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  • collect dustTo be in a state of disuse for a prolonged period of time. Watch the video
  • code of silenceThe practice of not disclosing important or vital information by members of a group, as due to the threat of violence, reprisal, being branded as a traitor, or an inherent sense of honor. Watch the video

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  • roomerDefinition: (noun) A tenant in someone’s house. Synonyms: boarder, lodger. Usage: My aunt took in roomers for years and is still in touch with many of her former tenants. Discuss
  • libelousDefinition: (adjective) Harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign. Synonyms: calumnious, defamatory, denigrating, libellous, slanderous. Usage: The article, being libelous, had to be returned as impossible; and I had to renounce my dream of dragging its author into the limelight.

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  • nakedgymnasium – A school where Greek youths were given athletic training while naked (gymnos). More…hare, rabbit, jackrabbit – Hares live in the open and bear young that have fur at birth, while rabbits live in burrows and bear young that are naked at birth; jackrabbits are hares, not rabbits. More…stark naked – A corruption of […]
  • sacksachet – Etymologically, a “little sack”—a small packet of perfumed matter. More…cul-de-sac – Literally French for “bottom of a sack,” it also means “situation from which there is no escape”; it can be pluralized as cul-de-sacs or culs-de-sac. More…gunny – From Sanskrit goni, “sack,” it is the material used for sacks, made from jute or […]
  • pleaseamuse-bouche, amuse-guele – Amuse-bouche and amuse-guele both mean literally “something to please the mouth,” and both refer to an appetizer or pre-meal tidbit. More…like – Comes from Germanic likam, “appearance, body, form”; the verb came from likojam, which, as like, originally meant “please.” More…love – From Old English lufu, connected with Sanskrit lubh, “to desire,” […]
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