The Big Sleep Vocabulary List

audubon

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"How about a Chevalier Audubon 1840--the full set, of course?"

bermuda

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A yacht, a place on Long Island, a place at Newport, a place at Bermuda, places dotted here and there all ever the world probably--just a good Scotch bottle apart.

blondish

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He was a medium-sized blondish man with stiff white eyebrows, calm eyes and well-kept teeth.

blotto

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"Is my boy friend still blotto?"

buick

(vocab lists with buick)
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I ought to throw a Buick at you."

burry

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"No gun," he said in a burry voice.

cadillac

(vocab lists with cadillac)
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"We went over to a big Cadillac and the man in the smock pulled the rear door open.

canadian

(vocab lists with canadian)
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I'll bet a dollar to a Canadian dime that the General's afraid his son-in-law, the ex-bootlegger, is mixed up in this somewhere, and what he really hoped you would find out is that he isn't.

dummying

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All I want is to find out is she dummying up on you, kid.

eggheaded

(vocab lists with eggheaded)
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The blonde yelped: "You're crazy, you goddam eggheaded--!"

fattish

(vocab lists with fattish)
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Medium height, fattish.

filipino

(vocab lists with filipino)
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she said.I said harshly: "Cute as a Filipino on Saturday night.

fireplug

(vocab lists with fireplug)
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I went back to the boulevard and along the block next to Geiger's and found a taxi standing at a fireplug.

fizzwater

(vocab lists with fizzwater)
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I went out to the kitchenette and got out some Scotch and fizzwater and mixed a couple of highballs.

foxiness

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Their glances contained almost the exact same blend of foxiness, doubt and frustrated anger.

gonged

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A big red interurban car grumbled past A traffic light gonged.

grift

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Got a grift, brother--or just amusing yourself?"

grifter

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"Just average, for a grifter.

heister

(vocab lists with heister)
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A guy like that wouldn't be white meat to a heister.

highpockets

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Get busy and spin that wheel, highpockets.

hotcha

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It seems he run Sternwood's hotcha daughter, the young one, off to Yuma.

irishman

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A big curly-headed Irishman from Clonmel, with sad eyes and a smile as wide as Wilshire Boulevard.

jewess

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She had the fine-drawn face of an intelligent Jewess.

jimmied

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The kitchen window had been jimmied.

kittenishly

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She rolled her head a little, kittenishly.

lammed

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She slammed her glass down so hard that it slopped over on an ivory cushion.

luger

(vocab lists with luger)
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His arm flashed under his coat and a black Luger appeared in his hand.

pekinese

(vocab lists with pekinese)
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You look like a Pekinese."

plateholder

(vocab lists with plateholder)
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The camera was there all right, set inside it, but there was no plateholder in the camera.

rathole

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I lit the cigarette and blew a lungful at him and he sniffed at it like a terrier at a rathole.

rewrapped

(vocab lists with rewrapped)
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I rewrapped the book and locked it up behind the seat.

rubberneck

(vocab lists with rubberneck)
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The uniformed man pointed up at the rubbernecks on the end of the pier.

ruttishness

(vocab lists with ruttishness)
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I looked her over without either embarrassment or ruttishness.

saturn

(vocab lists with saturn)
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Their accounts of the affair came as close to the truth as newspaper stories usually come--as close as Mars is to Saturn.

scrubwoman

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Twenty minutes later I was airing the scrubwoman's Soiree d' Amour out of my office and opening up a thick, rough envelope addressed in a fine, old-fashioned, pointed handwriting.

sevres

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There was a bartop radio in the corner and a Sevres china tea set on a copper tray beside a samovar.

sheenless

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There was a smell of cold sea.Eddie Mars' dark sheenless desk didn't belong in the room, but neither did anything made after 1900.

sickish

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The room contained an odd assortment of odors, of which the most emphatic at the moment seemed to be the pungent aftermath of cordite and the sickish aroma of ether.

snicked

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I snicked a match on my thumbnail and for once it lit.

spillikin

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The game I play is not spillikins.

squibbed

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You made a crack when you were up there that night--the night Joe got squibbed off.

stiffish

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I looked at the slips of stiffish white paper.

suborner

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I think he's a pornographer, a blackmailer, a hot car broker, a killer by remote control, and a suborner of crooked cops.

thumbless

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One of her small five-fingered thumbless hands picked at the cover restlessly.

torcher

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""What did the girl do before she married Eddie Mars?""Torcher.

unstrap

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I tucked my chin down in my collar and started towards it, then went back to unstrap the license holder from the steering post and put it in my pocket.

victorian

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If I sound a little sinister as a parent, Mr. Marlowe, it is because my hold on life is too slight to include any Victorian hypocrisy."

whiffed

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The trouble is he wasn't alone when you whiffed him.

wisped

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Smoke wisped from the blackened bowl of a briar that hung on his eye tooth.

yippee

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I was going to yell "Yippee!"