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I can still see Castro riding into Havana at the head of his ragtag but victorious army.

ride   Speak
v.  travel in a vehicle, such as a car, bus, or train

ragtag   Speak
a.  untidy, disorganized, or incongruously varied in character
Added on: 2019-03-25
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start in   Speak
v. attack verbally; begin to criticize
raunchy   Speak
a. earthy, vulgar, and often sexually explicit
Henry started in on me about my jeans, which, that night, were especially raunchy.
poolroom   Speak
n. a commercial establishment where pool or billiard games are played
stroll   Speak
v. walk in a leisurely way
I strolled into the poolroom next to the gym, where the Coke machine was, to get something to drink.
last-gasp   Speak
a. done at the last possible moment, typically in desperation
disperse   Speak
v. distribute or spread over a wide area
Little Rock's schools were closed in a last-gasp effort to stop integration, its kids dispersed to schools in nearby towns.
transfix   Speak
v. cause someone to become motionless with horror or wonder
feel at home   Speak
v. feel as if one belongs, feel accepted
I sat on the floor right in front of the TV and watched them both, transfixed; it sounds crazy, but I felt right at home in the world of politics and politicians.
rack   Speak
v. cause extreme physical or mental pain to
hysterical   Speak
a. deriving from or affected by uncontrolled extreme emotion
Her stroke was a major one, and in the aftermath she was racked by hysterical screaming.
preacher   Speak
n. a person who delivers a sermon publicly
dunk   Speak
v. dip or submerge temporarily in liquid
When the preacher held her nose and dunked her, she went completely rigid.
eternity   Speak
n. state after death
devil   Speak
n. difficult, deceptive, or problematic part of something
Soon I was pouring blood and hurting like the devil, after what seemed an eternity my uncle showed up and saved me.
ram   Speak
n. a male sheep
tempt fate   Speak
v. do something that is risky or dangerous
I knew there was one mean ram we had to avoid, but we decided to tempt fate, a big mistake.
kinfolk   Speak
n. a person's blood relations, regarded collectively
mishap   Speak
n. an unlucky accident
All my kinfolks could tell a story, making simple events, encounters, and mishaps of ordinary people come alive with drama and laughter.
modest   Speak
a. underestimating of one's abilities or achievements; neither bold nor self-assertive
revolve   Speak
v. move in a circle on a central axis
Social life in my extended family, like that of most people of modest means who grew up in the country, revolved around meals, conversation, and storytelling.
obsession   Speak
n. persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling
dimly   Speak
ad. faintly, seemingly
She had a great laugh, but she also was full of anger, disappointment, and obsessions she only dimly understood.
bone-chilling   Speak
a. very cold, causing strong feelings of fear, terror
frosty   Speak
n. very cold with frost forming on surfaces
We somehow survived bone-chilling temperatures and the night is still expected to be unreasonably frosty, but I have a feeling things are about to heat up.
peek into   Speak
v. take a brief look, glance
hobbyist   Speak
n. someone who enjoys doing something as a hobby
It's for those, skill levels ranging from hobbyist and student to expert, who want to peek into the future and see what kinds of tech will be essential to every industry.
cater   Speak
v. provide food and drinks for an occasion or event
frolic   Speak
v. play and move about cheerfully and excitedly
To cater to the rich and famous, in the 1970s, it created its first Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood, where Bette Davis and Clark Gable once frolicked.
wattage   Speak
n. dynamic or mental energy or appeal
lifeblood   Speak
n. a vital or life-giving force or component