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Verb: Jink  (JINK) Definition: To move quickly or unexpectedly with sudden turns and shifts. Sample sentence: The quarterback’s great success on the field was his ability to jink past the opposing team’s players on his way to the goal posts.

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Noun: Ragamuffin  (RAG-uh-muf-in) Definition: A ragged often disreputable person; especially, a poorly clothed, often dirty child. Sample sentence: Tourists to Mexico City should not be surprised to find a ragamuffin at every turn begging to be allowed to do small services for an equally small donation.

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Adjective: Flyblown   (FLY-blohn) Definition: 1. a: Not pure: tainted. 1. b: Not bright and new: seedy. 1. c: Trite: hackneyed. 2. Infested with eggs or young larvae of a blowfly. Sample sentence: Jane’s apartment is a bit flyblown, but it is all she can afford.

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Adjective: Backstairs  (BAK-stairz) Definition: Secret. furtive, sorid, scandalous. Sample sentence: The article accuses the influential Washington lobbyist of having been involved in a number of backstairs deals to limit regulation of financial institutions.

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Noun: Southpaw  (SOUTH-paw) Definition: Left-hander; especially a left-handed baseball pitcher. Sample sentence: The little league team’s  best pitcher was a southpaw.

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Noun: Gibbosity  (gi-BOS-i-tee) Definition: 1. A protuberance or swelling. 2. A state of being gibbous. Sample sentence: The big gibbosity on John’s face was caused by a raging staph infection and it caused him great pain.

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Noun: Gloaming  (GLOH-ming) Definition: Twilight, dusk. Sample sentence: As the last of the sunlight died out of the sky, we sat in the gloaming reflecting on the special moments of our day.

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Verb: Rimple  (RIM-puhl) Definition: To wrinkle, crumple or crease Noun: Rimple Definition: A wrinkle Sample sentence: Brenda sat very carefully in the car on the way to the dance so as not to cause nary a rimple in her pretty dress.

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Adjective: Lambent  (LAM-buhnt) Definition: 1. Dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject; brilliantly playful. 2. Running or moving lightly over a surface. 3. Softly bright or radiant. Sample sentence: The sea that night gleamed with the moon’s lambent silver and provided a perfect backdrop for young lovers strolling along the shore.  

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Verb: Balkanize  (BAWL-kuh-nyze) Definition: 1. To break up (as a region or a group) into smaller, often hostile units. 2. Divide, compartmentalize. Sample sentence: Richard would like to balkanize his life into personal and professional spheres, but being a public figure, his private life resounds with his public concerns.    

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