By Jiuondgie Lyon

GRE Vocabulary 2020

This hot words list for GRE test takers is weekly selected from mainstream English media based on popular topics of 2020. It's an express supplement to prepare GRE test.

You can get example sentences and contexts to bind more words together with popular topics. It's a proven way to accumulate new words accurately.

We also include previous GRE vocabulary 2019-2018 in this page and add links of sentences and contexts from classic books for further reading.

If any GRE test-takers is going to kick off building vocabulary, we also recommend below 3 GRE lists as start point.



Recent Added GRE Words:
draconian   a. excessively harsh and severe Detail
chatter   n. incessant trivial talk Detail
afloat   a. out of debt or difficulty Detail
prose   n. written language in its ordinary form rather than poetry Detail
implication   n. a conclusion that can be drawn from something, although it is not explicitly stated Detail
grapple   v. engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons Detail
fluctuate   v. rise and fall irregularly in number or amount Detail
grouse   v. complain pettily; grumble Detail
outpouring   n. something that streams out rapidly Detail
brawl   n. a rough or noisy fight or quarrel Detail
abet   Speak
v. encourage or assist someone to do something wrong
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accordance   Speak
n. following or obeying a rule, law, wish
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afloat   Speak
a. out of debt or difficulty
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brawl   Speak
n. a rough or noisy fight or quarrel
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chatter   Speak
n. incessant trivial talk
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clog   Speak
v. block or become blocked with an accumulation of thick, wet matter
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coniferous   Speak
a. any of an order (Coniferales) of mostly evergreen trees and shrubs having usually needle-shaped
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debacle   Speak
n. a sudden failure
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deciduous   Speak
a. (of a tree or shrub) shedding its leaves annually
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diocese   Speak
n. a district under the pastoral care of a bishop in the Christian Church
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draconian   Speak
a. excessively harsh and severe
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elbow out of   Speak
v. pressure someone to depart something
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epicenter   Speak
n. the point on the earth's surface vertically above the focus of an earthquake
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epidemic   Speak
n. a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease
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evangelist   Speak
n. a person who seeks to convert others to the Christian faith, especially by public preaching
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excruciate   Speak
v. torment someone physically or mentally
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fluctuate   Speak
v. rise and fall irregularly in number or amount
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furlough   Speak
v. grant a leave of absence to
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grapple   Speak
v. engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons; wrestle
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grouse   Speak
v. complain pettily; grumble
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implication   Speak
n. a conclusion that can be drawn from something, although it is not explicitly stated
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infiltrate   Speak
v. access to somewhere surreptitiously and gradually, especially to acquire secret information
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intercession   Speak
n. the action of intervening on behalf of another
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jog   Speak
v. rouse to alertness
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kick   Speak
v. run at a faster speed during the last part of a race
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know-how   Speak
n. practical knowledge or skill; expertise
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magnum   Speak
n. a thing of a type that is larger than normal, in particular
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mortuary   Speak
n. a place in which dead bodies are kept until burial
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opus   Speak
n. any artistic work, especially one on a large scale
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outpouring   Speak
n. something that streams out rapidly
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painstaking   Speak
a. extremely careful and correct, and involving a lot of effort
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pandemic   Speak
n. a disease prevalent over a whole country or the world
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post-mortem   Speak
n. a medical examination of a dead person's body in order to find out the cause of death
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preeminent   Speak
a. surpassing all others; very distinguished in some way
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prose   Speak
n. written language in its ordinary form rather than poetry
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resurrection   Speak
n. state of one risen from the dead
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rover   Speak
n. a vehicle for driving over rough terrain
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sequester   Speak
v. isolate or hide away (someone or something)
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shortfall   Speak
n. a deficit of something required or expected
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siphon   Speak
v. draw off or convey liquid by means of a long and small tube
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spook   Speak
v. frighten; unnerve
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stark   Speak
a. severe or bare in appearance or outline
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stratospheric   Speak
a. relating to the layer of the earth's atmosphere extending to about 50 km above the earth's surface
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trove   Speak
n. a store of valuable or delightful things
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vibe   Speak
n. atmosphere of a place as communicated to and felt by others
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GRE Vocabulary 2018-2019
adorn  Speak
make more beautiful or attractive

