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lilliput

adjective: Tiny. noun: Someone or something very small.

Poplarism

noun: The policy of giving generous compensation, benefits, unemployment relief, etc.

Queenborough mayor

noun: A position involving pomp and show, but no real power or authority.

body blow

noun: A severe setback or disappointment.

roughhouse

verb tr.: To handle roughly, but in a playful manner; verb intr. To engage in boisterous play; noun: Boisterous play.

gold-digger

noun: One who forms a romantic relationship with a rich person for money.

journeyman

noun: A worker, athlete, performer, etc. who is competent and reliable, but undistinguished.

merchant prince

noun: A merchant or businessman with sufficient wealth to wield political power.

sialoquent

adjective: Spraying saliva when speaking.

perlage

noun: The assemblage of bubbles, in a glass of champagne, for example.

pensum

noun: A task given, especially as a punishment.

vandalize

verb tr.: To willfully damage another’s property.

dunce

noun: A person regarded as dim-witted or foolish.

turveydropian

adjective: Overly concerned with one’s appearance, demeanor, etc.

faustian

adjective: Surrendering one’s integrity for something, such as power, money, fame, etc.

fat cat

noun: A rich, privileged person, especially one who influences elections by making contributions to political campaigns.

canicular

adjective: Relating to the dog days.

dogged

adjective: Stubbornly determined or persistent.

caterwaul

verb intr.: 1. To make a shrill sound as if of a cat in heat or of cats quarreling. 2. To quarrel …