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{adj: absurd, cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous} incongruous;inviting ridicule
"the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"
"that's a cockeyed idea"
"ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer"
"a contribution so small as to be laughable"
"it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"
"a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history"
"her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous"

{adj: aggressive} having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends
"an aggressive businessman"
"an aggressive basketball player"
"he was aggressive and imperious; positive in his convictions"
"aggressive drivers"
<-> unaggressive

{adj: automatic} operating with minimal human intervention; independent of external control
"automatic transmission"
"a budget deficit that caused automatic spending cuts"
<-> manual

{adj: brisk, lively, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippy} quick and energetic
"a brisk walk in the park"
"a lively gait"
"a merry chase"
"traveling at a rattling rate"
"a snappy pace"
"a spanking breeze"

{adj: buckshee} free of charge
"if they deposit these shares in the scheme they will get further buckshee shares on a one-for-one basis"- Economist

{adj: can-do} marked by a willingness to tackle a job and get it done
"a can-do kind of person"
"the city's indomitable optimism and can-do spirit"

{adj: creaky, decrepit, derelict, flea-bitten, run-down, woebegone} worn and broken down by hard use
"a creaky shack"
"a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape"
"a flea-bitten sofa"
"a run-down neighborhood"
"a woebegone old shack"

{adj: effective, efficient} able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively
"people who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons..."-G.B.Shaw
"effective personnel"
"an efficient secretary"
"the efficient cause of the revolution"

{adj: energetic} possessing or exerting or displaying energy
"an energetic fund raiser for the college"
"an energetic group of hikers"
"it caused an energetic chemical reaction"
<-> lethargic

{adj: exact} marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact
"an exact mind"
"an exact copy"
"hit the exact center of the target"
<-> inexact

{adj: fitting} in harmony with the spirit of particular persons or occasion
"We have come to dedicate a portion of that field...It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this"

{adj: immaterial, indifferent} (often followed by `to') lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other
"whether you choose to do it or not is a matter that is quite immaterial (or indifferent)"
"what others think is altogether indifferent to him"

{adj: no} quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns for indicating a complete or almost complete lack or zero quantity of
"we have no bananas"
"no eggs left and no money to buy any"
"have you no decency?"
"did it with no help"
"I'll get you there in no time"
<-> all, some

{adj: opposite} altogether different in nature or quality or significance
"the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended"
"it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest"- Charles Reade

{adj: politic} marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness
"it is neither polite nor politic to get into other people's quarrels"
"a politic decision"
"a politic manager"
"a politic old scoundrel"
"a shrewd and politic reply"
<-> impolitic

{adj: supersonic} (of speed) greater than the speed of sound in a given medium (especially air)
"a supersonic bomber flies so fast that it must release its bombs while the target is still over the horizon"
<-> sonic, subsonic

{adj: unpunished} not punished
"would he forget the crime and let it go unpunished?"
<-> punished

{adj: used to, wont to} in the habit
"I am used to hitchhiking"
"you'll get used to the idea"
"...was wont to complain that this is a cold world"- Henry David Thoreau


{adv: all in all, on the whole, altogether, tout ensemble} with everything considered (and neglecting details)
"altogether, I'm sorry it happened"
"all in all, it's not so bad"


{adv: anyhow, anyway} in any way whatsoever
"they came anyhow they could"
"get it done anyway you can"


{adv: backward, backwards} in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal
"it's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'"
"the child put her jersey on backward"


{adv: curtly, short, shortly} in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner
"he told me curtly to get on with it"
"he talked short with everyone"
"he said shortly that he didn't like it"

{adv: defensively} in an apologetic and defensive manner
"`I felt it better you should know,' said Sir Cedric defensively"


{adv: honestly, aboveboard} in an honest manner
"in he can't get it honestly, he is willing to steal it"
"was known for dealing aboveboard in everything"
<-> dishonestly


