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Vocabulary from History Is All You Left Me

(Under construction) Vocabulary and terms from the novel, History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.
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Casket
a box in which a dead person is buried
Pissed
angry
Hold back
stop someone or something from moving forwards
Bonding
forming a close relationship with someone
Lair
the home or den of a wild animal
Flea market
a market, usually taking place outside, where old or used goods are sold cheaply
Overpriced
too expensive
Even
divisible by 2 (Eg. 2, 4, 6, etc.)
Odd
Not divisible by 2 (Eg. 1, 3, 5, etc.)
Be down to do something
to be ready, willing or eager
Know-it-all
someone who believes he or she knows more than others
Stroll
walk in a slow, relaxed way
Muggy
hot and humid
Unleash
to release a thing or an emotion
Quirk
a peculiar way of acting
Tic
a small repeated movement of a muscle especially in the face that cannot be controlled
Freak out
to go crazy
OCD
(Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)a disorder characterized by unwanted repetitive thoughts (obsessions) and/or actions (compulsions)
Scoot
to slide especially while seated
What-ifs
the tendency for people to continually question themselves about the potential for events or the catastrophe that might happen
Comforter
a thick bed covering that is filled with a soft light material
Hoard
to store up, save sometimes unnecessarily
Glare
to shine with a strong, harsh light
Toddler
a child who has only recently learned to walk
Drained
very tired
Burial
act of placing dead body to rest in the ground
Over something
to no longer have strong emotions about someone or something
Bitch out of
quit or gave up on something
Bother
to disturb
Treat
to pay for someone, like for a meal at a restaurant
Glare
to stare fixedly and angrily
High-pitched
describes a sound that is higher than most other sounds
Wrap
to enfold, embrace
Mourner
a person who attends a funeral as a relative or friend of the dead person
Numb
unable to feel
Slam
to close a door loudly
Pummel
beat or pound with fists
Cutout
a photo in which the background has been cut away
Burst out
give sudden release to an expression
Rib cage
system of bones that protects the heart and lungs
Bulk
in large quantities
Haul ass
to move or travel quickly (vulgar)
Chatter
idle, trivial talk
Whistle
to make a high sound by blowing air through your lips or teeth
Tiebreaker
something (such as an extra question) that is used to decide a winner when a game, contest, etc., has ended with a tied score
Twirl
the act of rotating rapidly
Brandish
to wave or swing (something, such as a weapon) in a threatening or excited manner
Lanky
ungracefully tall and thin
Eulogy
a formal speech praising a person who has died
Envy
a feeling of jealousy
NYU
New York University
Show off
display proudly
Carpeted
covered, usually with thick, soft material, i.e. carpet
Grip
to hold tightly
Choke
to become too emotional to speak
Hog
to take, keep, or use (something) in a way that prevents other people or things from having or using it
Fidgety
restless; impatient; uneasy.