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adversity  Speak
difficulties or misfortune
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after hours  Speak
after normal working or opening hours, typically those of bars and nightclubs
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back-alley  Speak
a narrow passage behind or between buildings

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barista  Speak
a person whose job involves preparing and serving different types of coffee
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barren  Speak
too poor to produce much or any vegetation

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bawdy  Speak
dealing with sexual matters in a comical way; humorously indecent
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bead  Speak
a small piece of glass or stone, typically rounded for threading
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benighted  Speak
in a state of intellectual or moral ignorance, typically owing to a lack of opportunity

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bite the dust  Speak
fall so that your body hits the ground heavily, die, end in failure
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blare  Speak
make or cause to make a loud, harsh sound
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blob  Speak
a drop of a thick liquid or other viscous substance
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blossom  Speak
flourish or develop
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brag  Speak
say in a boastful manner
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breathtaking  Speak
astonishing or awe-inspiring in quality, so as to take one's breath away
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categorically  Speak
flatly, unconditionally

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conscious  Speak
aware of and responding to; awake

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craggy  Speak
(of a landscape) abrupt, cliffy, steep
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cringe-worthy  Speak
causing feelings of embarrassment or awkwardness
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cronyism  Speak
appointment of friends and associates to positions of authority, without proper regard to their qualifications
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damning  Speak
strongly suggesting guilt or error
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deficiency  Speak
a lack or shortage
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despise  Speak
feel a strong dislike for someone or something because of bad or no value

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dominant  Speak
most important, powerful, or influential

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down  Speak
a gently rolling hill
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droll  Speak
curious or unusual in a way that provokes dry amusement
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dwindle  Speak
diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength
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enlist  Speak
enroll or be enrolled in the armed services
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entice  Speak
attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage

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ethos  Speak
the character or disposition of a community, group, person

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flog  Speak
sell or offer for sale

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formidable  Speak
inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large and powerful

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frantic  Speak
wild or distraught with fear, anxiety, or other emotion

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fraternity  Speak
a group of people sharing a common profession or interests
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full-on  Speak
not limited in any way, fully developed
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furlough  Speak
leave of absence, especially that granted to a member of the armed services
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gibe  Speak
being compatible, similar or consistent
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glamorous  Speak
attractive in an exciting and special way
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gown  Speak
long dress worn on formal occasions

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grind on  Speak
continue for a long time in a wearying or tedious way
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gubernatorial  Speak
of or relating to a state governor or the office of state governor
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gyrate  Speak
move or cause to move in a circle or spiral, especially quickly
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gyration  Speak
a rapid movement in a circle or spiral; a whirling motion
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hard-core  Speak
the most active or committed members of a group or movement
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haze  Speak
force a new member to perform strenuous, humiliating, or dangerous tasks
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helm  Speak
steer a boat or ship
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herald  Speak
be a sign that something is about to happen

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homeroom  Speak
a classroom in which a group of students assembles daily with the same teacher
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homosexual  Speak
a person who is sexually attracted to people of their own sex
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hone  Speak
refine or perfect something over a period of time
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illusion  Speak
a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted
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imminent  Speak
about to happen, urgent
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impunity  Speak
exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action

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in full swing  Speak
in full operation, at the highest level of activity
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infuse  Speak
soak in liquid to extract the flavor or healing properties

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ingest  Speak
take food or drink by swallowing or absorbing it

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inimitably  Speak
in an impossible to reproduce or duplicate manner

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inmate  Speak
a person confined to an institution such as a prison or hospital

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insecure  Speak
not confident or assured; uncertain and anxious
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intimidate  Speak
frighten or overawe someone to make them do what one wants

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irrefutably  Speak
in a way that is impossible to prove wrong
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jurisprudence  Speak
theory or philosophy of law

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kneecap  Speak
shoot (someone) in the knee or leg as a form of punishment
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lance corporal  Speak
military rank, below corporal, typically the lowest non-commissioned officer
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lavish  Speak
sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious
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lead-up  Speak
an event, point, or sequence that leads up to something else