{adv: sometime} at some indefinite or unstated time
"let's get together sometime"
"everything has to end sometime"
"It was to be printed sometime later"


{adv: therewithal} together with all that; besides
"thy slanders I forgive; and therewithal remit thy other forfeits"- Shakespeare


{adv: well, considerably, substantially} to a great extent or degree
"I'm afraid the film was well over budget"
"painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger"
"the house has fallen considerably in value"
"the price went up substantially"


{adv: wholly, entirely, completely, totally, all, altogether, whole} to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
"he was wholly convinced"
"entirely satisfied with the meal"
"it was completely different from what we expected"
"was completely at fault"
"a totally new situation"
"the directions were all wrong"
"it was not altogether her fault"
"an altogether new approach"
"a whole new idea"
<-> partly

{n: Abney level} a surveying instrument consisting of a spirit level and a sighting tube; used to measure the angle of inclination of a line from the observer to the target

{n: American football, American football game} a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays

{n: Aphis, genus Aphis} type genus of the Aphididae: injurious to fruit trees and vegetables

{n: Armillariella, genus Armillariella} a honey-colored diminutive form of genus Armillaria; grows in clusters; edible (when cooked) but most attention has been on how to get rid of it

{n: Lethe, River Lethe} (Greek mythology) a river in Hades; the souls of the dead had to drink from it, which made them forget all they had done and suffered when they were alive

{n: activeness, activity} the trait of being active; moving or acting rapidly and energetically
"the level of activity declines with age"
<-> inactiveness

{n: agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authority} an administrative unit of government
"the Central Intelligence Agency"
"the Census Bureau"
"Office of Management and Budget"
"Tennessee Valley Authority"

{n: alpha-linolenic acid} a polyunsaturated fatty acid with 18 carbon atoms; the only omega-3 fatty acid found in vegetable products; it is most abundant in canola oil; a fatty acid essential for nutrition

{n: back door, backdoor} an undocumented way to get access to a computer system or the data it contains

{n: ballistic missile} a missile that is guided in the first part of its flight but falls freely as it approaches target

{n: band} a restraint put around something to hold it together

{n: barrage, barrage fire, battery, bombardment, shelling} the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
"they laid down a barrage in front of the advancing troops"
"the shelling went on for hours without pausing"

{n: bat, at-bat} (baseball) a turn trying to get a hit
"he was at bat when it happened"
"he got four hits in four at-bats"

{n: bear hug} a takeover bid so attractive that the directors of the target company must approve it or risk shareholder protest

{n: bent, knack, hang} a special way of doing something
"he had a bent for it"
"he had a special knack for getting into trouble"
"he couldn't get the hang of it"

{n: billyo, billyoh, billy-ho, all get out} an unimaginably large amount
"British say `it rained like billyo' where Americans say `it rained like all get out'"

{n: bluff} pretense that your position is stronger than it really is
"his bluff succeeded in getting him accepted"

{n: bog, peat bog} wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel

{n: by-and-by} an indefinite time in the future
"he'll get around to it in the sweet by-and-by"

{n: call fire} fire delivered on a specific target in response to a request from the supported unit

{n: carambola, star fruit} deeply ridged yellow-brown tropical fruit; used raw as a vegetable or in salad or when fully ripe as a dessert

{n: center} the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play
"it is a center's responsibility to get the football to the quarterback"

{n: clack, clap} a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together; may be repeated

{n: cocozelle, Italian vegetable marrow} squash plant having dark green fruit with skin mottled with light green or yellow

{n: collision, hit} (physics) an brief event in which two or more bodies come together
"the collision of the particles resulted in an exchange of energy and a change of direction"

{n: concatenation} the linking together of a consecutive series of symbols or events or ideas etc
"it was caused by an improbable concatenation of circumstances"

{n: consistency, consistence, body} the property of holding together and retaining its shape
"when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake"