Awkward
likely to embarrass
Shiver
to tremble, shake
Sneeze
to blow air involuntarily through the nose
Whirlpool
any place where water flows in a small circle usually caused by the current of a stream striking a bank or by two currents meeting
Mess up
to spoil something or to do it badly
Two-off
to do something twice (2 times) and no more
Wiped out
extremely tired
Untangle
to remove tangles or knots
Fearless
without fear; not afraid
Pier
a structure projecting into the water and used as a docking or loading place for ships
Drizzle
light rain
Tuck in
to put or fit into a snug or safe place
Family planning
the use of birth control to determine the number of children
Mumble
to speak in a low voice that is not clear
Groundbreaking
innovative
Nod
to move your head up and down
Crush
a strong feeling of romantic love for someone that is usually not expressed and does not last a long time
Fleeting
passing quickly, transitory
Swoop in
to arrive suddenly and do something
Bummed
depressed
Head space
mental attitude or outlook
Endgame
the final stage of some action or process
Kick off
to begin, to start
Middleman
a person who goes between buyers and sellers
Guidance counselor
a person who gives help and advice to students about educational and personal decisions
Peacoat
a heacy double-breasted jacket originally worn by sailors
Locker
a storage compartment for clothes and valuables
College
an institution of higher education that awards degrees and certificates. (university)
Beaming
smiling radiantly
Trump
to hold an advantage in reserve until needed
Stingy
not generous
Stoop
a small porch
passersby
people who pass by
info-dump
a large volume of data supplied at the same time
Hang
spend time relaxing
Tip toe
to walk quietly
Do over
to do again
Bowtie
a bow worn around the neck
Getup
a set of clothes, especially strange or unusual clothes
Screw up
to make a mistake
Slack
to waste time
Settle
accept something (less than expected)
Tickle
to touch (a body part) lightly so as to cause laughter or jerky movements
Hover
to float or hang suspended over
Draw
to attract
Flushed
red in the face
Reach out
show that you need help or seek help
Clock out
to escape reality in your head
Glitch
a malfunction; an error
Harsh
extremely unkind or cruel
Growl
a sound some animals make when they are angry
Playdate
a time that is arranged for children to meet together to play
Draft
to make a version of (something, such as a document or plan) that will need more work in order to be finished
Blush
to become red in the face
Kick back
to relax, to take it easy
On point
relevant to the issues
Wardrobe
a collection of clothes that a person owns or wears
Control freak
a person who has a strong need to control people or how things are done
Bully
a person who teases, hurts, or threatens smaller or weaker people
Snuggle
hug and cuddle
Casualty
a person killed or injured in an accident
Must-have
something that is necessary to have or get
Skipping rocks
to throw flat rocks across water so they bounce repeatedly off the surface
Ditch
to get rid of something or someone that is no longer wanted
Sewer
a pipe, normally underground, that carries wastewater and refuse.
Midst
in the middle of something
Rigged
to manipulate or control usually by deceptive or dishonest means
Fold
to give up (from poker)
Forthcoming
honest and open; communicative
Skaky
weak and likely to break down, collapse, or fail
Power nap
a short sleep that gives you energy
Fair game
someone that can be chased, attacked, or criticized without reproach
Daze
a condition in which one cannot think clearly
Lecture
a talk that criticizes someone's behavior in an angry or serious way
Fidget
to behave or move nervously or restlessly
Quirky
unusual; strange; odd; eccentric
Pop up
appear suddenly
Wobbly
tending to move unsteadily from side to side.
Sip
to drink (a liquid) slowly by taking only small amounts into your mouth
Be tight with someone
to have a close relationship with someone
Snow day
when school is cancelled because of the snow
Bouldering
...
Crouch
to stoop or bend low
Cling
to hold on tightly to somebody/something
Back-up plan
an alternative course of action
Back out
decide not to do something you agreed to do
Dormitory
a college or university building containing living quarters for students ('Dorm' for short)
Downtown
the lower part of a city or town (Manhattan going south)
Baggy
not fitting closely
Ambush
to attack from a place of hiding
Stunning
extremely impressive or attractive
Kidding
to deceive or trick as a joke, tease
Muzzle
a covering for the mouth of a dog that stops it from biting people
Binge
relatively brief episode of uncontrolled, excessive consumption, ie. food, television, alcohol.
Barely
scarcely
Snarl
to make an angry sound showing teeth
Grappling
wrestling, struggling
Screech
sharp piercing cry
Reckless
careless; without caution
Free period
a set time at school when there are no lessons
Peek
to look at something quickly and secretly because you should not be looking at it
Write up someone
to report (a person) especially for some violation of law or rules
Detention
a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home
Dean
head of a division or school in a college or university
Slush
partly melted snow
Resume
to begin again
Outgrown
to grow too big or old for something
Limbs
arms and legs
Splurge
to spend a lot of money
Stand something
to tolerate something
Snitch on
divulge secrets, inform authorities about someone.
