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  • last burst of fire
    A final effort or attempt, especially as before failure or defeat. Watch the video
  • the kiss of life
    Artificial respiration, that is, the blowing into the mouth of a person who has stopped breathing so as to force air in and out of his or her lungs. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Watch the video

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  • careen
    Definition: (verb) Move sideways or in an unsteady way. Synonyms: wobble, tilt, shift. Usage: The ship careened out of control in the storm. Discuss
  • gustation
    Definition: (noun) The faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth. Synonyms: taste. Usage: Her cold had muted all sense of gustation, and she had no appetite for food.

RSS Word Origins

  • remain
    bide one's time - Based on abide, meaning "remain" or "to wait awhile." More...marcescent - Describes leaves that wither but remain attached to the stem. More...mansion, mansionary - Mansion first meant the action of living or remaining in a place, from French manere, "remain," from Latin mansio, "staying"; mansionary is an adjective meaning "resident." More...stick-in-the-mud […]
  • saddle
    apishamore - A blanket used under a saddle. More...col - A saddle between two mountain peaks, from Latin collum, "neck." More...caparison - A cloth or covering spread over the saddle or harness of a horse, often ornamented; this word can also mean "housings, trappings." More...larigos - The rings on a saddle through which the straps […]
  • reject
    discard - First meant "throw out or reject a card from a hand." More...eighty-six - "Reject, discard"—may be rhyming slang for "nix." More...quash - From Latin quatere, "shake," it generally means "reject as invalid, especially by legal procedure," or "put an end to; suppress." More...reprove - To reject or express disapproval of something. More...
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