{n: cymbal} a percussion instrument consisting of a concave brass disk; makes a loud crashing sound when hit with a drumstick or when two are struck together

{n: dilatoriness, procrastination} slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it

{n: direct fire} fire delivered on a target that is visible to the person aiming it

{n: doodad, doohickey, doojigger, gimmick, gizmo, gismo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingumabob, thingmabob, thingamajig, thingumajig, thingmajig, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatchamacallum, whatsis, widget} something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known
"she eased the ball-shaped doodad back into its socket"
"there may be some great new gizmo around the corner that you will want to use"

{n: dumdum, dumdum bullet} a soft-nosed small-arms bullet that expands when it hits a target and causes a gaping wound

{n: eggplant, aubergine, brinjal, eggplant bush, garden egg, mad apple, Solanum melongena} hairy upright herb native to southeastern Asia but widely cultivated for its large glossy edible fruit commonly used as a vegetable

{n: family, household, house, home, menage} a social unit living together
"he moved his family to Virginia"
"It was a good Christian household"
"I waited until the whole house was asleep"
"the teacher asked how many people made up his home"

{n: feel} an intuitive awareness
"he has a feel for animals" or "it's easy when you get the feel of it";

{n: foreign country} any state of which you are not a citizen
"working in a foreign country takes a bit of getting used to"

{n: getaway, lam} a rapid escape (as by criminals)
"the thieves made a clean getaway"
"after the expose he had to take it on the lam"

{n: heat-seeking missile} a missile with a guidance system that directs it toward targets emitting infrared radiation (as the emissions of a jet engine)

{n: hit} a connection made via the internet to another website
"WordNet gets many hits from users worldwide"

{n: hooks, meat hooks, maulers} large strong hand (as of a fighter)
"wait till I get my hooks on him"

{n: horticulturist, plantsman} an expert in the science of cultivating plants (fruit or flowers or vegetables or ornamental plants)

{n: incaution, incautiousness} the trait of forgetting or ignoring possible danger
<-> caution

{n: juxtaposition, apposition, collocation} the act of positioning close together (or side by side)
"it is the result of the juxtaposition of contrasting colors"

{n: kernel, meat} the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone
"black walnut kernels are difficult to get out of the shell"

{n: laser-guided bomb, LGB} a smart bomb that seeks the laser light reflected off of the target and uses it to correct its descent
"laser-guided bombs cannot be used in cloudy weather"

{n: matchboard} a board that has a groove cut into one edge and a tongue cut into the other so they fit tightly together (as in a floor)

{n: maze, labyrinth} complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost

{n: open society} a society that allows its members considerable freedom (as in a democracy)
"America's open society has made it an easy target for terrorists"

{n: operating expense, operating cost, overhead, budget items} the expense of maintaining property (e.g., paying property taxes and utilities and insurance); it does not include depreciation or the cost of financing or income taxes

{n: over-the-shoulder bombing} a special case of loft bombing in which the bomb is released past the vertical so it is tossed back to the target

{n: pacer} a horse trained to a special gait in which both feet on one side leave the ground together

{n: paring} (usually plural) a part of a fruit or vegetable that is pared or cut off; especially the skin or peel
"she could peel an apple with a single long paring"

{n: pass, liberty chit} a permit to enter or leave a military installation
"he had to show his pass in order to get out"

{n: passing, overtaking} going by something that is moving in order to get in front of it
"she drove but well but her reckless passing of every car on the road frightened me"

{n: pectic acid} a complex acid that occurs in ripe fruit and some vegetables

{n: pectin} any of various water-soluble colloidal carbohydrates that occur in ripe fruit and vegetables; used in making fruit jellies and jams

{n: proximity, law of proximity} a Gestalt principle of organization holding that (other things being equal) objects or events that are near to one another (in space or time) are perceived as belonging together as a unit

