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weird
strange and different from anything natural or ordinary
supper
a main meal eaten in the evening , or a small meal eaten in the late evening
upstage
to take people's attention away from someone and make them listen to or look at you instead
surf
to use a surfboard (= long , narrow board ) to ride waves toward a beach
catch on
to understand
canvas
a piece of this cloth used by artists for painting on, usually with oil paints , or the painting itself
stroke
a movement of a pen or pencil when writing, or by a brush when painting , or the line or mark made by such a movement
ignition
the electrical part of a car that starts the engine
spare
an extra piece that can be used to replace a piece that breaks , esp . in a machine
robbery
the crime of stealing from somewhere or someone
mayor
the person who is elected to be the leader of the group that governs a town or city
hotline
a special telephone number for emergencies or for a particular service
curator
a person in charge of a museum , library , Gallery , etc.
capture
the act of catching someone and making them a prisoner
thief
a person who steals
plow
to force your way, or to advance slowly although it is difficult
guard
to protect someone or something from being attacked or stolen
epidemic
a situation in which a large number of people get the same disease over the same period of time
famine
a long period when people living in a particular area do not have enough food , and many of them suffer and die
hijack
to force someone to give you control of a vehicle , aircraft , or ship that is in the middle of a trip
kidnap
to take someone away using force , usually to obtain money in exchange for releasing them
crisis
an extremely dangerous or difficult situation
rebellion
violent action organized by a group of people who refuse to accept their government’s power and are willing to use force to oppose it
recession
a time when the economy of a country is not successful
scandal
something that shocks people because they think it is morally wrong
bribe
the act of giving someone money or something else of value , often illegally , to persuade that person to do something you want
forgery
an illegal copy of a document , painting , etc., or the crime of making such copies
narrative
a story or a description of events
chronology
a list or explanation of events in the order in which they happened
Thanksgiving
a holiday in the autumn in the US and Canada, when families have a big meal together
grab
to take or take hold of something or someone suddenly
punch
to hit forcefully with your fist
loosen
to become loose or make something loose
grip
a tight hold on something or someone
stunned
very shocked or surprised
aid
help or support , or something that provides it
bleed
to lose blood
overnight
for or during the night
observation
the act of watching something or someone carefully
turkey
a large North American bird grown for food , or the flesh of this bird
storytelling
the art of telling stories
afterward
after the time mentioned ; later
jeweler
a person who sells and sometimes repairs jewelry and watches
relief
a feeling of happiness that something unpleasant has not happened or has ended
toddler
a young child , esp . one just learning to walk
punch line
the last part of a joke or a story that explains the meaning of what has happened previously or makes it amusing
driveway
a short private road that leads from a street to a person’s house or garage
anecdote
a short , often amusing story about an event , usually involving a particular person
blues
a type of slow , sad music that was developed by African-Americans
slam
to close with great force , or to make something close with great force
hysterical
unable to control your feelings or behaviour because you are extremely frightened , angry , excited , etc.
detector
a piece of equipment used to discover something, especially something that is difficult to see , hear , smell , etc
buzz
to make a continuous , low sound such as the one a bee makes
crisp
a very thin , often round piece of fried potato
pretend
to behave as if something is true when you know that it is not, esp . in order to deceive people or as a game
defiant
refusing to obey someone or something