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rabble
A large noisy uncontrolled group of people.
rake
to use a ___ to make an area of soil level or to remove leaves from the ground
rapacious
Having or showing a strong wish to take things for yourself, usually using unfair methods or force.
slake
To satisfy a feeling of being thirsty or of wanting something.
staunch
Always loyal in supporting a person, organization, or set of beliefs or opinions.
toady
someone who pretends to like a rich or important person in order to get some advantage from them
tug
To pull something quickly and usually with a lot of force.
wag
(especially of a tail or finger) to move from side to side or up and down, especially quickly and repeatedly, or to cause this to happen.
apparition
The spirit of a dead person appearing in a form that can be seen.
bastion
Something that keeps or defends a belief or a way of life that is disappearing or threatened.
elation
A state of extreme happiness or excitement.
ember
A piece of wood or coal, etc. which continues to burn after a fire has no more flames.
flax
A plant with blue flowers grown for its stems or seeds, or the thread made from this plant.
frivolity
Behaviour that is silly and not serious, or things that are silly and not important.
gloat
To feel or express great pleasure or satisfaction because of your own success or good luck, or someone else's failure or bad luck.
offhand
Not friendly, and showing little interest in other people in a way that seems slightly rude.
outcast
A person who has no place in their society or in a particular group, because the society or group refuses to accept them.
puck
A mischievous sprite in English folklore.
rook
a large black European bird that is a type of crow and lives in big noisy groups
tarnish
To make or (especially of metal) become less bright or a different colour.
voiced
(of a speech sound) produced by making the vocal cords move very quickly several times.
wraith
A spirit of a dead person, sometimes represented as a pale, transparent image of that person.
bedrock
the ideas and principles on which a belief or system is based
doff
To remove your hat, usually to show respect.
gravel
Small rounded stones, often mixed with sand.
headstone
A large stone that is put at one end of a grave with the name of the person who has died and other details such as the year they died.
keystone
something that is very important to a plan, arrangement, or set of beliefs
millstone around one's neck
a continual burden or handicap.
rubble
The piles of broken stone and bricks, etc. that are left when a building falls down or is destroyed.
wisp
A small, thin line of cloud/smoke/steam.
aground
If a boat or ship is ___, it is unable to move because it is touching ground or in a place where there is very little water.
batten down the hatches
Fig. to prepare for difficult times. (From a nautical expression meaning, literally, to seal the hatches against the arrival of a storm. The word order is fixed.)
bilge
the bottom part of a boat; Nonsense.
booty
Any valuable things or money stolen by an army at war or by thieves.
buoy
A floating object on the top of the sea, used for directing ships and warning them of possible danger.
carrion
Dead or decaying flesh.
cataract
A large or high waterfall.
chum
A friend.
clammy
Sticky and slightly wet in an unpleasant way.
cuttlefish
A sea creature with eight arms and two tentacles that has a wide, flat shell inside its body and lives in waters near the coast and near the bottom of the sea.
dash
to run or go somewhere very quickly because you are in a hurry
deluge
A very large amount of rain or water.
ghastly
shocking in a way that frightens or upsets you
helmsman
A person who directs a ship or boat, using a handle or wheel.
jib
A small sail in the shape of a triangle, positioned in front of the main sail on a boat.
keel over
[for a person] to fall over or fall down in a faint or in death.
mast
A tall pole on a boat or ship that supports its sails.
notch
A V-shaped cut in a hard surface.
top notch
the absolute best. (Hyphenated before a nominal.)
portly
(especially of middle-aged or old men) fat and round.
ram
To hit or push something with force.
scupper
To sink your own ship on purpose.; To ruin or destroy
scurvy
An illness of the body tissues that is caused by not having enough vitamin C.
splay
To spread wide apart.
stern
Severe, or showing disapproval.
tack
A small, sharp nail with a flat end.
trawl
To pull a large, cone-shaped net through the sea at a deep level behind a special boat in order to catch fish.
weasel
A small mammal with reddish-brown fur and a long body that can kill other small animals such as mice and birds for food.
wrack
Destruction or ruin.
shove off
To push (a boat) away from shore in leaving.
in the bag
(informal) if something is in ___ ___, you are certain to get it or to achieve it
worth one's salt
Fig. worth (in productivity) what it costs to keep or support one.
lower the boom on someone
Fig. to scold or punish someone severely; to crack down on someone; to throw the book at someone.
one of these days
someday; in some situation like this one.
artsy
arty; showing a great interest in art, but in a way that may not be sincere
barista
A person who serves customers in a coffee shop (= small restaurant that serves coffee.
binge
An occasion when an activity is done in an extreme way, especially eating, drinking, or spending money.
bland
Not having a strong taste or character or not showing any interest or energy.
booby
A stupid person.
boutique
A small shop that sells fashionable clothes, shoes, jewellery, etc.
chortle
To laugh, showing pleasure and satisfaction, often at someone else's bad luck.
clipped
speaking clearly and quickly, in a way that seems unfriendly
clipping
A piece that has been cut off something.
coroner
An official who examines the reasons for a person's death, especially if it was violent or unexpected.
dogged
Very determined to do something, even if it is very difficult.
edgy
in a bad mood because you are worried or nervous
frill
a decoration that consists of a long narrow piece of cloth with many small folds in it
full-bodied
Describes wine with a strong, satisfying quality and taste.
grungy
(of a person) feeling tired and dirty, or (of a thing) dirty.
handout
A document given to students or reporters which contains information about a particular subject.
homey
(mainly US)=Having a feeling of home; comfortable; cozy.
incision
An opening that is made in something with a sharp tool, especially in someone's body during an operation.
indexation
the practice of making the value of something such as pay or pensions change as general living costs rise or fall
knob
A round handle, or a small round device for controlling a machine or electrical equipment.
low-key
Describes an event that is quiet and without a great show of excitement.
mortuary
A building, or a room in a hospital, where dead bodies are kept so that they can be examined before the funeral.
overshoe
a shoe that fits over an ordinary shoe and keeps it dry in wet weather
quirky
Unusual in an attractive and interesting way.
spurious
False and not what it appears to be, or (of reasons and judgments) based on something that has not been correctly understood and therefore false.
squib
A small firework consisting of a tube filled with powder that makes a hissing noise when it is lit.
swab
a small piece of cotton or another soft substance used for cleaning injuries
transpire
If it ___ that something has happened, this previously secret or unknown fact becomes known.
unison
The playing or singing of notes at the same pitch by different instruments or voices.
ward
a large room in a hospital with beds for people to stay in
fuel
To support or stimulate the activity or existence of
home in
Fig. to aim directly at someone or something.
single out
to choose or pick someone or something for something; to select an eligible person or thing for something.
shoulder
To carry or place (a burden, for example) on the shoulders.
surplus
(an amount that is) more than is needed.
warehouse
A large building for storing things before they are sold, used, or sent out to shops, or a large shop selling a large number of a particular product at a cheap rate.