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  1. disclose
    expose to view as by removing a cover
  2. get on
    get on board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.)
  3. build up
    enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages
  4. fall off
    come off
  5. reckon
    expect, believe, or suppose
  6. screen off
    partition by means of a divider, such as a screen
  7. mutter
    talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
  8. skid
    a plank used to make a track for rolling or sliding objects
  9. gloomy
    depressingly dark
  10. snap
    separate or cause to separate abruptly
  11. whimper
    cry weakly or softly
  12. take aback
    surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off
  13. writhe
    move in a twisting or contorted motion
  14. carry out
    put in effect
  15. bedspread
    decorative cover for a bed
  16. blare
    make a loud noise
  17. roar
    make a loud noise, as of an animal
  18. boom
    a deep prolonged loud noise
  19. thunder
    a booming or crashing noise along the path of lightning
  20. incensed
    angered at something unjust or wrong
  21. plough
    a farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing
  22. shunt
    a conductor diverting a fraction of current from a device
  23. grind
    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
  24. bow out
    remove oneself from an obligation
  25. midst
    the location of something surrounded by other things
  26. ruthless
    without mercy or pity
  27. utter
    without qualification
  28. comprise
    be made of
  29. probe
    an exploratory action or expedition
  30. glimmer
    a flash of light
  31. stalk
    a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant
  32. lurk
    lie in wait or behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
  33. prowl
    move about in or as if in a predatory manner
  34. wary
    marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
  35. maddening
    extremely annoying or displeasing
  36. wry
    humorously sarcastic or mocking
  37. uncanny
    surpassing the ordinary or normal
  38. wail
    a cry of sorrow and grief
  39. unkempt
    not properly maintained or cared for
  40. confidant
    someone to whom private matters are told
  41. likelihood
    the probability of a specified outcome
  42. wrench
    a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
  43. strain
    exert much effort or energy
  44. sprain
    twist suddenly so as to wrench
  45. rod
    a long thin implement made of metal or wood
  46. spire
    a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building
  47. rave
    talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
  48. extol
    praise, glorify, or honor
  49. hoist
    raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
  50. glare
    be sharply reflected
  51. deem
    judge or regard in a particular way
  52. grimace
    contort the face to indicate a certain mental state
  53. squat
    sit on one's heels
  54. hunch
    the act of bending yourself into a humped position
  55. sneer
    a facial expression of contempt or scorn
  56. scowl
    frown with displeasure
  57. heap
    a collection of objects laid on top of each other
  58. demeanor
    the way a person behaves toward other people
  59. nitty-gritty
    the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
  60. mould
    the distinctive form in which a thing is made
  61. lacquer
    a black resinous substance that is used as a natural varnish
  62. dash
    run or move very quickly or hastily
  63. render
    give or supply
  64. scrawl
    write carelessly
  65. impromptu
    with little or no preparation or forethought
  66. spate
    a sudden forceful flow
  67. extemporize
    perform or speak without preparation
  68. hitherto
    up to this point; until the present time
  69. depute
    transfer power to someone
  70. flesh out
    add details, as to an account or idea
  71. halt
    cause to stop
  72. grind to a halt
    be unable to move further
  73. peter out
    end weakly
  74. sizzle
    make a sound like frying fat
  75. foible
    a minor weakness or peculiarity in someone's character
  76. irascible
    quickly aroused to anger
  77. demur
    politely refuse or take exception to
  78. barrage
    the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area
  79. squirt
    cause to come out in a squirt
  80. pert
    characterized by a lightly saucy or impudent quality
  81. facetious
    cleverly amusing in tone
  82. knob
    a circular rounded projection or protuberance
  83. devoid
    completely wanting or lacking
  84. sop
    dip into liquid
  85. wield
    handle effectively
  86. avail
    be of use to, be useful to
  87. loath
    strongly opposed
  88. mores
    the conventions embodying the fundamental values of a group
  89. pigeonhole
    a small compartment
  90. nimble
    moving quickly and lightly
  91. spur
    incite or stimulate
  92. boon
    something that is desirable, favorable, or beneficial
  93. woe
    misery resulting from affliction
  94. brittle
    having little elasticity
  95. repartee
    adroitness and cleverness in reply
  96. snatch
    a small fragment
  97. ribald
    humorously vulgar
  98. punter
    (football) a person who kicks the football by dropping it from the hands and contacting it with the foot before it hits the ground
  99. deceit
    the quality of being fraudulent
  100. brackish
    distasteful and unpleasant
  101. surge
    rise and move, as in waves or billows
  102. clamber
    climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
  103. facade
    the front of a building
  104. supersede
    take the place or move into the position of
  105. stint
    an unbroken period of time during which you do something
  106. sanctum
    a sacred place of pilgrimage
  107. defiance
    a hostile challenge
  108. acrimonious
    marked by strong resentment or cynicism
  109. battered
    damaged by blows or hard usage
  110. rut
    a groove or furrow
  111. tether
    restraint consisting of a rope or chain
  112. nick
    a small cut
  113. spur
    a prod on a rider's heel used to urge a horse onward
  114. draw the line
    reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)
  115. have a go
    make an attempt at something
  116. reliant
    depending on another for support
  117. intent
    an anticipated outcome that guides your planned actions
  118. exempt
    freed from or not subject to an obligation or liability
  119. blotch
    an irregularly shaped spot
  120. grazed
    scraped or touched lightly in passing
  121. bulky
    of large size for its weight
  122. disheveled
    in disarray; extremely disorderly
  123. encircle
    surround or form a ring around
  124. infatuation
    a foolish and usually extravagant passion or love
  125. tug-of-war
    any hard struggle between equally matched groups
  126. posse
    a temporary police force
  127. prick
    make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
  128. flaunt
    display proudly
  129. faze
    disturb the composure of
  130. squelch
    suppress or crush completely
  131. hash
    chopped meat mixed with potatoes and browned
  132. guise
    an artful or simulated semblance
  133. brew
    sit or let sit in boiling water so as to extract the flavor
Created on October 13, 2011 (updated July 25, 2012)

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