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alias
4 uses
It said a good criminal chooses a alias that's kind of close to their own name.†
alias = alternative name
From page 86.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally alias means:
an alternative name
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8, p.86.9
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asthma
2 uses
Not only have you struck him, you have provoked his asthma!†
asthma = a common lung disorder characterized by wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and sometimes coughing
From page 11.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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1st useChapter 2, p.11.3
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boisterous
1 use
E. Bonnegut and the Boisterous Big Band of Berlin," who were the "Masters of All We Behold."†
boisterous = excessively noisy and unrestrained
From page 95.9  Typical Usage
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1st useChapter 9, p.95.9
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conscience
2 uses
I do hope your conscience plagues you because you may have ruined things for many others.†
conscience = feeling or appraisal of having personally behaved in a morally right or wrong manner
From page 15.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.15.4
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direct
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
Across the top of the flyer writ in big black letters were the words LIMITED ENGAGEMENT, then in little letters it said, —Direct from an S.R.O. engagement in New York City.†
direct = straight (without anything in between)
From page 6.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.6.9
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Dutch
1 use
The Thug said to Dirty Deed, "I'd be offended, man, and I ain't trying to say that you ain't good on the eighty-eights, but you know the only reason you got this gig is 'cause you're Dutch, you're white and you don't have the strongest personality in the world."†
Dutch = the people of the Netherlands (including Holland); or relating to them (including the name of their language)
From page 205.2  Typical Usage
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1st useChapter 18, p.205.2
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genuine
1 use
This knife is genuine solid twenty-four-karat silver.†
genuine = real
From page 109.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally genuine means:
real (as when a person is sincere or an object is not a replica or fake)
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Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11, p.109.2
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glimpse
1 use
You know, at first glimpse I wouldn't say you look that much like Herman, but now that I look at you I suppose you do.†
glimpse = a quick look or partial understanding
From page 111.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally glimpse means:
a quick look or partial understanding
The exact meaning of glimpse can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I caught a glimpse of her when I was walking to class." — a very quick look
  • "I glimpsed at the headlines." — looked quickly
  • "Reading the book gave me a glimpse of the life of a devout Muslim immigrant in America." — a quick, incomplete view
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1st useChapter 11, p.111.8
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J. Edgar Hoover
1 use
If J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI saw me now I'd be in some real serious hot water!†
J. Edgar Hoover = founding director of the FBI who remained director for 48 years (1895-1972)
From page 35.9  Typical Usage
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1st useChapter 4, p.35.9
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loathe
1 use
First I save you from being eaten by some vampires in Owosso, then you seem to have survived my daughter's paincakes and finally that police officer saves you from the feared and loathsome labor organizers of Detroit!†
loathsome = disgusting or very bad
From page 136.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.136.1
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luxurious
1 use
Underneath the picture someone had writ with a black fountain pen, "One Night Only in Flint, Michigan, at the Luxurious Fifty Grand on Saturday June 16, 1932.†
luxurious = rich and superior in quality
From page 7.9  Typical Usage
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1st useChapter 1, p.7.9
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matrimony
1 use
Unless you had matrimonial plans concerning Miss Hill.
matrimonial = marriage
From page 56.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally matrimony means:
the state of being a married
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1st useChapter 7, p.56.9
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meddle
1 use
Steady Eddie said, "Thug, you're gonna have to lay off the kid's chops, the little man's got problems enough and he sure don't need to have you meddling with him.†
meddling = interfering (in another's affairs or business); or handling (something that shouldn't be handled)
From page 157.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally meddle means:
interfere (in another's affairs or business); or handle (something that shouldn't be handled)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13, p.157.9
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nimble
1 use
He blew one long, low, nimbly sound and I knew right then, with that one deep, sad moan, what the most beautiful sound in the world was.†
nimbly = quickly and easily
From page 200.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally nimble means:
quick and agile  — typically physically, but can also reference quick, agile thinking

(someone who is agile does things easily)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17, p.200.9
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nominate
1 use
Chairman, in light of the boy's performance last night at the Sweet Pea, I nominate the name Waterworks Willie."†
nominate = propose that someone be offered a position, be a candidate, or receive an honor
From page 195.6  Typical Usage
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16, p.195.6
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nonetheless
1 use
Nonetheless, they were extremely difficult jobs, often marked by eighty-hour workweeks, low salary and virtually no job security.†
nonetheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
From page 238.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally nonetheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAfterward, p.238.3
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provoke
1 use
Not only have you struck him, you have provoked his asthma!†
provoked = caused (a reaction)
From page 11.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.11.3
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therefore
1 use
Therefore, if you urinate in the pool a bright red cloud will surround you and we will be able to tell who has relieved themselves.†
therefore = for that reason
From page 181.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally therefore means:
for that reason (what follows is so because of what was just said)
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Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15, p.181.1
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virtual
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
virtual organization
Nonetheless, they were extremely difficult jobs, often marked by eighty-hour workweeks, low salary and virtually no job security.†
virtually = to almost be so, but not so strictly speaking
From page 238.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of virtual means:
to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAfterward, p.238.4
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Warsaw
1 use
E. Callowski and the Wonderful Warblers of Warsaw," who were the "Masters of the Polka."†
Warsaw = the capital and largest city of Poland; located in central Poland
From page 95.7  Typical Usage
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1st useChapter 9, p.95.7
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