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tang
A strong, sharp taste or smell.
tightrope
A tightly stretched wire or rope fixed high above the ground, which skilled people walk across, especially in order to entertain others.
well-off
rich, or having enough money to live well
prospect
The possibility that something good might happen in the future.
volley
A large number of bullets (seeming to be) fired at the same time.
remonstrate
to argue with, complain to, or criticize someone about something
strait
A narrow area of sea that connects two larger areas of sea.
make ends meet
to have enough money to pay for your basic expenses. To make ends meet, she runs a day-care center out of her home.
lion's share
the largest portion of something. I earn a lot, but the lion's share goes for taxes.
pretext
A pretended reason for doing something that is used to hide the real reason.
drily
Being funny in a way that is not obvious.
amphibious
Of or relating to a type of animal that lives both on land and in water.
clandestine
Planned or done in secret, especially describing something that is not officially allowed.
concession
something you give or allow to someone in order to reach an agreement
concoct
to invent a false explanation or false information, especially for a dishonest purpose
disburse
To pay out money, usually from an amount that has been collected for a particular purpose.
discredit
to harm someone's reputation
flashpoint
A place or stage at which violence might be expected to begin.
gunpoint
while threatening to shoot someone or while being threatened with a gun
intercept
To stop and catch something or someone before they are able to reach a particular place.
sander
a machine used for making the surface of wood or metal smooth
stand-off
a disagreement or fight in which neither opponent can do anything to win or achieve their aim
strenuous
Needing or using a lot of physical or mental effort or energy.
tantamount
Being almost the same or having the same effect as something, usually something bad.
lush
A lush area has a lot of green, healthy plants, grass, and trees.
beech
A tree with a smooth, grey trunk and small nuts, or the wood from this tree.
blockbuster
A book or film that is very successful.
bridle
leather bands that go over a horse's head and hold the bit in its mouth
bustle
To do things in a hurried and busy way.
canoe
A small light narrow boat, pointed at both ends and moved using a paddle (= a short pole with a flat blade.
canopy
A cover fixed over a seat or bed, etc. for shelter or decoration.
cascade
A small waterfall, often one of a group.
complicit
Involved in or knowing about a crime or some activity that is wrong.
corrugated
(especially of sheets of iron or cardboard) having parallel rows of folds that look like a series of waves when seen from the edge.
debauchery
Bad sexual behaviour, drinking too much alcohol, taking drugs, etc..
detain
To force someone officially to stay in a place.
duke
A man of very high rank in a country, or the ruler of a small independent country.
expansive
Very happy to talk to people in a friendly way.
flick
To move or hit something with a short sudden movement.
glisten
To shine by reflecting light from a wet or smooth surface.
haunt
To cause repeated suffering or anxiety.
heist
an organized attempt by thieves to steal something
huddle
To come close together in a group, or to hold your arms and legs close to your body, especially because of cold or fear.
illicit
Illegal or disapproved of by society.
illustrious
Famous, well respected, and admired.
lichen
A grey, green, or yellow plant-like organism that grows on rocks, walls, and trees.
loom
To appear as a large, often frightening or unclear shape or object.
marooned
Left in a place from which you cannot escape.
marquee
A large tent used for eating and drinking in at events held mainly outside that involve a lot of people.
picturesque
(especially of a place) attractive in appearance, especially in an old-fashioned way.
quintessential
Being the most typical example or most important part of something.
ripple
A small wave on the surface of water.
scrawl
To write something quickly, without trying to make your writing tidy or easy to read.
screech
To make an unpleasant, loud, high noise.
scuttle
To move quickly, with small, short steps, especially in order to escape.
slumber
sleep
spire
A tall, pointed structure on top of a building, especially on top of a church tower.
sprawl
To spread the arms and legs out carelessly and untidily while sitting or lying down.
storey
A level of a building.
swanky
fashionable and expensive
toil
Hard work, especially work that makes you feel physically tired.
trek
To walk a long distance, usually over land such as hills, mountains, or forests.
unfurl
If a flag, sail, or banner unfurls, it becomes open from a rolled position, and if you unfurl a flag, etc., you make it do this.
vibe
The mood or character of a place, situation, or piece of music.
vine
The climbing plant that produces grapes as its fruit.
woeful
Very bad or (of something very bad or unpleasant) very great or extreme.
bewitch
To attract or interest someone a lot so that you have the power to influence them.
cuisine
A style of cooking.
afoot
being planned, or starting to happen
serene
Peaceful and calm; worried by nothing.
cottage
A small house, usually in the countryside.
mansion
A very large, expensive house.
aloof
Not friendly or willing to take part in things.
eerie
Strange in a frightening and mysterious way.
deputy
someone whose job is the second most important in a department or organization, and who takes the responsibilities of the most important person in some situations
preoccupy
To be the main thought in someone's mind, causing other things to be forgotten.
nondescript
Very ordinary, or having no interesting or exciting features or qualities.
hotbed
A place or situation where a lot of a particular activity, especially an unwanted or unpleasant activity, is happening or might happen.
sojourn
A short period when a person stays in a particular place.
fit like a glove
to fit very well; to fit snugly. My new shoes fit like a glove.
aesthetic
Relating to the enjoyment or study of beauty.
chic
Stylish and fashionable.
abide
If you can't abide someone or something, you dislike them very much.
bail
Security, usually a sum of money, exchanged for the release of an arrested person as a guarantee of that person's appearance for trial.
clergy
Priests, especially in the Christian Church.
curb
To control or limit something that is not wanted.
disown
To make it known that you no longer have any connection with someone that you were closely connected with.
grumble
To complain about someone or something in an annoyed way.
laureate
A person who has been given a very high honour because of their ability in a subject of study.
melee
A large noisy uncontrolled crowd, in which people are moving in different directions and sometimes fighting with each other.
memorandum
A short written report prepared specially for a person or group of people that contains information about a particular matter.
moor
To make fast (a vessel, for example) by means of cables, anchors, or lines
overture
A piece of music that is an introduction to a longer piece, especially a work for the theatre.
patriot
A person who loves their country and, if necessary, will fight for it.
protracted
Lasting for a long time or made to last longer.
remorse
A feeling of sadness and being sorry for something you have done.
resent
To feel angry because you have been forced to accept someone or something that you do not like.
secede
to officially leave an organization. This word is used especially about a state or region that chooses to become independent and govern itself.
spearhead
To lead something such as an attack or a course of action.
spellbinding
Holding your attention completely.