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{adj: Praetorian, Pretorian} characteristic of or similar to the corruptible soldiers in the Praetorian Guard with respect to corruption or political venality
"a large Praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious...and often sycophantic people makes work and makes trouble"- Arthur M.Schlesinger Jr.



{adj: afraid} filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement
"I'm afraid I won't be able to come"
"he was afraid he would have to let her go"
"I'm afraid you're wrong"

{adj: all in, beat, bushed, dead} very tired
"was all in at the end of the day"
"so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere"
"bushed after all that exercise"
"I'm dead after that long trip"

{adj: ambidextrous, deceitful, double-dealing, duplicitous, Janus-faced, two-faced, double-faced, double-tongued} marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another
"she was a deceitful scheming little thing"- Israel Zangwill
"a double-dealing double agent"
"a double-faced infernal traitor and schemer"- W.M.Thackeray

{adj: ante meridiem, a.m.} before noon

{adj: belated, late, tardy} after the expected or usual time; delayed
"a belated birthday card"
"I'm late for the plane"
"the train is late"
"tardy children are sent to the principal"
"always tardy in making dental appointments"

{adj: black, bleak, dim} offering little or no hope
"the future looked black"
"prospects were bleak"
"Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge
"took a dim view of things"

{adj: chipper, debonair, debonaire, jaunty} having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air
"looking chipper, like a man...diverted by his own wit"- Frances G. Patton
"life that is gay, brisk, and debonair"- H.M.Reynolds
"walked with a jaunty step"
"a jaunty optimist"

{adj: chuffed} very pleased
"I'm chuffed to have won"

{adj: communicative, communicatory} able or tending to communicate
"was a communicative person and quickly told all she knew"- W.M.Thackeray
<-> uncommunicative

{adj: dour, forbidding, grim} harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
"a dour, self-sacrificing life"
"a forbidding scowl"
"a grim man loving duty more than humanity"
"undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw"- J.M.Barrie

{adj: empyreal, empyrean, sublime} inspiring awe
"well-meaning ineptitude that rises to empyreal absurdity"- M.S.Dworkin
"empyrean aplomb"- Hamilton Basso
"the sublime beauty of the night"

{adj: fallible, frail, imperfect, weak} having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings
"I'm only a fallible human"
"frail humanity"

{adj: fascinated} intensely interested in or attracted by
"I'm very interested in birds; in fact I'm fascinated by them"

{adj: hopeless} of a person unable to do something skillfully
"I'm hopeless at mathematics"

{adj: imprudent} not prudent or wise
"very imprudent of her mother to encourage her in such silly romantic ideas"
"would be imprudent for a noneconomist to talk about the details of economic policy"- A.M.Schlesinger
<-> prudent

{adj: in Dutch} in disfavor
"I'm in Dutch with the boss"

{adj: jiggered} (British informal expletive) surprised
"Well I'm jiggered!"

{adj: licked} having been got the better of
"I'm pretty beat up but I don't feel licked yet"

{adj: little} small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context)
"a nice little job"
"bless your little heart"
"my dear little mother"
"a sweet little deal"
"I'm tired of your petty little schemes"
"filthy little tricks"
"what a nasty little situation"

{adj: million} (in Roman numerals, M written with a macron over it) denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000,000 items or units

{adj: nightly} happening every night
"nightly television now goes on until 3:00 or 4:00 a.m."

{adj: post meridiem, p.m., pm} after noon

{adj: providential} relating to or characteristic of providence
"assumption that nature operates only according to a providential plan"- M.R.Cohen

{adj: rascally, roguish, scoundrelly, blackguardly} lacking principles or scruples
"the rascally rabble"
"the tyranny of a scoundrelly aristocracy" - W.M. Thackaray
"the captain was set adrift by his roguish crew"

{adj: revengeful, vindictive, vengeful} disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge
"more vindictive than jealous love"- Shakespeare
"punishments...essentially vindictive in their nature"- M.R.Cohen

{adj: self-conscious, self-aware} aware of yourself as an individual or of your own being and actions and thoughts
"self-conscious awareness"
"self-conscious about their roles as guardians of the social values"- D.M.Potter

{adj: set up} well established and ready to function
"things I can do now that I'm set up"

{adj: supposed} required or under orders
"I'm supposed to be there at ten"
"he was supposed to go to the store"

{adj: synchronous, synchronal, synchronic} occurring or existing at the same time or having the same period or phase
"recovery was synchronous with therapy"- Jour.A.M.A.
"a synchronous set of clocks"
"the synchronous action of a bird's wings in flight"
"synchronous oscillations"
<-> asynchronous

{adj: tenderhearted} easily moved by another's distress
"a noble tenderhearted creature who sympathizes with all the human race"- W.M.Thackeray

{adj: thousand, one thousand, 1000, m, k} denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000 items or units

{adj: totalitarian} characterized by a government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control
"a totalitarian regime crushes all autonomous institutions in its drive to seize the human soul"- Arthur M.Schlesinger, Jr.

