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epiphany
a moment of sudden and great revelation or realization.
beef
(informal) a complaint or grievance (e.g, a _ with public education)
rap
strike (a hard surface) with a series of rapid audible blows, especially in order to attract attention (e.g, _ at the door)
bikeshed
implies technical disputes over minor, marginal issues conducted while more important ones are being overlooked. The word has its origins in Parkinson’s Law of Triviality.
passé
no longer fashionable; out of date.
stand-off
a deadlock between two equally matched opponents in a dispute or conflict; any situation or disposition of forces that counterbalances or neutralizes (_ with the guards).
deadlock
a situation, typically one involving opposing parties, in which no progress can be made (nuclear _)
huddle
crowd together; nestle closely (e.g, _ together for warmth)
fumble (for/with)
do or handle something clumsily (e.g, she _d with the lock)
flutter
(of a bird or other winged creature) fly unsteadily or hover by flapping the wings quickly and lightly (e.g, butterflies _ing in the garden)
impart
make (information) known (e.g, _ knowledge)
craft
an activity involving skill in making things by hand (e.g, _ of cobbling)
volition
the faculty or power of using one's will (e.g, concious _)
askew
not in a straight or level position (hat was slightly _).
cringe
bend one's head and body in fear or apprehension or in a servile manner (e.g, _ away from the blow)
dwindle
diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength (e.g, traffic _d to a trickle)
gale
a strong wind, specifically one of force seven to ten on the Beaufort scale or from 45 to 90 kilometres per hour (e.g, howling _ outside)
treacherous
(of ground, water, conditions, etc.) presenting hidden or unpredictable dangers. (e.g, _ currents)
bye-law
(Brit) a regulation made by a local authority or corporation.