unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
He had one of these very
raspy voices, and he never stopped talking, practically.
tending to entice into a desired action or state
At first she didn't want to, because she had her lipstick on and all, but I was being
seductive as hell and she didn't have any alternative.
He was with some gorgeous blonde, and the two of them were trying to be very
blasé and all, like as if he didn't even know people were looking at him.
cause aversion in
pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
hesitate to horn in on my date, the bastard.
point out real or perceived flaws
I could see them all sitting around in some bar, with their goddam checkered vests,
criticizing shows and books and women in those tired, snobby voices.
able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
"It's full of phonies, and all you do is study so that you can learn enough to be smart enough to be able to buy a goddam Cadillac some day, and you have to keep making believe you give a damn if the football team loses, and all you do is talk about girls and liquor and sex all day, and everybody sticks together in these dirty little goddam
a natural stream of water smaller than a river
Then, when the dough runs out, I could get a job somewhere and we could live somewhere with a
brook and all and, later on, we could get married or something.
the quality of being reproducible in amount or performance
grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
Sally said I was a
marked by strong resentment or cynicism
He's a very
bitter guy, the brother, because he was a doctor in the war and now he can't operate any more because his nerves are shot, so he boozes all the time, but he's pretty witty and all.
a woman who is engaged to be married
Marcia was Alec's
fiancée before he lost his memory, and she recognizes him when he's in this store autographing books.
having high or elevated character
noble and all.
a temporary leave of absence from military duty
I was practically a child at the time, but I remember when he used to come home on
furlough and all, all he did was lie on his bed, practically.
a commissioned military officer
It had this guy in it named
Lieutenant Henry that was supposed to be a nice guy and all.
a clear and telling mental image
She'd say, "And now we like to geeve you our
impression of Vooly Voo Fransay."
belonging to or characteristic of the nobility
He kept telling her she had
move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
The other end of the bar was full of
"Flit" is used as a noun in this case to describe girls who go around from place to place.
a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
He said you could turn into one practically overnight, if you had all the
traits and all.
exhibiting the qualities that identify a group or kind
"Is this going to be a
typical Caulfield conversation?
carry out or participate in an activity
If she was decent and nice enough to let you--" "Must we
pursue this horrible trend of thought?"
a general direction in which something tends to move
If she was decent and nice enough to let you--" "Must we pursue this horrible
trend of thought?"
devoid of intelligence
"Must we go on with this
techniques for exploring underlying motives and disorders
I'm not giving an elementary course in
noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
The one thing I did, though, I was careful as hell not to get
boisterous or anything.
likely but not certain to be or become true or real
probable," he said.
an instrumentality needed for an undertaking
I kept picturing her not knowing what to do with all my suits and athletic
equipment and all.
a large entrance or reception room or area
It was dark as hell in the
foyer, naturally, and naturally I couldn't turn on any lights.
tending to stick to firmly
I noticed she had this big hunk of
adhesive tape on her elbow.