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lose shirt  Speak
lose a lot of money, lose all of one's assets
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magistrate  Speak
civil officer or lay judge who administers the law

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maven  Speak
an expert or connoisseur
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melancholy  Speak
a feeling of thoughtful sadness
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misdemeanor  Speak
a minor wrongdoing
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momentum  Speak
impetus gained by a moving object; tendency or influence
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monger   Speak
someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold
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munch  Speak
eat something with a continuous and often audible action of the jaws

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muzzle   Speak
the open end of the barrel of a firearm
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nobility  Speak
people of the highest social rank in a society, considered as a group

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obnoxious  Speak
extremely unpleasant

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obscene  Speak
offensive or disgusting by accepted standards of morality and decency
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on the skids  Speak
in a bad state; failing
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ornate  Speak
made in an intricate shape or decorated with complex patterns
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palpable  Speak
able to be touched or felt
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parole  Speak
release of a prisoner temporarily
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penitentiary  Speak
a prison for people convicted of serious crimes
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perk  Speak
money, goods, or other benefit to which one is entitled as an employee or as a shareholder

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phantom  Speak
unreal image, ghost
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plead guilty to  Speak
state that one is guilty of a crime before a court of law
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pledge  Speak
a person who has promised to join a fraternity or sorority
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plush  Speak
richly luxurious and expensive
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poster child  Speak
typical or good example of something

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potassium  Speak
chemical element of atomic number 19, a soft silvery-white reactive metal of the alkali metal group
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potent  Speak
having great power, influence, or effect

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prodigious  Speak
remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree

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promptly  Speak
at exactly a specified time; punctually

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proponent  Speak
person who advocates a theory, proposal, or project

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proposition  Speak
a statement or assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion
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pummel  Speak
strike repeatedly, typically with the fists

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rambunctious  Speak
uncontrollably exuberant; boisterous, wild
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redeem  Speak
gain or regain possession of something in exchange for payment

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repeal  Speak
revoke or annul
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risotto  Speak
Italian food of rice cooked with other ingredients such as meat and vegetables

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rivalry  Speak
state of trying to defeat or be more successful than another

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rogue  Speak
a dishonest or unprincipled man

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roughly  Speak
in a manner lacking refinement and precision
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sass  Speak
be cheeky or rude to someone
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scorched-earth  Speak
a military policy in which everything in an area are destroyed so that enemy cannot use them

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shale  Speak
soft rock that can be split easily into fragile slabs

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shine a light  Speak
metaphorically put the spotlight on an issue or subject so that others will notice it

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sideways  Speak
to, toward, or from the side

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sizzling  Speak
very hot, unbearably hot
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skeptical  Speak
not easily convinced; having doubts or reservations
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slam  Speak
shut something forcefully and loudly

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slug  Speak
be cheeky or rude to someone
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snap  Speak
break or cause to break suddenly and completely

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sneer  Speak
a contemptuous or scornful remark
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snort  Speak
make a sudden sound through one's nose

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soulmate  Speak
a person ideally suited to another as a close friend

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stain  Speak
a colored patch or dirty mark that is difficult to remove
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starchy  Speak
very formal and serious in behavior

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strife  Speak
angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues, conflict
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swoop  Speak
seize with a sweeping motion
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taint  Speak
contaminate or pollute something
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take a drag  Speak
inhale smoke from something, especially a cigarette
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temple  Speak
the flat area on either side of the forehead
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tide waiter  Speak
a customs inspector at a seaport
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treacherous  Speak
guilty of or involving betrayal or deception

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trespass  Speak
commit an offense against person or rule
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truffle  Speak
a strong-smelling underground fungus that resembles an irregular, rough-skinned potato

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uptight  Speak
anxious or angry in a tense and overly controlled way

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vantage  Speak
a place or position affording a good view of something
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vicious  Speak
deliberately cruel or violent
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wag  Speak
a person who makes facetious jokes

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well-pressed  Speak
thoroughly or skilfully pressed

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woe  Speak
great sorrow or distress
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woman about town  Speak
a socially active, sophisticated woman who frequents fashionable nightclubs, theaters, or restaurants
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