stewardship n. the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or propertygalvanize v. shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action
The street will provide an education, with crucial lessons about environmental stewardship and citizen engagement; youth are leading the way, but many seniors are also galvanized.
kneecap v. shoot (someone) in the knee or leg as a form of punishmentdwindle v. diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength
High log prices and dwindling timber supply are driving the crisis in the forestry industry that has kneecapped the economy.
none other than n. one is surprised or impressed by the person or thing one is about to mentioncracksman n. a burglar, especially a safecracker
This person appears to have been none other than Beddington, the famous forger and cracksman.
muzzle n. the open end of the barrel of a firearm temple 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.
tide waiter n. a customs inspector at a seaportmonger 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 v. seek someone's favor