{adj: unanalyzable, undecomposable} representing the furthest possible extent of analysis or division into parts
"a feeling is a simple and undecomposable mental state"- G.S.Brett
"this weight of evidence is something mystical and unanalyzable"-M.R.Cohen

{adj: unannounced, unheralded, unpredicted} without warning or announcement
"they arrived unannounced"
"a totally unheralded telegram that his daughter...died last night"- M.A.D.Howe

{adj: well} in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury
"appears to be entirely well"
"the wound is nearly well"
"a well man"
"I think I'm well; at least I feel well"
<-> ill

{adj: yellow} cowardly or treacherous
"the little yellow stain of treason"-M.W.Straight
"too yellow to stand and fight"

{adv: actually} as a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis
"actually, we all help clear up after a meal"
"actually, I haven't seen the film"
"I'm not all that surprised actually"
"she hasn't proved to be too satisfactory, actually"

{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: ante meridiem, A.M.} before noon
"let's meet at 11 A.M."

{adv: clean, plumb, plum} completely; used as intensifiers
"clean forgot the appointment"
"I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out"

{adv: good and} completely or thoroughly
"when I'm good and ready"

{adv: however, nevertheless, withal, still, yet, all the same, even so, nonetheless, notwithstanding} despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession)
"although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it"
"while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed"
"he was a stern yet fair master"
"granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go"

{adv: luxuriantly} in an elegantly luxuriant way
"this suave, culture-loving and luxuriantly good-looking M.P.represents the car-workers of Coventry"

{adv: post meridiem, P.M., PM} between noon and midnight
"let's meet at 8 P.M."

{adv: shakily} in a manner characterized by trembling or shaking
"`I--I'm going to make you a cup of tea', she explained shakily"

{adv: soonest, earliest} with the least delay
"the soonest I can arrive is 3 P.M."

{adv: terribly, awfully, awful, frightfully} used as intensifiers
"terribly interesting"
"I'm awful sorry"

{adv: through, through and through} throughout the entire extent
"got soaked through in the rain"
"I'm frozen through"
"a letter shot through with the writer's personality"
"knew him through and through"
"boards rotten through and through"

{adv: very, really, real, rattling} used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal
"she was very gifted"
"he played very well"
"a really enjoyable evening"
"I'm real sorry about it"
"a rattling good yarn"

{adv: virtually} in essence or effect but not in fact
"the strike virtually paralyzed the city"
"I'm virtually broke"

{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"

{n: Barrie, James Barrie, J. M. Barrie, James Matthew Barrie, Sir James Matthew Barrie} Scottish dramatist and novelist; created Peter Pan (1860-1937)

{n: Bligh, William Bligh, Captain Bligh} British admiral; was captain of the H.M.S. Bounty in 1789 when part of the crew mutinied and set him afloat in an open boat; a few weeks later he arrived safely in Timor 4,000 miles away (1754-1817)

{n: Bounty, H.M.S. Bounty} a ship of the British navy; in 1789 part of the crew mutinied against their commander William Bligh and set him afloat in an open boat

{n: Browning, John M. Browning, John Moses Browning} United States inventor of firearms (especially automatic pistols and repeating rifles and a machine gun called the Peacemaker) (1855-1926)

{n: Cohan, George M. Cohan, George Michael Cohan} United States songwriter and playwright famous for his patriotic songs (1878-1942)

{n: Dolby, Ray M. Dolby} United States electrical engineer who devised the Dolby system used to reduce background noise in tape recording

{n: Garand rifle, Garand, M-1, M-1 rifle} a semiautomatic rifle

{n: Howe, Elias Howe} United States inventor who built early sewing machines and won suits for patent infringement against other manufacturers (including Isaac M. Singer) (1819-1867)

{n: Jacquard, Joseph M. Jacquard, Joseph Marie Jacquard} French inventor of the Jacquard loom that could automatically weave complicated patterns (1752-1834)

{n: M, letter m} the 13th letter of the Roman alphabet

{n: M-theory} (cosmology) a theory that involves an eleven-dimensional universe in which the weak and strong forces and gravity are unified and to which all the string theories belong

{n: Mayday} an internationally recognized distress signal via radiotelephone (from the French m'aider)

{n: Montgomery, L. M. Montgomery, Lucy Maud Montgomery} Canadian novelist (1874-1942)

