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chatter idly or foolishly; make continuous sounds like water running gently over rounded stone; N.
pester; annoy continually with demands; persuade by asking again and again; Ex. The children badgered me into taking them into the cinema; N: a kind of mountain animal
harass; tease; torment; Ex. badger baiting; N: food or other lure used to catch fish or trap animals
evil; malignant in intent or effect; deadly; having a malign influence; portending evil; ominous; threatening; Ex. baleful look
stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; foil; stop or get in the way of; frustrate
discuss lightly or glibly; discuss in a frivolous manner; exchange (words) heatedly; quarrel; Ex. bandy words with
shameless and noticeable; blatant; bold; unconcealed; having no covering on the face; Ex. barefaced lie
barrier laid down by artillery fire; overwhelming profusion; large number of questions or statements; Ex. a barrage of criticism
stronghold; something seen as a source of protection; Ex. the last bastion of male chauvinism
deceive; mislead or delude; cheat; pass time pleasantly; charm or attract; Ex. beguiling smile
harp on; dwell on tediously; explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; assail verbally; beat severely; attack physically
contradict; give a false impression; disguise; Ex. The poor sales belied our high hopes; Ex. Her smile belies her true feeling of displeasure.
advantage; anything that brings helpl, advantage, or profit; money provided by the government to the people; fund-raising public entertainment; Ex. unemployment benefit; V: receive benefits; be beneficial to; give benefits
state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved; state of being bereaved or bereft
be unfaithful; reveal (unconsciously or unwillingly); Ex. Her trembling hands betray her anxiety.
irreverence; sacrilege; cursing; bad language about God or holy things; V. blasphem; ADJ. blasphemous; CF. sacrilege
blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully; speak in a noisy or bullying manner; CF. breeze, gust, gale
door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric; large roll of cloth; V: dash or dart off; fasten (a door); gobble down
insolent; without shame; bold; Ex. brazen lie; V: face with bold self-assurance or with unshamed confidence
strike forcefully; slap; batter; knock out; N: table with food set out for people to server themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set
able to float; cheerful and optimistic; N. buoyancy; Ex. buoyancy of wood/water/American market
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