bird's eye view - a wide panoramic view
fudge - The butter/milk/sugar combination with some sort of flavoring - maple, chocolate, etc.
narcissist - an arrogant and self-serving person
entourage - a supporting cast of people
resistant - not fully in agreement
Manhattan - Think "New York City" and you're thinking "Manhattan" - the place where all the skyscrapers are.
cocktail - An alcoholic drink. Slightly over-formal - nowadays, you'd call it "a drink" and if necessary give choices.
Lost Years, the - Reference to a period when no progress was made. At best.
corkscrew - A this-way-that-way course of action that sometimes works out.
corkscrew - A twisty-turnee pointed device to open corked wine bottles
Welsh rabbit - Melted/flavored Cheddar cheese sauce over toast. Also known as "Welsh rarebit."
define - to tell the meaning of a word or phrase.
Zyzzyx - A bright yellow sand wasp.
valet - to park cars for clients
verklempt - to get teary-eyed
Big Ben - Informal but universal name for the Clock Tower of the Houses of Parliament, London.
mic - Pronounced "mike" and means "microphone"
Ste. Jeanne d'Arc - One of France's patron saints.
St. Denis - One of France's patron saints.
to catch a cold - To get sick or get a cold.
bad hair day - One of those days when nothing seems to go right. (Nothing to do with hair, specifically. Probably temporal allusion: "Even early in the morning, when I tried to comb my hair, it fought back.")
infliction - The action of influencing, inducing, or seducing something or someone to respond
venomous - Poisonous metaphorically; loathsome.
verge - Edge/border/close approach - literally or metaphorically.
Channel Islands - A small group of small islands in the English Channel so close to France that you'd assume they're French - but they're English.
toil and strife - Cockney rhyming slang for "wife"
ottoman - a stool to rest your feet on
scaffold - The raised structure from which the condemned are hanged, beheaded, disemboweled, broken on the wheel, etc.
Dupuytren's contracture - hand syndrome
due date - The last day when something is perfectly valid.