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vagaries

capricous happening, whim; something unaccountable; freak

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scourge

to whip

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sodden

thoroughly soaked; saturated

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preempt

1. take action in order to prevent (an anticipated event) from happening; forestall. 2. acquire or appropriate (something) in advance

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sully

make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically

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praxis

1 : action, practice: as. a : exercise or practice of an art, science, or skill. b : customary practice or conduct.

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transducer, transduction (n)

1 : the action or process of converting something and especially energy or a message into another form. 2 : the transfer of genetic material from one organism (as a bacterium) to another by a genetic vector and especially a bacteriophage

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trundle

to cause (a circular object) to roll along; roll. to convey or move in a wagon, cart, or other wheeled vehicle; wheel:

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obviate

prevent; make unnecessary; get rid of

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propitious, propitiate (v)

presenting favorable circumstances; likely to result in or show signs of success; [propitiation (n)]

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remit

1. to refrain from inflicting or enforcing, as a punishment, sentence, etc. 2. send (money) in payment or as a gift.

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whet

1. to sharpen by rubbing on or with something (as a stone) 2. : to make keen or more acute : excite, stimulate

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spritz

to spray (something) quickly with a small amount of liquid

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tenon

To join; to fasten securely.

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beard (v.)

boldly confront or challenge (someone formidable).

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bedraggled

to make limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt.

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careen

1. turn (a ship) on its side for cleaning, caulking, or repair 2. (No. American) move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way in a specified direction

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abet

to aid (noun=abettor)

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impute

To ascribe to; to reference or refer to a person.

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snuffling

to snuff or sniff usually audibly and repeatedly. 2 : to breathe through an obstructed nose with a sniffing sound. 3 : to speak through or as if through the nose : whine.

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subsume

include (as a member of a group); encompass

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investiture

a ceremony at which honors or rank are formally conferred on a particular person

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hew

1. chop or cut (something, especially wood) with an ax, pick, or other tool 2. conform or adhere to

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cloister (v)

seclude or shut up in or as if in a convent or monastery

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coup de grace

a final blow

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darn

To repair a cloth; to mend; to weave threads across.

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jink

To make a quick, evasive turn

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lam

1. hit someone hard 2. "flight," as in on the lam, 1897, from a U.S. slang verb meaning "to run off" (1886), of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow from the first element of lambaste, which was used in British student slang for "beat" since 1590s; if so, it would give the word the same etymological sense as the slang expression beat it.

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artifice

a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture); trickery

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dispose

1. get rid of by throwing away. 2. arrange in a particular position.