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a phrase rearranged from the letters of another phrasePuns, palindromes, mirror images,
anagrams and inversions: these are all pivotal to Wallinger's art, succinct devices for multiplying the nuances of meaning.
short account of an incident“How was school today?” might yield the occasional
anecdote, but most kids clam up and move on.Forbes (Sep 19, 2013)
the act of affirming or stating somethingTheir
assertions, in turn, are based on research by several doctors.Slate (Sep 18, 2013)
consisting of or causing a decisive momentAnthony Joshua, who only started boxing four years ago, won Team GB's
climactic gold medal on Sunday afternoon in controversial circumstances.
capable of thinking in a clear and consistent mannerThe U.S. government’s response has been anything but measured,
coherent and purposeful.
a short section at the end of a literary workAfter the novel’s plot properly ends, there are three codas, which you could see as
epilogues or even short stories set in the same universe.Forbes (May 30, 2012)
with little or no preparation or forethoughtIn typical Clinton form, much of his convention speech was
the quality of being faithfulLoyalty pays big dividends in business, which is why fostering customer
fidelity makes good business sense.
an asset of special worth or utilityAnd in general, expanding social insurance against economic risk isn't really libertarianism's
cause to explode violently and with loud noiseAs on his blog, he
fulminates against corruption, accusing officials at all levels of siphoning away revenues that could improve services.
provoke as by constant criticismI
goaded him a little more, and eventually he cracked.
a patient with imaginary symptoms and ailmentsAs he picked up the phone to make the call, Wayne Curtis worried that his doctor might think he was a
hypochondriac.Washington Post (Jul 26, 2010)
incapable of being explained or accounted forThree manatees — the languid, plant-munching, over-upholstered mammals known as sea cows — died suddenly and
inexplicably, one after another, in a spot where deaths were rare.
refusing to bind oneself to a particular course of actionHoward, 27, will test free agency and is
noncommittal about his plans.
the human nose (especially when it is large)So, when
proboscises get altered, we're thrown off the scent.
an unusually gifted or intelligent personChild
prodigy: A novel cognitive profile places elevated general intelligence, exceptional working memory and attention to detail at the root of prodigiousness.Scientific American (May 22, 2013)
not sensible about practical mattersHe is known for his intensity and somewhat
quixotic interests, including marathon running and the turtle pond in his New Jersey back yard.
firm and dependable especially in loyaltyCathedral of New York, the first of seven services that Mr. Thompson tackles today accompanied by a
staunch supporter, Representative Gregory Meeks.
a symbol of disgrace or infamyBut among military personnel, the
stigma around getting mental health care lingers.Slate (Sep 19, 2013)
infer from incomplete evidenceStone
surmised that they might have been flight attendants who fell out when the plane's tail broke off on impact.
(updated September 25, 2013)