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Friday, February 24, 2017
Idiom of the Day: hell week

A week in which new recruits or pledges of an organization, especially a college fraternity or sorority, are subjected to a series of hazing rituals prior to initiation.

Read more: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/hell+week

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Friday, February 24, 2017
Word of The Day: buskin
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/buskin

Definition: (noun) A foot and leg covering reaching halfway to the knee, resembling a laced half boot.

Synonyms: half boot.

Usage: He wore pale yellow buskins that covered the scars just above his ankles.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Idiom of the Day: be shown the ropes

To be taught how to do or perform a job, task, or activity; to have explained or demonstrated how something is done.

Read more: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/be+shown+the+ropes

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Word of The Day: spelunker
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/spelunker

Definition: (noun) One who explores caves chiefly as a hobby; a caver.

Synonyms: potholer, speleologist.

Usage: The spelunkers were lost in the cave and worried that their minimal rations, two granola bars and a bag of salted peanuts, would not last long.

Discuss it at http://forum.thefreedictionary.com/postst162244_spelunker.aspx

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Idiom of the Day: rue the day (that something happened)

To curse or bitterly regret a point in time (in which something happened or one did something).

Read more: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/rue+the+day+(that+something+happened)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Word of the Day: excursive
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/excursive

Definition: (adjective) Of, given to, characterized by, or having the nature of digression.

Synonyms: rambling, digressive, discursive.

Usage: What started as a few excursive remarks soon turned into a long, rambling speech about this and that.

Discuss it at http://forum.thefreedictionary.com/postst162175_excursive.aspx

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Idiom of the Day: by hell or high water

By any means necessary; regardless of any difficulty, problem, or obstacle.

Read more: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/by+hell+or+high+water

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Word of The Day: haggard
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/haggard

Definition: (adjective) Showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering.

Synonyms: careworn, drawn, raddled, worn.

Usage: His face was ghastly pale; his chin had a brown cut on it—a cut half healed; his expression was haggard and drawn, as by intense suffering.

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Monday, February 20, 2017
Idiom of the Day: heavy-footed

Clumsy, ponderous, or lumbering in gait or tread.

Read more: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/heavy-footed

Monday, February 20, 2017
Word of The Day: turbid
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/turbid

Definition: (adjective) Having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended.

Synonyms: murky, cloudy, muddy.

Usage: It was now early spring, and the river was swollen and turbulent; great cakes of floating ice were swinging heavily to and fro in the turbid waters.

Discuss it at http://forum.thefreedictionary.com/postst162022_turbid.aspx
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