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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.

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