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Glossary of Beyond the Hit Parade 1

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alloy
v: to commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior; unalloyed means pure
august
adj: majestic, venerable
bent
n: leaning, inclination, proclivity, tendency: he had a naturally artistic bent
broach
v: bring up, announce, begin to talk about
brook
v: to tolerate, endure, countenance
cardinal
adj: major, as in cardinal sin
chauvinist
n: a blindly devoted patriot
color
v: to change as if by dyeing, i.e., to distort, gloss or affect (usually the first): yellow journalism colored the truth
consequential
adj: pompous, self-important (primary definitions are: logically following; important)
damp
v: to diminish the intensity or check the vibration of a sound
die
n: a tool used for shaping, as in a tool and die shop
essay
v: to test or try: attempt, experiment: the newly born fawn essayed a few wobbly steps
exact
v: to demand, call for, require, take: even a victorious war exacts a heavy price
fell
v: to cause to fall by striking: the lumberjacks arrived and felled may tree
flag
v: to sag or droop, to become spiritless, to decline: think of a flag on a windless day, as in her flagging spirits
flip
adj: sarcastic, impertinent, as in flippant: a flip remark
ford
v: to wade across the shallow part of a river or stream
grouse
v: to complain or grumble
guy
n/v: a rope, cord, or cable attached to something as a brace or guide; to steady or reinforce using a guy: think guide
intimate
v: to imply, suggest, or insinuate: are you intimating that I cannot be trusted
lumber
v: to move heavily and clumsily: lumbering giants on land, walruses are actually graceful swimmers
meet
adj: fitting, proper: it is altogether meet that Jackie Robinson is in the baseball hall of fame
milk
v: to exploit, to squeeze every last ounce of : I milked the position for all it was worth
nice
adj: exacting, fastidious, extremely precise: he made a nice distinction between the two cases.
obtain
adj: to be established, accepted, or customary: those standards no longer obtain
occult
adj: hidden, concealed, beyond comprehension
pedestrian
adj: commonplace, trite, unremarkable, quotidian
pied
adj: multicolored, usually in blotches: the pied piper of hamlin was so called because of his multicolored coat
pine
v: to lose vigor (as through grief); to yearn
plastic
adj: moldable, pliable, not rigid
prise
v: to pry, to press or force with a lever; something taken by force, spoils: the information was prized from him
rail
v: to complain about bitterly: early american progressives railed against the railroad barons
rent
v/n: torn, past of rend: he rent his garments: an opening or tear caused by such: a large rent in the fabric
quail
v: to lose courage, turn frightened
qualify
v: to limit: let me qualify that statement
sap
v: to enervate or weaken the vitality of: that race sapped my strength
scurvy
adj: contemptible, despicable: he was a scurvy old reprobate
singular
adj: exceptional, unusual, odd: he was singularly well suited for the job
stand
n: a group of trees
steep
v: to saturate or completely soak, as in to let a tea bag steep: she was steeped in esoteric knowledge
strut
n: the supporting structural cross-part of a wing
table
v: to remove (as a parliamentary motion) from consideration: they tabled the motion and will consider it again later
tender
v: to proffer or offer: he tendered his resignation
wag
n: wit, joker: groucho marx was a well known wag

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