Monthly Archives: July 2013

Jul
31
2013

skinflint

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skinflint

skIn flInt

noun

a stingy person; miser.

Note: Robert Barnhart parses this eighteenth-century slang word as meaning “the kind of person who would skin a flint to save or gain something.” ( The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology: The Origins of American English Words, Robert K. Barnhart, 1995.)

 

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Jul
31
2013

encounter

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ihn kaUn t@r

transitive verb
definition 1:  to meet or come upon, esp. suddenly or by chance.
example:  We never expected to encounter other people up there in the wilderness.
example:  I got to the office late this morning, and of course I encountered my boss in the elevator!
example:  It’s always nice to encounter someone at a party with whom you can have a real conversation.

definition 2:  to meet with (something), or come up against, esp. unexpectedly.
example:  The builders encountered some unforeseen difficulties as they got started on the project.
example:  We encountered some pretty bad weather on our hiking trip.
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Jul
30
2013

gall

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gawl

transitive verb
1. to damage or make sore by rubbing or chafing.
quotation: We walked next day over a more level country but it was strewed with large stones. These galled our feet a good deal.

2. to irritate or make resentful.
example: Their air of superiority galls me.

intransitive verb
to become sore or chafed.

noun
1. a skin sore caused by rubbing, as on an improperly saddled horse.
example: The horse developed a gall behind its elbow because the new tack was stiff.

2. the cause or state of irritation.
quotation: Patrasche [a dog] came of a race which had toiled hard and cruelly from sire to son in Flanders many a century–slaves of slaves, dogs of the people, beasts of the shafts and the harness, creatures that lived straining their sinews in the gall of the cart, and died breaking their hearts on the flints of the streets.

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Jul
30
2013

compare

k@m per

transitive verb:
definition 1:  to note the likenesses and differences of.
example:  The professor compared the economic system in the U.S. with the economic system in China.
example:  She’s always comparing him with his brother and making him feel like he doesn’t measure up.

definition 2:  to liken (one thing) to another.
example:  He compared her eyes to two shimmering pools.
example:  She compared her daughter’s room to a pigsty.
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Jul
29
2013

achieve

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transitive verb
definition 1:  to reach or carry through successfully; accomplish.
example:  They worked hard to achieve their goals.

definition 2: to gain or bring about through effort.
example:  The fighter Muhammad Ali achieved greatness in his sport.
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