to glimpse, to descry, to catch sight of
vanishing, happening for the briefest moment
an excellent model, a typical example
urgent, demands prompt action
to rip up by the roots, to abolish, to annihilate
humorous, joking in a somewhat inappropriate or clumsy manner
fertile, productive, fruitful
a rapid outburst, spray of gunfire
to deny, to speak or act against
hot tempered, cranky
a dominant or recurring theme
an embankment designed to prevent a river from flooding
to run at a steady, easy pace
to soften by soaking, to cause to waste away
the humorous misuse of a word that sounds very much like the word intended
to enroll, most particularly in college
bitingly sarcastic, incisive, caustic in manner
being in a dying or decaying condition
a beginner, a novice
unnecessarily helpful, meddlesome, interfering
eating or absorbing everything, feeding on both animal and vegetable substances
to swing back and forth
to become rigid, to become set in one's ways
to hide the seriousness of something with excuses or apologies, to ease without curing
lacking color, wan
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