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Swill. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swill swill noun. food for animals (such as pigs) made from scraps of food and water food or drink that is very bad or unappealing eg. What is this swill?! I'm not drinking that!


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It is often called: dirty money: Profit from the sale of narcotics, prostitution, guns, or other illegal activities. Money that needs to be laundered. money obtained illegally. Source:http://www.thefreedictionary.com


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From dictionary.com... ill-gotten gains Benefits obtained in an evil manner or by dishonest means, as in They duped their senile uncle into leaving them a fortune and are now enjoying their ill-gotten gains . [Mid-1800s] I think one reasonably consistent distinction between this and @Josh61's suggestion is... dirty money was usually already ...


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Polyglot: person having a speaking, reading, or writing knowledge of several languages. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/polyglot


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Circumlocution And by proxy: roundabout speech, circumduction, circumvolution, periphrasis, or ambage Roundabout speech refers to using many words (such as "a tool used for cutting things such as paper and hair") to describe something for which a concise (and commonly known) expression exists source: wikipedia


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I believe gnaw is the word you're looking for. a : to bite or chew on with the teeth; especially : to wear away by persistent biting or nibbling b : to make by gnawing <rats gnawed a hole>


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If you want it in that form, try "I set a campfire alight". "I lit a campfire" would be more usual, but typically encompasses the entire cultural act (collecting wood, finding a suitable place, tending the fire until it is established, that it is somehow "your" fire, and so on) rather than just the act of setting alight. So, for example: "After a long day ...


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I would simply go with the word ornament. Decorative and serving no real purpose otherwise.


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A classic cliche for describing money "earned" in this manner is filthy lucre or just lucre: filthy lucre Money; money or other material goods acquired through unethical or dishonorable means, dirty money. (See The Free Dictionary's entry under money.) Lucre itself has taken on the shameful meaning imparted to it originally by the adjective filthy: ...


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It's a... no-win situation ...often summed up by saying you're... damned if you do, and [you're] damned if you don't Sometimes it's appropriate to call it a... Catch-22 [situation] ...where it's inherent in the context that you're required to simultaneously observe two or more mutually contradictory constraints. Particularly when successive ...


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I'd typically call such a drink a a weird concoction. Per Merriam-Webster (via Google Definition): concoction: a mixture of various ingredients or elements. synonyms: *mixture, brew, preparation, potion *


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Multilingual: A multilingual person, in a broad definition, is one who can communicate in more than one language, be it actively (through speaking, writing, or signing) or passively (through listening, reading, or perceiving). More specifically, the terms bilingual and trilingual are used to describe comparable situations in which two or three languages ...


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Paper rots or mildews if it gets damp, it yellows with age, and perhaps it crumbles.


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Calligrapher 1: a professional copyist or engrosser 2: one who practices the art of calligraphy Merriam-Webster


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One word that I feel is particularly associated with age-related deterioration of paper-based products is... moulder (US molder) - slowly decay or disintegrate, especially because of neglect. OxfordDctionaries example usage: 'the smell of mouldering books' Plus several examples from Google Books of "mouldered books"


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I think "lost cause" fits your description the best. PS. I just reread the examples of your description and I think you should use "no way out" in those situations.


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"Paramount" might be the word you're looking for. E.g. The paramount thing to do is go back to your family and tell several of them what has happened. According to context, you can also do pretty well with the colloquial "number one:" I thought the number one thing to do is to not join. That way they can't have access to all your personal info ...


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Consider ornament, which principally means: (n) a thing used to make something look more attractive but usually having no practical purpose From: New Oxford American Dictionary An object that's aesthetically pleasing and completely useless can be described as ornamental.


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Starting a chapter with a quote is known as an Epigraph So sayeth Wikipedia: In literature, an epigraph is a phrase, quotation, or poem that is set at the beginning of a document or component. And Google Define: epigraph ˈɛpɪɡrɑːf/ noun an inscription on a building, statue, or coin. a short quotation or saying at the beginning of a ...


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I think deteriorate may be an appropriate verb to use: (intr) to wear away or disintegrate Maps deterioration Preserving maps and plans - Preservation and storage - Deterioration of materials over time is inevitable, but we can control how fast it happens. Some materials are susceptible to deterioration because of their composition and ...


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In addition to loot and booty, which are limited, and dirty money, which is quite general, I would offer up the more specific blood money. Loot and booty are more specifically for theft or ransacking of a national treasure, such as a tomb filled with gold. Dirty money is quite general and can be used for any illegally or unethically acquired gain. Blood ...


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The ultimate font of all these words, including both English rodent and Portuguese roer, is the classical Latin (and also modern Italian) verb rodere/rodo, which in English means “to gnaw or corrode”. To elaborate somewhat upon the most simple and direct answer, let’s look at what a couple thousand years of hungry rodents gnawing away at our languages have ...


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Perhaps dilettante or dilettantish conveys what you describe. According to Merriam-Webster Online dictionary: a person whose interest in an art or in an area of knowledge is not very deep or serious. Plural: dil·et·tantes or dil·et·tan·ti


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I've seen superluminal and subluminal. Sometimes sub-lightspeed


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If you get hurt, the primary thing to do is to stay calm. Also foremost or paramount.


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As Black's Law Dictionary (1968) points out, pro bono is short for "pro bono publico": PRO BONO PUBLICO. For the public good; for the welfare of the whole. The underlying notion is that the task or decision is undertaken or made in order to serve the society or the nation as a whole. That being the case, you might argue that a counterpoint in the law ...


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I believe that in this case it means the person who wrote the letter does not know the proper usage of ibid.. The proper usage of ibid. is in a bibliography or footnote to refer to the previous citation. From the context, I would assume that the writer of the letter mentions the interview in a prior sentence, and now is trying to recall the same ...


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How about crucial: "Extremely significant or important: a crucial problem; vital to the resolution of a crisis; decisive." critical: Indispensable; essential. essential: Basic or indispensable; necessary vital: necessary to the continuation of life; life-sustaining: It was critical that he stop them for if he did not the battle was sure to be lost.


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foremost would fit. adv. So as to be most important. adj., adv. first in place, rank, importance, etc There is the phrase "first and foremost" also, that emphasizes this: first to be dealt with and most important. First and foremost, I think you should work harder on your biology. Have this in mind first and foremost: Keep smiling! ...



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