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bristle

to have one's hair stand up

caustic

stinging

cessation

a pause

condolence

expression of sympathy

dupe

an easily fooled person

euphemisim

saying something in a less direct way

inadvertent

due to an oversight, negligent

incipient

jsut starting

incongruous

having inconsistent elements

infamous

evil

jostle

to push, to elbow

lackluster

lacking brightness

loathe

despise

mundane

earthly

ominous

menacing

reprimand

to scold severely

repudiate

disown, refuse to accept

stipulate

make a specific demand

tremulous

trembling

wrest

seize

"crocodile tears"

insincere tears

"to carry the day"

to win the approval of the majority

"Skid Row"

disreputable part of town, inhabited by derelicts and people

"to go up in smoke"

to come to no practical result

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