{n: Nixon, Richard Nixon, Richard M. Nixon, Richard Milhous Nixon, President Nixon} vice president under Eisenhower and 37th President of the United States; resigned after the Watergate scandal in 1974 (1913-1994)

{n: Pei, I. M. Pei, Ieoh Ming Pei} United States architect (born in China in 1917)

{n: Peter Pan} the main character in a play by J. M. Barrie; a boy who won't grow up

{n: Robert's Rules of Order} a book of rules for presiding over a meeting; written by Henry M. Martin in 1876 and subsequently updated through many editions

{n: Robert, Henry M. Robert, Henry Martyn Robert} United States parliamentary authority and author (in 1876) of Robert's Rules of Order (1837-1923)

{n: Roman numeral} a symbol in the old Roman notation; I,V,X,L,C,D,M represent 1,5,10,50,100,500,1000 respectively in Arabic notation
<-> Arabic numeral

{n: Schleiden, Matthias Schleiden, M. J. Schleiden} German physiologist and histologist who in 1838 formulated the cell theory (1804-1881)

{n: Schulz, Charles Schulz, Charles M. Schulz, Charles Munroe Schulz} United States cartoonist whose comic strip included the beagle Snoopy (1922-2000)

{n: Singer, Isaac M. Singer, Isaac Merrit Singer} United States inventor of an improved chain-stitch sewing machine (1811-1875)

{n: Stanley, Henry M. Stanley, Sir Henry Morton Stanley, John Rowlands} Welsh journalist and explorer who led an expedition to Africa in search of David Livingstone and found him in Tanzania in 1871; he and Livingstone together tried to find the source of the Nile River (1841-1904)

{n: Synge, J. M. Synge, John Millington Synge, Edmund John Millington Synge} Irish poet and playwright whose plays are based on rural Irish life (1871-1909)

{n: Tarbell, Ida Tarbell, Ida M. Tarbell, Ida Minerva Tarbell} United States writer remembered for her muckraking investigations into industries in the early 20th century (1857-1944)

{n: Yerkes, Robert M. Yerkes, Robert Mearns Yerkes} United States psychologist who studied the intelligence of primates (1876-1956)

{n: allograph} a variant form of a grapheme, as `m' or `M' or a handwritten version of that grapheme

{n: beats per minute, bpm, metronome marking, M.M.} the pace of music measured by the number of beats occurring in 60 seconds

{n: bell, ship's bell} (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.

{n: day shift, day watch} workers who work during the day (as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

{n: day shift} the work shift during the day (as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

{n: evening shift, swing shift} the work shift during the evening (as 4 p.m. to midnight)

{n: evening shift} workers who work during the evening (as 4 p.m. to midnight)

{n: goner, toast} a person in desperate straits; someone doomed
"I'm a goner if this plan doesn't work"
"one mistake and you're toast"

{n: graveyard watch, middle watch, midwatch, night watch} a watch during the night (as from midnight to 8 a.m.)

{n: high} a state of sustained elation
"I'm on a permanent high these days"
<-> low spirits

{n: immunoglobulin M, IgM} one of the five major classes of immunoglobulins; involved in fighting blood infections and in triggering production of immunoglobulin G

{n: meter, metre, m} the basic unit of length adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards)

{n: molarity, molar concentration, M} concentration measured by the number of moles of solute per liter of solution

{n: newton, N} a unit of force equal to the force that imparts an acceleration of 1 m/sec/sec to a mass of 1 kilogram; equal to 100,000 dynes

{n: night shift, graveyard shift} the work shift during the night (as midnight to 8 a.m.)

{n: night shift, graveyard shift} workers who work during the night (as midnight to 8 a.m.)

{n: nones} the fifth of the seven canonical hours; about 3 p.m.

{n: outage} a temporary suspension of operation (as of computers)
"there will be a network outage from 8 to 10 a.m."

{n: prime time} the hours between 7 and 11 p.m. when the largest tv audience is available

{n: prime} the second canonical hour; about 6 a.m.

{n: quartet, quartette, foursome} four people considered as a unit
"he joined a barbershop quartet"
"the foursome teed off before 9 a.m."

{n: radio wave, radio emission, radio radiation} an electromagnetic wave with a wavelength between 0.5 cm to 30,000 m

{n: terce, tierce} the third canonical hour; about 9 a.m.

{n: thousand, one thousand, 1000, M, K, chiliad, G, grand, thou, yard} the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100

{n: vitamin Bc, vitamin M, folate, folic acid, folacin, pteroylglutamic acid, pteroylmonoglutamic acid} a B vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction

{n: wake-up call} a telephone call that you request be made a specific time in order to wake you up at that time (especially in hotels)
"she left a wake-up call for 7 a.m."