Make-up work
work that is done for compensation of lost time, catch up
Swerve
to turn aside sharply
Undo
to cancel the effect of, reverse
Dread
to fear greatly
Upset
angry or unhappy
Worn
used, old, bad condition
Bounty
reward or payment
Huddle
to crowd together
Spot
to see or notice (someone or something that is difficult to see or find)
Sit shotgun
to ride in the front passenger seat of a car
Gig
a job usually for a specified time
Care package
a package of useful or enjoyable items that is sent or given as a gift to someone who is away from home
Downfall
a sudden fall from power or position
Bound
intending to go (going)
Lovesick
missing the person one loves, so much that one is unable to act normally
Move on
to go on to a different place, subject, activity, etc.
Whiplash
an injury to the neck that is caused by a sudden backward movement of the head
Dodge
to avoid
Stubble
any short, rough growth, as of beard
Withstand
to resist
Bounce up
to recover from something
Pull into
to drive up to and park at some location
Tailgating
following another vehicle too closely.
Respawn
to come back to life
Snippet
a small amount
Lump
a compact mass
Flick
a light stroke as with a whip
Wince
to draw back suddenly, as though in pain or fear
Burrow
to dig a hole or tunnel into or under something
Backseat-driver
a person in the car who gives unwanted advice or directions
Flashlight
torch
Scrunch up
make wrinkles or creases into a smooth surface
Draining
exhausting
Drench
to wet thoroughly, to soak
Cross-legged
with one leg bent or folded over or under the other
Wrench
to pull away with a violent twist
Tenfold
ten times as much or as many
Dwell
to keep attention, obsess
Comforter
a bedcover with 2 fabric layers
Snatch
to take something quickly and often rudely or roughly
Kickoff
to mark the beginning of
Swear
to vow, promise
Intact
in place, unharmed
Shades
sunglasses
Left over
remaining
Stab
to injure someone with a sharp pointed object such as a knife
Airy
light; not heavy or serious
Slight
small in amount or degree
Adrift
wander aimlessly, without direction
Spilling
to give away a secret
Dizzy
having the feeling of spinning and being about to fall
Afterward
at a later time
Bow
a weapon that is used to propel an arrow
Slither
to move with a sliding, side-to-side motion of the body
Narrowed
to become or make less wide
Scoop
to gather up
Blurry
not clear, unfocused
Blindside
to surprise someone, usually with harmful results
Shelve
to put aside and postpone
Chills
sensations of cold and shaking of the body
Lockdown
a situation in which inmates are confined to their cells around the clock and denied exercise, work, recreation, and visits
Down
to eat or drink (something) especially quickly
Robbed
to have been a victim of a thief; to have had something stolen
Second-guess
to criticize someone after a decision has been made
Bopping
to dance to pop music
Handstand
the act of supporting yourself by your hands alone in an upside down position
Shove
to push roughly
Healing ritual
form of traditional or alternative medicine rooted in spiritual or religious practices
Showdown
important confrontation
Eggnog
a drink made from a mixture of beaten eggs
Snowball
to increase, grow, etc., at a faster and faster rate
Bladder
the organ in the body that holds urine
Swap
to give something to someone and get something from them in return
Smirk
to smile in a self-satisfied or artificial way
Downer
a person or situation that stops you feeling happy
Blasted
to make very loud, as in music
Lame
not smart or impressive
Film score
all of the music accompanying a film
Straight-up
honest, direct
Dagger
a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing
Peephole
a hole that is used to look through something (such as a door) to the other side
Windowsill
a shelf fixed along the bottom of a window
Roadblock
an obstacle in your way
Turn down
to refuse or reject (something or someone)
Head
to go in a specified direction or toward a specified place
Tag along
accompany someone, especially if they haven't specifically invited you
Rocky
marked by obstacles or problems
Scrub
to clean something by rubbing it hard with a brush
Nudge
a slight push or shake
Dresser
a piece of furniture that has drawers for storing clothes
Bullet
to run or dash quickly from or toward something
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