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calamity
A serious accident or bad event causing damage or suffering.
clobber
To hit someone or something hard and repeatedly.
covet
To want to have something very much, especially something that belongs to someone else.
dabble
To take a slight and not very serious interest in a subject, or try a particular activity for a short period.
hands-on
Someone with a hands-on way of doing things becomes closely involved in managing and organizing things and in making decisions.
jut
To (cause to) stick out, especially above or past the edge or surface of something.
wreak
To cause something to happen in a violent and often uncontrolled way.
peninsula
A long piece of land that sticks out from a larger area of land into the sea or into a lake.
acquaintance
A person that you have met but do not know well.
axle
a metal bar that connects a pair of wheels on a car or other vehicle
connotation
an additional idea or emotion that a word suggests to you, that is not part of its usual meaning
detract
to make something seem less good, attractive, or important
face value
The value or price that is shown on, for example, stamps, coins, or paper money.
hesitant
doing something slowly or pausing before you do it, because you are nervous, embarrassed, or worried
offload
To get rid of something that you do not want by giving it to someone else.
prune
To cut off branches from a tree, bush, or plant, especially so that it will grow better in future.
stint
A fixed or limited period of time spent doing a particular job or activity.
vague
Not clearly expressed, known, described, or decided.
anaesthetic
A substance that makes you unable to feel pain.
bout
A short period of illness or involvement in an activity.
clog
To (cause something to) become blocked or filled so that movement or activity is difficult.
gulp
to swallow food or drink quickly in a way that shows you are very hungry
hiccup
a short repeated sound that you make in your throat without intending to, usually because you have been eating or drinking too quickly
hog
A pig, especially one that is allowed to grow large so that it can be eaten.
spasm
An occasion when a muscle suddenly becomes tighter in a way that cannot be controlled.
broach
To begin a discussion of something difficult.
extrovert
An energetic happy person who enjoys being with other people.
induce
To persuade someone to do something; to cause something, especially a mental or physical change
recline
To lean or lie back with the upper part of your body in a nearly horizontal position.
on the brink of something
The point where a new or different situation is about to begin.
infiltrate
To secretly become part of a group in order to get information or to influence the way that group thinks or behaves.
maxim
A short statement of a general truth, principle, or rule for behaviour.
wretched
Unhappy, unpleasant, or of low quality.
intractable
Very difficult or impossible to control, manage, or solve.
cope
To deal successfully with a difficult situation.
proverb
A short sentence, etc., usually known by many people, stating something commonly experienced or giving advice.
definitive
better than all others; Not able to be changed or improved.
backdrop
the background to any scene or situation
beck
a small stream
billboard
A panel for the display of advertisements in public places, such as alongside highways or on the sides of buildings.
breakaway
An act of separating from a group, especially because of disagreement.
burgeon
To develop or grow quickly.
clutter
(a lot of objects in) a state of being untidy.
commend
To formally praise someone or something.
depose
To remove someone important from a powerful position.
downsize
to make a company or organization smaller by reducing the number of workers
draught
A gulp, swallow, or inhalation.
entail
To make something necessary, or to involve something.
exert
To use something such as authority, power, influence, etc. in order to make something happen.
fathom
To penetrate to the meaning or nature of; comprehend.
fortitude
Courage over a long period.
fritter
To reduce or squander little by little
kindred
A group of related persons, as a clan or tribe.
knick-knack
A small, decorative object, especially in a house.
lavish
Large in quantity and expensive or impressive.
lure
The quality or power that something or someone has that makes them attractive.
mindful
Careful not to forget about something; careful about or conscious of something
mindset
A person's way of thinking and their opinions.
nominee
someone who has been officially suggested for a job or a prize
oust
To force someone to leave a position of power, job, place, or competition.
palate
The sense of taste
palpable
So obvious that it can easily be seen or known, or (of a feeling) so strong that it seems as if it can be touched or physically felt.
pare
to reduce the total number or amount of something
pinpoint
To find out or say the exact position in space or time of something.
porter
A person whose job is to carry things, especially travellers' bags at railway stations, airports, etc..
proximity
The state of being near in space or time.
restraint
the limit or control of the expression of strong emotion or opinion
revolt
If a large number of people revolt, they refuse to be controlled or ruled, and take action against authority, often violent action.
standout
An excellent or the best example of something.
stark
Empty, simple, or obvious, especially without decoration or anything that is not necessary.
stranglehold
A position of complete control that prevents something from developing.
trailblazer
The first person to do something or go somewhere, who shows that it is also possible for other people.
trajectory
The curved path that an object follows after it has been thrown or shot into the air.
wrinkle
A small line in the skin caused by old age.
interim
Temporary and intended to be used or accepted until something permanent exists.
condemn
To criticize something or someone strongly, usually for moral reasons.
annex
To take possession of an area of land or a country, usually by force or without permission.
extradite
To make someone return for trial to another country where they have been accused of doing something illegal.
aspiration
Something that you hope to achieve.
avert
To prevent something bad from happening.
bolster
To support or improve something or make it stronger.
catchphrase
a short phrase that many people know because a famous person often says it
chipped
With a small piece or pieces broken off.
cramped
Not having enough space or time.
cranky
strange or unusual; Easily annoyed or upset.
dim
Not giving or having much light.
dissect
To cut open something, especially a dead body or a plant, and study its structure.
downer
An event or experience that makes you unhappy.
erupt
When a volcano erupts, it explodes and flames and rocks come out of it.
forefinger
The finger next to the thumb.
glum
Disappointed or unhappy, and quiet.
gruesome
Extremely unpleasant and shocking, and usually dealing with death or injury.
hearten
To make someone feel happier and more positive about a situation.
hiatus
A short pause in which nothing happens or is said, or a space where something is missing.
induct
To introduce someone formally or with a special ceremony to an organization or group, or to beliefs or ideas.
lament
To express sadness and feeling sorry about something.
morsel
A very small piece of food.
nugget
A small roughly shaped piece, especially of gold.
offset
To balance one influence against an opposing influence, so that there is no great difference as a result.
paternal
Of or like a father.