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This person appears to have been none other than Beddington, the famous forger and cracksman.

none other than   Speak
n.  one is surprised or impressed by the person or thing one is about to mention

cracksman   Speak
n.  a burglar, especially a safecracker
Added on: 2019-08-18
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muzzle   Speak
n.  the open end of the barrel of a firearm
temple   Speak
n. the flat area on either side of the forehead
Only when I pressed the cold muzzle of the revolver to his temple did he at last understand that resistance was vain.
sardonic   Speak
a. disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking
ascetic   Speak
a. pertaining to practice of rigorous self-discipline
gloom   Speak
n. a state of partial or total darkness
bode   Speak
v. indicate by signs
The sardonic smile which occasionally broke through his ascetic gloom boded little good for the object of our quest.
tide waiter   Speak
n. a customs inspector at a seaport
monger   Speak
n. someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold
Your morning letters, if I remember right, were from a fish monger and a tide waiter.
woo   Speak
v. seek someone's favor
deprive   Speak
v. take away possessions from someone
After all the trouble of wooing and wedding, you found yourself deprived in an instant of wife and of fortune.
frenzy   Speak
n. a state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior
tirade   Speak
n. a long, angry speech of criticism or accusation
He would whip them into a frenzy with tirades against blacks and their traitorous white sympathizers.
gibe   Speak
n. being compatible, similar or consistent
sneer   Speak
n. a contemptuous or scornful remark
Henever spoke of the softer passions with a gibe and a sneer.
cronyism   Speak
n. appointment of friends and associates to positions of authority, without proper regard to their qualifications
stain   Speak
n. a colored patch or dirty mark that is difficult to remove
taint   Speak
v. contaminate or pollute something
Finally our state would have a chance to move beyond the scars of Little Rock and the stains of cronyism that also tainted his later years.
socialite   Speak
n. a person who is well known in fashionable society and is fond of social activities
dilettante   Speak
n. a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real knowledge
After distinguished service in World War II, he married a New York socialite and reacquired his reputation as a hard-partying dilettante.
grudge   Speak
n. a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment
handed-down   Speak
a. passed on to a later generation or age
The visible manifestation of how real a century-old conflict was in places where time passed slowly, grudges died hard, and handed-down memories hung on and on.
hairdo   Speak
n. style of a person's hair
crew cut   Speak
n. a very short haircut for men and boys
He had a ducktail hairdo, crew cut on top, long hair greased back on the sides.
in full swing   Speak
ad. in full operation, at the highest level of activity
homeroom   Speak
n. a classroom in which a group of students assembles daily with the same teacher
In September 1960, the presidential campaign was in full swing; my homeroom and English teacher was also from Hope and, like me, a Democrat.
illusion   Speak
n. a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted
bite the dust   Speak
v. fall so that your body hits the ground heavily, die, end in failure
I always thought I was good at math until I had to give up helping Chelsea with her homework when she was in ninth grade; an illusion bites the dust.
shackle   Speak
n. something that confines the legs or arms
segregation   Speak
n. action or state of setting someone or something apart from others
In that late summer of 1957, they helped to set all of us, white and black alike, free from the dark shackles of segregation and discrimination.
obscene   Speak
n. offensive or disgusting by accepted standards of morality and decency