quarrelsome / belligerent
make known officially / announce officially
hasty and unthinking / lacking sensitivity and tact / impudent
mock at / treat with derision / sneer
make seem less important
discernible to touch / palpable / possible to be treated as fact
correct by punishing / criticize severely
dirty / base / filthy / foul / morally degraded
person in his or her eighties
easing of grief / comfort in sorrow / consolation
candidate for high position / one who aspires (as to advancement, honors)
(n.) (often used in plural)
sediment in a liquid / lees / the basest and least desirable portion
wild fit / temporary madness or delirium
coarse / foul-mouthed
going unchecked / widespread / unrestrained
foolish / lacking sense or substance
code of principles / moral philosophy
agree / act together
secret / undercover
outrageous / glaringly bad
warn / reprove / caution / remind [of an obligation or duty]
compulsion / force / coercion / constraint by threat
unrelenting / inflexible / incapable of being dissuaded
remarkably bad / conspicuously offensive
mentally confused / crazed / deeply agitated, as from emotional conflict
cunning / trickery / double-dealing
bitter / rancorous
scarcity / small number or amount / dearth / scarce supply
draw forth / educe
harmful / causing injury / deadly / destructive
put up with / bear
make a deduction / infer / interpret
freedom from punishment
rich / well off
possible / likely / logical
perceive / observe / see
suddenly rush forth
dismay / state of paralyzing dismay
I'm from Missouri
a skeptic, one who is not easily convinced.
"You might swallow his promises, but I'm not from Missouri."
lionize a person
make a big fuss over someone.
"When Bill Clinton traveled around the country, he was lionized wherever he went."
pass the buck
"Emily always did her chores diligently and on time, unlike her brother, who always passed the buck."
take (someone) down a peg
take the conceit out of a braggart.
"He thought he was invincible, but yesterday's loss took him down a peg."
stock in trade
goods, tools, personal characteristics, and other requisites of a profession or task.
"A love of children and learning is a teacher's stock in trade."
rule the roost
be in charge, be the master.
"In public his wife is always submissive, but as soon as she closes the front door she rules the roost."
have no choice whatsoever.
"Dr. Netland is such a tyrant, for he never offers us anything but Hobson's choice."
Feel no pain
be drunk / be intoxicated.
"The preacher who always condemns consumption of alcohol is such a hypocrite, for yesterday he obviously felt no pain."