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  1. passel (n.) /ˈpæsəl/
    informal , dialect or , chiefly ( US ) a group or quantity of no fixed number
  2. peon (n.) /'piən/
    any person of low social status, especially one who does work regarded as menial or unskilled; drudge.
  3. cabal (n.) /kəˈbæl/
    a small group of secret plotters, as against a government or person in authority.
  4. rut (n.) /rʌt/
    a groove or furrow in a soft road, caused by wheels.
  5. browbeat (v.t.) /ˈbraʊˌbit/
    to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully:

    They (...) him into agreeing.
  6. aperture (n.) /'æpətʃə/
    1. an opening, as a hole, slit, crack, gap, etc.

    2. Also called aperture stop. Optics. an opening, usually circular, that limits the quantity of light that can enter an optical instrument.
  7. upshot (n.) /ˈʌpˌʃɒt/
    1. the final issue, the conclusion, or the result: The (...) of the disagreement was a new bylaw.

    2. the gist, as of an argument or thesis.
  8. wean off (ph.v.t.) /wiːn/
    (...) someone (...) something to make someone gradually stop depending on something that they like and have become used to, especially a drug or a bad habit: We're trying to (...) ourselves (...) watching too much television.
  9. square the circle (idiom)
    to solve an unusually difficult problem: To get both sides to agree to anything at all meant we had to (...).
  10. shenanigans (n.) /ʃɪ'nænɪɡəns/
    mischief; prankishness: Halloween (...).
  11. revile (v.) /rɪ'vaɪl/
    to use abusive or scornful language against (someone or something).
  12. pigsty (n.) /'pɪgstaɪ/
    building for housing swine, particularly one with facilities for housing a number of hogs under one roof. Typical housing protects against extremes of heat and cold and provides draft-free ventilation, sanitary bedding, and feeding. Simple hog houses are sometimes called sties.
  13. penchant (n.) /'pɒŋʃɒŋ/
    a strong inclination or liking; bent or taste.
  14. bluster (v.) /'blʌstər/
    to be loud, noisy, or swaggering; utter loud, empty menaces or protests: He (...) about revenge but does nothing.
  15. bodacious (adj.) /boʊ'deɪ ʃəs/
    remarkable; outstanding: a bodacious story.
  16. loafers
    a brand name for a moccasinlike slip-on shoe.
  17. do right by sb. (idiom)
    To treat, deal with, or act toward (someone) in a morally just, socially honorable fashion.

    I know her new husband is a good man and wants to (...) our family.

    Hey man, did you finish that transaction with my cousin? Did you (...) him?
  18. bat an eye (idiom)
    to react in any slight way; to respond.

    When laptop computers first came out they were something of a novelty. These days, nobody (...).
  19. buttonhole (v.t.), (inf.)
    accost and detain (a reluctant person) in conversation.

    The reporter tried to (...) the mayor for a statement on the bus strike.
  20. hale (adj.) /heɪl/
    • free from disease or infirmity; robust; vigorous:
    • (...) and hearty men in the prime of life.
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