Basic Training Vocabulary List

angeles

(vocab lists with angeles)
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"Dallas, Scranton, Los Angeles -- somewhere."

angriest

(vocab lists with angriest)
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Haley ran his tongue-tip over the gold caps of two of his back teeth, and tried, at the same time, to imagine the General at his angriest.

asinine

(vocab lists with asinine)
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Because you helped her run away with that crude, asinine chimpanzee, she is in for nothing but grief.

barberry

(vocab lists with barberry)
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Haley heard a rustling in the untended barberry hedge bounding the driveway.

beanpole

(vocab lists with beanpole)
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"This beanpole could be a crook just like I could be the Queen of England."

bedsheet

(vocab lists with bedsheet)
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Pinned to his bedsheet was a typewritten note, signed by Annie.

catapulting

(vocab lists with catapulting)
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Mr. Banghart smashed his hard, massive fist into the youth's insolent face, catapulting him over the bench and on to the floor.

chortle

(vocab lists with chortle)
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he would chortle at mealtimes.

corncrib

(vocab lists with corncrib)
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She had laughed the matter off, and repeated what he had heard from others on the farm, that Mr. Banghart was no more dangerous than the mice in the corncrib.

darnedest

(vocab lists with darnedest)
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The darnedest thing happened this morning.

discomfiting

(vocab lists with discomfiting)
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With discomfiting insight, he recognized that any attention she might have shown him was probably a subtle defiance of her father.

dispiritedly

(vocab lists with dispiritedly)
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Haley sat on the rear corner of the wagon, kicking dispiritedly at the fragile white heads of milkweeds lining the lane.

erector

(vocab lists with erector)
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I could build a better man with an Erector Set."

flapjack

(vocab lists with flapjack)
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The General gave no sign, devoting his full attention to the flapjacks Annie had placed before him.

flounced

(vocab lists with flounced)
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Kitty flounced and pined about the house, but without conviction.

golly

(vocab lists with golly)
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"Golly," she said, "I can imagine what you've been through.

grainland

(vocab lists with grainland)
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Haley watched through the back window as the car pulled away, and the silos and red roofs of Ardennes Farm slowly lost their identities in the buff horizon of grainland.

hampshire

(vocab lists with hampshire)
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As the time for Hope's incarceration in the New Hampshire highlands drew near, she abandoned her stoicism to plead with the General to relent.

heartlessly

(vocab lists with heartlessly)
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She giggled derisively, heartlessly, lovelessly.

jovially

(vocab lists with jovially)
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The General chuckled jovially.

kraut

(vocab lists with kraut)
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From the room behind the pulpit came a clinking of heavy bowls and the dense smell of boiling kraut.

lamed

(vocab lists with lamed)
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Haley shook his head wearily, and sat down on the ground, panting, wishing to Heaven that the nightmare of heat, creeping time, and lamed muscles would end.

lovelessly

(vocab lists with lovelessly)
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She giggled derisively, heartlessly, lovelessly.

milkshake

(vocab lists with milkshake)
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His red hair, his freckled moon-face and childish blue eyes were familiar enough, but his bearing and thin mustache seemed as out of keeping with these as an olive in the bottom of a milkshake.

mooning

(vocab lists with mooning)
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"Mooning and malingering will get you nowhere around here, do you understand?

napped

(vocab lists with napped)
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Hope dropped from the wagon, ran to the head of the frantic team, and unsnapped the reins from the bridles.

nightstick

(vocab lists with nightstick)
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He tapped Mr. Banghart's shoulder lightly with his nightstick.

pomaded

(vocab lists with pomaded)
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His face was shaved and scrubbed to the luster of wax apples, and his heavily pomaded hair resembled a patent-leather helmet as he crossed the room to a chair next to the range.

pooped

(vocab lists with pooped)
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Breaking up your rhythm with rest periods all the time, no wonder you're pooped.

querulousness

(vocab lists with querulousness)
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Haley suddenly hated himself for his querulousness.

reenlist

(vocab lists with reenlist)
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"He'd reenlist as a private first," said a second voice, with a gentle twang, pitched somewhat lower than the first.

ruckus

(vocab lists with ruckus)
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V. "Quite a ruckus last night, eh?"

scuffing

(vocab lists with scuffing)
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From overhead came a muffled scuffing, Kitty and Hope moving about their rooms, tidying them up.

scuffled

(vocab lists with scuffled)
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"Don't care, don't care, don't care," she chanted, as they scuffled nearer and nearer to Haley.

shirtfront

(vocab lists with shirtfront)
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Haley felt himself seized by his gathered shirtfront and twisted to face Mr. Banghart.

shooed

(vocab lists with shooed)
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She arose, and shooed them from the room.

solicitously

(vocab lists with solicitously)
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asked Mr. Banghart solicitously.

splintery

(vocab lists with splintery)
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He wriggled into the passageway, and made his way to the corridor in a few seconds, emerging breathless and badly scratched by the splintery floor.

strangler

(vocab lists with strangler)
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"Come on, strangler, can you walk to the station house?"

sunroom

(vocab lists with sunroom)
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She's in the sunroom."

suppertime

(vocab lists with suppertime)
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"You can ask him when you meet him at suppertime.

swabbing

(vocab lists with swabbing)
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He was wearing an oily undershirt and khaki trousers, and was swabbing the cavernous bore of a single-barreled duck gun.

swiss

(vocab lists with swiss)
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"If he does show up, he'll look like a piece of Swiss cheese before he gets within 500 yards of the front door," said Annie, unimpressed.

switchman

(vocab lists with switchman)
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"A switchman in town said he thought he saw someone drop off a slow freight on its way through."

unsnapped

(vocab lists with unsnapped)
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Hope dropped from the wagon, ran to the head of the frantic team, and unsnapped the reins from the bridles.

unstuck

(vocab lists with unstuck)
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"Haley's window wouldn't open, and he asked me to help him get it unstuck," said Hope.

untended

(vocab lists with untended)
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Haley heard a rustling in the untended barberry hedge bounding the driveway.

wagonload

(vocab lists with wagonload)
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He, Hope, and Mr. Banghart, meeting a quota set by the General, were stacking the last wagonload in the barn.

wolfed

(vocab lists with wolfed)
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He wolfed his food, excused himself, and lay down on the sunroom couch.

woodenly

(vocab lists with woodenly)
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Roy received the embrace woodenly.