{n: weapon of mass destruction, WMD, W.M.D.} a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)

{v: air} be broadcast
"This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M."

{v: allocate, apportion} distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
"I am allocating a loaf of bread to everyone on a daily basis"
"I'm allocating the rations for the camping trip"

{v: be full} be sated, have enough to eat
"I'm full--don't give me any more beans, please"
<-> starve

{v: bet on, back, gage, stake, game, punt} place a bet on
"Which horse are you backing?"
"I'm betting on the new horse"

{v: call} rouse somebody from sleep with a call
"I was called at 5 A.M. this morning"

{v: catch up} learn belatedly ; find out about something after it happened
"I'm trying to catch up with the latest developments in molecular biology"

{v: close, fold, shut down, close down} cease to operate or cause to cease operating
"The owners decided to move and to close the factory"
"My business closes every night at 8 P.M."
<-> open

{v: dine} give dinner to ; host for dinner
"I'm wining and dining my friends"

{v: drive home, ram home, press home} make clear by special emphasis and try to convince somebody of something
"drive home a point or an argument"
"I'm trying to drive home these basic ideas"

{v: eat} eat a meal ; take a meal
"We did not eat until 10 P.M. because there were so many phone calls"
"I didn't eat yet, so I gladly accept your invitation"

{v: engage} ask to represent ; of legal counsel
"I'm retaining a lawyer"

{v: evict} expel or eject without recourse to legal process
"The landlord wanted to evict the tenants so he banged on the pipes every morning at 3 a.m."

{v: exclaim, cry, cry out, outcry, call out, shout} utter aloud ; often with surprise, horror, or joy
"`I won!' he exclaimed"
"`Help!' she cried"
"`I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost"

{v: exhaust, wash up, beat, tucker, tucker out} wear out completely
"This kind of work exhausts me"
"I'm beat"
"He was all washed up after the exam"

{v: expect} consider reasonable or due
"I'm expecting a full explanation as to why these files were destroyed"

{v: forget, block, blank out, draw a blank} be unable to remember
"I'm drawing a blank"
"You are blocking the name of your first wife!"
<-> remember

{v: get up, turn out, arise, uprise, rise} get up and out of bed
"I get up at 7 A.M. every day"
"They rose early"
"He uprose at night"
<-> go to bed, turn in

{v: get up} cause to rise
"The sergeant got us up at 2 A.M."

{v: guard, ward} watch over or shield from danger or harm ; protect
"guard my possessions while I'm away"

{v: hack, hack on} fix a computer program piecemeal until it works
"I'm not very good at hacking but I'll give it my best"

{v: interrupt, disrupt} interfere in someone else's activity
"Please don't interrupt me while I'm on the phone"

{v: interrupt, disturb} destroy the peace or tranquility of
"Don't interrupt me when I'm reading"

{v: itch} have or perceive an itch
"I'm itching--the air is so dry!"

{v: move, displace} cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
"Move those boxes into the corner, please"
"I'm moving my money to another bank"
"The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

{v: output} to create or manufacture a specific amount
"the computer is outputting the data from the job I'm running"

{v: place, put, set} estimate
"We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M."

{v: regale, treat} provide with choice or abundant food or drink
"Don't worry about the expensive wine--I'm treating"
"She treated her houseguests with good food every night"

{v: rout out, drive out, force out, rouse} force or drive out
"The police routed them out of bed at 2 A.M."

{v: run on, keep going} continue uninterrupted
"The disease will run on unchecked"
"The party kept going until 4 A.M."

{v: serve, serve up, dish out, dish up, dish} provide (usually but not necessarily food)
"We serve meals for the homeless"
"She dished out the soup at 8 P.M."
"The entertainers served up a lively show"

{v: shop, browse} shop around ; not necessarily buying
"I don't need help, I'm just browsing"

{v: side, pull, root} take sides with ; align oneself with ; show strong sympathy for
"We all rooted for the home team"
"I'm pulling for the underdog"
"Are you siding with the defender of the title?"

{v: spell, import} indicate or signify
"I'm afraid this spells trouble!"

{v: starve, hunger, famish} be hungry ; go without food
"Let's eat--I'm starving!"
<-> be full

{v: stay at} reside temporarily
"I'm staying at the Hilton"

{v: think about} have on one's mind, think about actively
"I'm thinking about my friends abroad"
"She always thinks about her children first"

{v: think of, have in mind, mean} intend to refer to
"I'm thinking of good food when I talk about France"
"Yes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!"

{v: wait} serve as a waiter in a restaurant
"I'm waiting on tables at Maxim's"


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