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Serry

Verb: Crowd closely together.

Adj: (serried) pressed together or compacted; soldiers in a row.

Sent: Waiting for the show, I looked east across Central Park to the rising sun just knotting its tie over the serried high rises of midtown and the Upper East Side.

Mneu: Serried Saris. 

2

Proffer

V: 1) trans. To offer or present oneself (to a person); to put oneself forward (to do something).

Sent: Chavez leaned back on her past to proffer herself as a working class heroine.
 

b. trans. To bring or put before a person for acceptance; to offer, present.

Sent: The youthful staff scurries around..proffering terra cotta decanters of ice water and baskets of crusty bread.
 

2. trans. To propose or suggest (a course of action, etc.); to propose or offer (to do something). Also with that-clause as object.

Sent: The ads proffered that..any local call from a mobile phone on weekends would be free.
 

Mneu: Proffer and offer.

3

Wangle

W/ or W/out object

1. to bring about, accomplish, or obtain by scheming or underhand methods: to wangle an invitation. 
 

2. to falsify or manipulate for dishonest ends: to wangle business records. 

3) trans. To influence or induce (a person) to do something. rare.

4) intr. Of a thing: To move loosely or shakily on its base or in its place of attachment. Of a person: To go unsteadily.

Also Noun.

Sent: Greg Smith, the former Goldman Sachs banker who wrote a tell-all called “Why I Left Goldman Sachs,” is here. Mr. Smith managed to wangle a reported $1.5 million payday from his publisher, but his book sold poorly and his publisher was left with a huge loss.

Mneu: Wangling Morals.

 

 

4

Tarry

verb (used without object)

1. intr. a. To delay or be tardy in beginning or doing anything, esp. in coming or going; to wait before doing something; to linger, loiter.

1. to remain or stay, as in a place; sojourn: He tarried in Baltimore on his way to Washington. 
3. to wait.

Sent: Outside a synagogue on Hazon Ish Street in the Kirya ha-Haredit quarter, a sign requested that females should cross to the opposite sidewalk and certainly not tarry outside the building.

Mneu: He tarried because he carried heavy things.

 

  
 

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Sop

Verb: 1) To dip or soak in liquid. Sop bread in gravy

2) To drench.

3) to take up (liquid) by absorption (usually followed by up): He used bread to sop up the gravy. 

Noun: 1. a piece of solid food, as bread, for dipping in liquid food.
2. anything thoroughly soaked.
3. something given to pacify or quiet, or as a bribe: The political boss gave him some cash as a sop. 

Sent: Thousands of Italians throng his rallies to sop up his contempt for the status quo.

Mneu: Sop/ Mop

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Sluice

W/Obj.

8. to let out (water) by or as if by opening a sluice.
9. to drain (a pond, lake, etc.) by or as if by opening a sluice.
10. to open a sluice upon.
11. to flush or cleanse with a rush of water: to sluice the decks of a boat. 

Sent: Instead it defines a novel whose many separate elements have been made to sluice toward one big soggy destination.

noun
1. an artificial channel for conducting water, often fitted with a gate (sluice gate)  at the upper end for regulating the flow.
2. the body of water held back or controlled by a sluice gate.
3. any contrivance for regulating a flow from or into a receptacle.
4. a channel, especially one carrying off surplus water; drain.
5. a stream of surplus water.

 

7

Roister

verb (used without object)
1. to act in a swaggering, boisterous, or uproarious manner.
2. to revel noisily or without restraint.

 

Also Noun.

Sent: Alex and his classmate..spent their fresh money roistering in Manhattan over the Christmas break.
 

 

Mneu: Rooster-Roister.

 

8

Flay

verb (used with object)
1. to strip off the skin or outer covering of.
2. to criticize or scold with scathing severity.
3. to deprive or strip of money or property.

 

Sent: As they flay one another in Democratic mayoral debates, rivals tend not to bother highlighting the campaign finance troubles of John C. Liu, the city comptroller, who is already trailing in the polls.

 

9

Flit

verb (used without object)
1. to move lightly and swiftly; fly, dart, or skim along: bees flitting from flower to flower. 
2. to flutter, as a bird.
3. to pass quickly, as time: hours flitting by. 

Sent: The Cottagers Flit from One Resort to Another

10

Embolden

1) to make bold or bolder; hearten; encourage. ex. Any escalation might embolden surrounding countries. 2) steady earnings on Wall Street embolden lawmakers to enact tougher regulations

11

Heresy

Opinion or doctrine at variance with orthodox or accepted doctrine. 2)the maintaining of such an opinion. 3)any belief or theory that is strongly in conflict with established beliefs, customs, etc.

12

Soigne

carefully or elegantly done, operated or designed ex. I adore Valentino, and admire his substantive legacy of glamour and elegance and his manner of making a woman look soigne, sexy and 2)well-groomed

13

Nearasthenia

nervous exhaustion without cause.

14

Overweening

1) presumptuously conceited; overconfident, or proud 2) exaggerated, excessive, or arrogant.

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Blase

Mossey and Blase

indifferent or bored with life; unimpressed as if from an excess of worldly pleasures.

S:  Untreated sewage means visitors are greeted with a foul stench. But the mood among prisoners seems to waver between blasé and leisurely