{n: quantum chromodynamics, QCD} a theory of strong interactions between elementary particles (including the interaction that binds protons and neutrons in the nucleus); it assumes that strongly interacting particles (hadrons) are made of quarks and that gluons bind the quarks together

{n: raw, altogether, birthday suit} informal terms for nakedness
"in the raw"
"in the altogether"
"in his birthday suit"

{n: relief, ease} the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)
"he enjoyed his relief from responsibility"
"getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"

{n: reveille} a signal to get up in the morning; in the military it is a bugle call at sunrise

{n: safe harbor} the target company defends itself by acquiring a company so onerously regulated that it makes the target less attractive
"the acquisition gave the company a safe harbor"

{n: sanction, countenance, endorsement, indorsement, warrant, imprimatur} formal and explicit approval
"a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"

{n: sleeper} an unexpected achiever of success
"the winner was a true sleeper--no one expected him to get it"

{n: stroke, shot} (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand
"it took two strokes to get out of the bunker"
"a good shot require good balance and tempo"
"he left me an almost impossible shot"

{n: suicide pact} an agreement by two or more people to commit suicide together at a given place and time
"the two lovers killed themselves in a suicide pact"

{n: superbug, Bemisia tabaci, poinsettia strain} a strain accidentally imported into Florida from the Middle East then spread to California where it is a very serious pest feeding on almost all vegetable crops and poinsettias

{n: swing} a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity
"the party went with a swing"
"it took time to get into the swing of things"

{n: target acquisition system} a shipboard system for the detection and identification and location of a target with enough detail to permit effective weapon employment

{n: target, target area} the location of the target that is to be hit

{n: theme, motif} a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
"it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"

{n: ticktacktoe, ticktacktoo, tick-tack-toe, tic-tac-toe, tit-tat-toe, noughts and crosses} a game in which two players alternately put crosses and circles in one of the compartments of a square grid of nine spaces; the object is to get a row of three crosses or three circles before the opponent does

{n: triglyceride} glyceride occurring naturally in animal and vegetable tissues; it consists of three individual fatty acids bound together in a single large molecule; an important energy source forming much of the fat stored by the body

{n: unmindfulness, heedlessness, inadvertence, inadvertency} the trait of forgetting or ignoring your responsibilities
<-> heedfulness, mindfulness

{n: view, survey, sight} the act of looking or seeing or observing
"he tried to get a better view of it"
"his survey of the battlefield was limited"

{n: wound} a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)
"he feared that mentioning it might reopen the wound"
"deep in her breast lives the silent wound"
"The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound--that he will never get over it"--Robert Frost

{v: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil} cause annoyance in ; disturb, especially by minor irritations
"Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"
"It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

{v: arrive, make it, get in, go far} succeed in a big way ; get to the top
"After he published his book, he had arrived"
"I don't know whether I can make it in science!"
"You will go far, my boy!"

{v: become, go, get} enter or assume a certain state or condition
"He became annoyed when he heard the bad news"
"It must be getting more serious"
"her face went red with anger"
"She went into ecstasy"
"Get going!"

{v: burn off} clear land of its vegetation by burning it off

{v: catch on, get wise, get onto, tumble, latch on, cotton on, twig, get it} understand, usually after some initial difficulty
"She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"

{v: catch, get} apprehend and reproduce accurately
"She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"
"She got the mood just right in her photographs"

{v: catch, get} grasp with the mind or develop an undersatnding of
"did you catch that allusion?"
"We caught something of his theory in the lecture"
"don't catch your meaning"
"did you get it?"
"She didn't get the joke"
"I just don't get him"

{v: cheese} used in the imperative (get away, or stop it)
"Cheese it!"

{v: click, get through, dawn, come home, get across, sink in, penetrate, fall into place} become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions
"It dawned on him that she had betrayed him"
"she was penetrated with sorrow"

{v: close} unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of
"close the circuit"
"close a wound"

{v: dawn} become light
"It started to dawn, and we had to get up"

{v: deep-six, give it the deep six} toss out ; get rid of
"deep-six these old souvenirs!"

