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quail

Definition: (verb) To shrink back in fear; cower.
Synonyms:cringe, flinch, recoil, wince
Usage:The little boy quailed at the teacher's angry voice. Discuss. Play

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Distinguishing between Intensive and Reflexive Pronouns

Although intensive and reflexive pronouns are identical in appearance, there is a clear distinction between them. Reflexive pronouns are used when the subject of a sentence also receives the action of the sentence. When are intensive pronouns used? More... Discuss

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Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor was the queen consort of Louis VII of France and then of Henry II of England and mother of two kings of England, Richard I and John. She established a court at Poitiers noted for its cultivation of the concept of courtly love and later helped Richard secure the throne. When he was held captive in Europe, she forestalled John's plots against him and worked to collect ransom for his release. She later facilitated the brothers' reconciliation. Who was she rumored to have poisoned? More... Discuss

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Elvis Presley Gives Last Concert (1977)

Elvis Presley, now known to millions as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll," became a national sensation in 1956 and dominated the world of rock music until 1963. His most successful songs include "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," and "Don't Be Cruel." His success spawned a spate of B-movie appearances, but his popularity waned in the late 60s, and he developed a drug dependence and died in 1977 at age 42. What theories do some fans cite in their claims that Elvis did not really die in 1977? More... Discuss

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Lord Kelvin (1824)

Kelvin was a British mathematician and physicist known especially for his work in thermodynamics and electricity. He introduced the Kelvin temperature scale, helped develop the second law of thermodynamics and discover the Joule-Thomson effect in thermoelectricity, and was an important innovator and authority in the field of message transmission through submarine cables. He also invented the siphon recorder. Kelvin entered the University of Glasgow at what young age? More... Discuss

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The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) Discuss

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Which of the following adjuncts is a prepositional phrase?




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adj. Containing, discharging, or causing the production of pus
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Heidi Festival

The town of New Glarus, Wisconsin, has celebrated the annual Heidi Festival since the 1960s. Founded in 1845 by immigrants from the Swiss canton of Glaurus, the town of New Glarus, Wisconsin, continued to attract Swiss immigrants over the years. Today it celebrates its cultural heritage in its yearly Volksfest and Heidi Festival. The Heidi Festival revolves around four performances of Heidi, Johanna Spyri's well-known play about a young Swiss shepherdess. The festival also includes opportunities to enjoy Swiss music, food, and dancing. More... Discuss

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throw (one's) toys out of the pram

To behave in a petulantly upset or angry manner; to act like an angry child. Primarily heard in UK. More... Discuss