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forestall
to prevent something from happening by acting first
demur
to express disagreement or refuse to do something
rapacious
having or showing a strong wish to take things for yourself, usually using unfair methods or force
chagrin
disappointment or anger, especially when caused by a failure or mistake
despondent
unhappy and with no hope or enthusiasm because you feel you are in a difficult situation
lank
Lank hair is not attractive because it is completely straight and thin
flaunt
to show or make obvious something you are proud of in order to get admiration
nab
to take something suddenly, or to catch or arrest a criminal
ardour
great enthusiasm or love
wiles
ways of persuading someone that cleverly trick them into doing something (e.g. use your wiles)
lustrous
very shiny (eyes, hair)
parley
a discussion between two groups of people, especially one that is intended to end an argument
daub
to spread a thick or sticky liquid on something or to cover something with a thick or sticky liquid, often quickly or carelessly
maudlin
feeling sad and having a lot of pity for yourself, especially after you have drunk a lot of alcohol
abut
If a building or area of land abuts on something, it is next to it or touches it on one side