{v: demolish, pulverize, pulverise} destroy completely
"the wrecking ball demolished the building"
"demolish your enemies"
"pulverize the rebellion before it gets out of hand"

{v: dovetail} fit together tightly, as if by means of a dovetail

{v: enter, come in, get into, get in, go into, go in, move into} to come or go into
"the boat entered an area of shallow marshes"
<-> exit

{v: fail, flunk, bomb, flush it} fail to get a passing grade
"She studied hard but failed nevertheless"
"Did I fail the test?"
<-> pass

{v: flip one's lid, blow up, throw a fit, hit the roof, hit the ceiling, have kittens, have a fit, combust, blow one's stack, fly off the handle, flip one's wig, lose one's temper, blow a fuse, go ballistic} get very angry and fly into a rage
"The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question"
"Spam makes me go ballistic"

{v: gather, pucker, tuck} draw fabric together and sew it tightly

{v: get by} pass or move in front of
"Bride's Biscuit got by the other dogs to win the race"

{v: get it} receive punishment
"You are going to get it!"

{v: get on} grow late or (of time) elapse
"It is getting on midnight--let's all go to bed!"

{v: get over} to bring (a necessary but unpleasant task) to an end
"Let's get this job over with"
"It's a question of getting over an unpleasant task"

{v: get, catch} reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
"the rock caught her in the back of the head"
"The blow got him in the back"
"The punch caught him in the stomach"

{v: get} reach and board
"She got the bus just as it was leaving"

{v: go to bed, turn in, bed, crawl in, kip down, hit the hay, hit the sack, sack out, go to sleep, retire} go to bed in order to sleep
"I usually turn in at midnight"
"He turns out at the crack of dawn"
<-> get up, turn out

{v: harmonize, harmonise, consort, accord, concord, fit in, agree} go together
"The colors don't harmonize"
"Their ideas concorded"

{v: hit} hit the intended target or goal

{v: huddle, huddle together} crowd or draw together
"let's huddle together--it's cold!"

{v: miter} fit together in a miter joint

{v: nest} fit together or fit inside
"nested bowls"

{v: overbalance} out out of
"It is not desirable to overbalance the budget"

{v: pick up} get in addition, as an increase
"The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home"

{v: reach, make, get to, progress to} reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"
"We made it!"
"She may not make the grade"

{v: reissue} issue (a new version of)
"if you forget your password, it can be changed and reissued"

{v: roll in the hay, love, make out, make love, sleep with, get laid, have sex, know, do it, be intimate, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, screw, fuck, jazz, eff, hump, lie with, bed, have a go at it, bang, get it on, bonk} have sexual intercourse with
"This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"
"Adam knew Eve"
"Were you ever intimate with this man?"

{v: solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work} find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
"did you solve the problem?"
"Work out your problems with the boss"
"this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"
"did you get it?"
"Did you get my meaning?"
"He could not work the math problem"

{v: steam} cook something by letting steam pass over it
"just steam the vegetables"

{v: strike, hit} make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target
"The Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939"
"We must strike the enemy's oil fields"
"in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2"

{v: swallow, get down} pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking
"Swallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!"

{v: take, occupy, use up} as of time or space
"It took three hours to get to work this morning"
"This event occupied a very short time"

{v: tesselate} fit together exactly, of identical shapes
"triangles tesselate"

{v: wait} stay in one place and anticipate or expect something
"I had to wait on line for an hour to get the tickets"

{v: waste} get rid of
"We waste the dirty water by channeling it into the sewer"

{v: wear, put on, get into, don, assume} put clothing on one's body
"What should I wear today?"
"He put on his best suit for the wedding"
"The princess donned a long blue dress"
"The queen assumed the stately robes"
"He got into his jeans"

{v: wise up} get wise to
"They wised up to it"


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