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amplifier 1 a person or thing that amplifies 2 Electronics a device, especially one with electron tubes or semiconductors, used to increase the strength of an electric signal.

booze-hound [Slang] a drunk.

buckskin a yellowish-gray horse.

chessy cat [Slang] Cheshire cat, a proverbial grinning cat from Cheshire, England, especially one described in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

conformity the condition or fact of being in harmony or agreement; correspondence; congruity; similarity.

contemptuously in a manner full of contempt; scornfully; disdainfully.

the cooler [Slang] jail.

corn-poney [Slang] unsophisticated, cornball.

Corvair a Chevrolet automobile model.

cur a dog of mixed breed; mongrel.

doggedly not giving in readily; persistent; stubborn.

elude to avoid or escape from by quickness, cunning, and so on; evade.

exploit an act remarkable for brilliance or daring; bold deed.

the fuzz [Slang] a policeman or the police.

gallant 1 showy and lively in dress or manner 2 stately; imposing 3 brave and noble; high-spirited and daring.

groggy shaky or dizzy, as from a blow; sluggish or dull, as from lack of sleep.

guardian 1 a person who guards, protects, or takes care of another person, property, and so on; custodian 2 a person legally placed in charge of the affairs of a minor or of a person of unsound mind.

Hank Williams (born Hiram Williams) (1923-53) U.S. country music singer and composer.

heater [Slang] a pistol.

indignant feeling or expressing anger or scorn, especially at unjust, mean, or ungrateful action or treatment.

JD short for juvenile delinquent.

madras a fine, firm cotton cloth, usually striped or plaid, used for shirts, dresses, and so on.

ornery 1 having an ugly or mean disposition 2 obstinate.

Paul Newman (b. 1925) popular actor known for his good looks and blue eyes.

peroxide hydrogen peroxide, a liquid used to bleach hair.

Perry Mason a television drama from the l960s that featured a lawyer by the same name.

pickled [Slang] intoxicated; drunk.

premonition 1 a warning in advance; a forewarning 2 a feeling that something, especially something bad, will happen; foreboding; presentiment.

quarter short for "quarter horse," any of a breed of light, muscular horse of a solid, usually dark color: because of its quick reactions, it is much used in Western range work and in rodeos.

Robert Frost (1874-1963) U.S. poet.

savvy [Slang] to understand; get the idea.

snooker a variety of the game of pool played with fifteen red balls and six other balls.

soused [Slang] intoxicated.

stupor a state in which the mind and senses are dulled; partial or complete loss of sensibility, as from the use of a narcotic or from shock.

T-bird [Slang] a Ford Thunderbird.

weed [Informal] a cigar or cigarette.

Will Rogers (born William Penn Adair Rogers) (1879-1935) U.S. humorist and actor.

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