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- adjective; shocked or horrifie
- example: I was aghast at the sight of the car crash.
adjective; muscular and heavily built
- example: People are always telling my burly friend Matt that he should try out for the football team,
- but he can’t catch a pass to save his life.
noun; a Muslim or Hindu holy man; fakirs are generally believed to havemiraculous powers
example: A crowd gathered to watch the fakir lie on a bed of nails.
verb; to startle, unsettle, disturb, or irritate
example: The sudden blare of the car alarm jarred me.
noun; 1. the state of being liable, or legally responsible;2. a disadvantage; something that holds one back
- example 1: I asked the airline to replace my iPod, which was stolen from my luggage, but the airline denied liability.
- example 2: I realize that I’m a liability to the swim team, but I’m trying hard to improve my skills!
adjective; overly dramatic, sentimental, or emotional
example: My brother is so melodramatic—he gets a minor cold, and he acts like he’s about to die.
noun; a unit of money used in the United Kingdom and other countries
- example: I love shopping for clothes on this British Web site, but I have to remind myself to convert
- pounds to dollars in my head before I buy anything
adjective; rosy; reddish
example: The sailor had a ruddy complexion from all the time he spent at sea.
adjective; tall and sturdy; muscular
example: For some reason, I pictured Anthony as short and slight, but in fact he is quite strapping.
noun; an object thought to have magical powers and bring good luck
example: My grandfather’s watch is my lucky talisman. I always bring it with me when I take a test.
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