best ones:                             Boston.

anguished* - distressed with severe pain or grief, tormented

victor - to overcome, vanquish (obs.)

vex - to trouble, afflict, or harass (a person, etc.) by aggression, encroachment, or other interference with peace and quiet; to afflict with mental agitation or trouble.

perambulator* - a hand-carriage, with three or four wheels, for one or two young children, pushed from behind.

ram - to dash violently against, to strike with great force                                                                                                         ran

...M' Turk's knee in the small of his back cannoned him into Stalky, who punted him back.


acolyte* - Eccl. An inferior officer in the church who attended the priests and deacons, and performed subordinate duties, as lighting and bearing candles, etc.; an attendant or junior assistant in any ceremony or operation.




ever since* - throughout all the time before or after a specified date

Madonna* - an Italian designation of the Virgin Mary

chield* - child, lad

brilliance - intense or sparkling brightness or radiance, lustre, splendour.

nominally - by name, as regards a name or names; in name, as opposed to really.

pronominally* - with the force of or as a pronoun; by means of a pronoun;        numina - a spirit which inhabits object or phenomenon.

reeker - one that reeks

to stand pat - to oppose or resist change;                  pat - exactly suitable or to the purpose, apposite.

yahoo* - a name invented by Swift in Gulliver's Travels for an imaginary race of brutes having the form of men; hence transf. and allusively, a human being of a degraded or bestial type.

houyhnhnm* - the name given by Swift in Gulliver's Travels to one of a race of beings described as horses endowed with reason and bearing rule over a degraded brutish race of men, called the Yahoos;                     homonym* - the same name or word used to denote different things; a person or thing having the same name as another, a 'namesake'.

gab - mockery, derisive deception; a lie, deceit                                                                                                              Gottgab

memoirs - a record of events, not purporting to be a complete history, but treating of such matters as come within the personal knowledge of the writer, or are obtained from certain particular sources of information                                                  memories

impersonate - to invest with a supposed personality; to represent in a personal or bodily form; to personify.

foul - grossly offensive to the senses, physically loathsome; primarily with reference to the odour or appearance indicative of putridity or corruption.

twofold - composed of two parts or elements; existing in two relations or manners; of two kinds; double, dual.

untaken - not taken by force; not made prisoner; uncaptured.

expatriate* - an expatriated person; In modern usage, a person who lives in a foreign country.

doppleganger* = double-ganger - the apparition of a living person; a double, a wraith.

much about - very nearly

medium - a middle quality, degree, or condition; Spiritualism, etc. A person who is supposed to be the organ of communications from departed spirits.

sandy - having hair of a yellowish-red colour; of hair, yellowish-red.

whiskers - the hair that grows on an adult man's face; formerly commonly applied to that on the upper lip, now called moustache, and sometimes to (or including) that on the chin (beard); now usu. restricted to that on the cheeks or sides of the face.

to poke (one) in the ribs - to hit (a person) in the side of his chest esp. with one’s elbow in order to draw his attention to something funny or unusual;                    nab - the head; a policeman.

to take the words out of someone's mouth* - to say what someone else was intending to say before he does so himself;
erst - earliest, soonest, first in order of time.

treble - three times as much or as many; triple

surpass - to go beyond (another) in degree, amount, or quality; to be or do more or better than.

foster - a foster-parent, nurse; an officer who watches royal forest

to do the dirty - to play a dirty trick

tantrum - an outburst or display of petulance or ill-temper, a fit of passion; Freq. in pl. Now often spec. a fit of bad temper in a young child.

kilowatt - a thousand watts

redivive* - revived, come to life again

toot - an act of tooting; a note or short blast of a horn, trumpet, or other wind instrument.



tut* - an ejaculation (often reduplicated) expressing impatience or dissatisfaction with a statement, notion, or proceeding, or contemptuously dismissing it; (The Sc. toot, toots, expresses mild expostulation.)


red letter day* - a saint's day or church festival indicated in the calendar by red letters; hence, any memorable, fortunate, or specially happy day.

righting - reparation or redress of wrongs, injuries, etc.


what though_? - (somewhat arch.) what happens or would happen in view of the fact that, or on the supposition that_?

sow - the female of swine; an adult or full-grown female pig, esp. a domestic one used for breeding.

windowsill - the piece of wood- or stone-work forming the lower horizontal part of a window-opening.