of something through a small opening, or to slowly produce a thick sticky liquid.
skulk
To hide or move around as if trying not to be seen, usually with bad intentions.
slime
a thick, wet, unpleasant substance that covers something
to wit
namely; that is; that is to say
rumor has it that
there is a rumor that...
integral
Essential or necessary for completeness; constituent
you bet
Used to emphasize a statement or to mean 'certainly'.
suitor
A man who wants to marry a particular woman.
uncouth
Behaving in a rude, unpleasant way.
fill somebody in
to give someone information that they want or need
pale by/in comparison
Fig. to appear to be deficient in comparison to something else
beyond/without a shadow of a doubt
if something is true ___ a __ of a doubt, there is no doubt that it is true
emporium
A large shop selling a large range of goods, or a shop selling a particular type of goods.
purloin
to steal something secretly, especially to use it yourself for a short time
noxious
Describes something, especially a gas or other substance, that is poisonous or very harmful.
on the double
very fast; twice as fast as normal. (Originally military. Alludes to "double time" in marching.)
sash
a long wide piece of cloth that you wrap around your waist like a belt
pocket
A small, isolated, or protected area or group
auntie
your aunt. A child often calls a woman 'auntie' when she is a close friend of the family.
tender
__ food is soft and easy to cut and eat
dab
To touch something with quick light touches, or to put a substance on something with quick light touches.
foreman
A skilled person with experience who is in charge of and watches over a group of workers.
rivet
A metal pin used to fasten flat pieces of metal or other thick materials such as leather.
smelt
to heat rock in order to remove the metal that it contains
run off
To run away; elope. to flee
shore up
To support by or as if by a prop
lean
Not fleshy or fat; thin.; Containing little or no fat.; lacking in richness, fullness, quantity, etc.
seasoning
salt, pepper, or other spices that you add to food to improve the taste
bailiff
(in the UK ) an official who takes away someone's possessions when they owe money.
bidding
an invitation; summons; an order; command
condor
A type of vulture (= a large bird that feeds on dead animals) from South America.
cupboard
A closet or cabinet, usually with shelves for storing food, crockery, and utensils.
helping
(Cookery) a single portion of food taken at a meal
gooey
Soft and sticky.
skitter
(especially of a small animal, bird, or insect) to move very quickly and lightly.
tangy
A tangy flavour is pleasantly strong and sharp.
skillet
US for frying pan.
disembodied
Seeming not to have a body or not to be connected to a body.
depression
An area that is sunk below its surroundings; a hollow.
linger
To take a long time to leave or disappear.
mound
A large pile of earth, stones, etc. like a small hill.
stump
The part of something such as a tree, tooth, arm, or leg that is left after most of it has been removed.
barn
A large building on a farm in which animals or hay (= dried grass) and grain are kept.
hard/hot on the heels of sth
if something comes __ _ the __ of something else, it happens very soon after it
forlorn
Alone and unhappy; left alone and not cared for.
premonition
A feeling that something, especially something unpleasant, is going to happen.
sordid
immoral, dishonest, or unpleasant; Dirty and unpleasant.
cinder
A small piece of partly burned coal or wood.; ember
reckless
not thinking about the possible bad effects of your actions
by day/night
during the day; during the night.
vial
a small bottle for storing medicine or perfume;a phial
for
Because; since.
rustle
to make a sound like the one that leaves or sheets of paper make when they move
murk
Darkness or thick cloud, preventing you from seeing clearly.
heathen
an insulting word for someone who is not a Christian or a follower of another major established religion
wee
Small; little.
lay waste to sth
to destroy something
bulwark
Something that protects you from dangerous or unpleasant situations.
feud
An argument that has existed for a long time between two people or groups, causing a lot of anger or violence.
malignant
Describes a disease or a growth that is likely to get worse and lead to death.
effects
Movable belongings; goods.
unsettle
to make someone feel nervous, confused, or upset
fissure
A deep, narrow crack in rock or the earth.
gape
To look in great surprise at someone or something, especially with an open mouth.
pound
v. to hit or beat repeatedly with a lot of force
prance
To walk in an energetic way and with more movement than necessary.
quiver
to shake with short quick movements
shakedown
a test of something new, for example a new system, vehicle, or machine; The activity of getting money from someone by threatening or tricking them.
underbrush
undergrowth
abhorrent
if something is ___ to you, you dislike it very much, usually because you think it is immoral
barrow
A wheelbarrow.
battered
old and slightly damaged
bawdy
referring to sex in a humorous way
begrudge
To feel unhappy because someone has something that you think they do not deserve.
brittle
a brittle substance or object is hard and can easily break into pieces
commotion
A sudden short period of noise, confusion, or excited movement.
dour
(usually of a person's appearance or manner) unfriendly, unhappy, and very serious.
embalm
To use chemicals to prevent a dead body from decaying.
errand
A short journey either to take a message or to take or collect something.
flagon
A large container for especially alcoholic drink, used in the past.
glossy
Smooth and shiny.
heredity
The process by which characteristics are given from a parent to their child through the genes.
lest
In order to prevent any possibility that something will happen.
miser
Someone who has a strong wish to have money and hates to spend it.
obliterate
To remove all signs of something, either by destroying it or by covering it so that it cannot be seen.
pathogen
Any small organism, such as a virus or a bacterium that can cause disease.
portent
a warning or warnings about the future
pugilist
a boxer
quell
To stop something, especially by using force.