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List of Words and Phrases
 
ker-plunk, 96
ker-slam, 96
ker-splash, 96
ker-thump, 96
ketch, 106, 272, 316
ketchup, 224
kettle, 316
key, 54, 352
keyless-watch, 35, 116
khalifate, 249
khilifat, 249
kick, n., 362, v., 92, 362
kicker, 92
kick-in, 193
kick the bucket, vp., 93
kidding, 14
kiddo, 107
kike, 134, 333, 406
kill, n., 348
kilogram, 237, 238
kilogramme, 225
kilometre, 225
kimona, 199, 405
kind’a, 313
kindergarden, 318
kindergarten, 103, 120, 200
kindergartens, 251
kindness, 210
King’s Counsel, 125
kinky, 61
kissing-fiend, 194
kit, 274
kitchenette, 187
kitchen-fender, 164
kittle, 316
kitty, 128
kivver, 316
kjors, 414
klaxon, 195
kn, p., 329, 332
kneel, 274, 281
kneeled, 281
knelt, 274
knew, 274
knickebein, 26
knicker, 185
knickerbocker, 401
knife, v., 192
knob, 56, 353
knock, v., 192
knocked up, 152
knock into a cocked hat, vp., 93
knockout-drops, 384
know, 274
knowed, 274, 276, 277
know him like a book, vp., 93
know-nothing, 43, 160
know the ropes, vp., 93
kodak, 195
kodaker, 195
kodak-fiend, 195
komusta, 203
Kosher, 198, 319
kow-tow, v., 108
Kreisterite, 187
Kriss Kringle, 104
krone, 249
kruller, 39
kruxingiol, 202
kryptok, 196
kumfort, 247
kümmel, 104
kunschtabler, 398
L., 189
lab, 185
lab. monitor, 121
labor, 221, 242, 246
laboratory, 210, 212
Labor Day, 133
laborer, 114, 144
laborious, 227
labour, 221, 227, 242
labourer, 227
lacquey, 240
lacrimal, 225, 233
lachrymal, 233
ladies’ wear, 141
lady, 141, 147, 149
lady-clerk, 141
lady-champion, 141
Lady Day, 133
lady-doctor, 141
lady-golfer, 141
lady-inspector, 141
lady-secretary, 141
lady-typist, 141
laf, 246
Lafayette, 111
lager, 401
lager-beer, 103
lagniappe, 101, 202
la grippe, 249
laico, 409
laid, 274
lain, 274
lam, 246
lamb, 144
lame-duck, 32, 98, 124
lanai, 204
landlady, 211
land-office, 57
landslide, 57
land-slide, 98
lane, 358
large, 214
lariat, 101
lasso, n., 101, v., 101
last, 110
laste, 410
late, 305, 307
lately, 307
lather, 217
lauds, 130
laugh, n., 110, 111, 214
laugh in your sleeve, vp., 365
laundry, 111
lava, 217
lavandera, 203
law-abiding, 61
lay, v., 282
lay-readers, 130
lead, v., 274
leader, 114, 125
leaderette, 125
leader of the orchestra, 145
leading-article, 114, 125
leads, n., 116, 117
leag, 246
lean, 274
leap, v., 274
leaped, 106
leapt, 240
learn, 274, 282
learnt, 274
leatherette, 187
leatherneck, 370
leave, v., 282
leberwurst, 103
led, 274, 277
leery, 309
leg, 217
legal-holiday, 114, 133
Légion d’honneur, 249
Legion of Honor, 249
legislate, 60, 61
Leipzig, 249
lend, 274, 282
lengthy, 41, 49, 60, 61, 159
leniency, 62
lent, 274, 280, 282
leopard, 230, 232
lep, 106, 274, 280
leperd, 232
le’s, 245, 319
les, 318
let, 168, 282
let it slide, vp., 93
let on, vp., 39
le truc du bresilien, 334
letter-box, 115
letter-carrier, 26, 115, 118, 163
levee, 39, 101, 249
leveled, 226
liable, 310
liberty-cabbage, 199, 200
liberty, 318
libretti, 251
licensed-trade, 122
licensed-victualler, 122
lick, n., 352
lickety-split, 55
lie, v., 274, 282
lied, 215, 274
lieutenant, 212
life insurance policy, 126
lift, n., 114, 168, 171
lift-man, 114
lift up, vp., 193
light, v., 193, 274
lighted, 278
lighter, 115
lightning-bug, 56
lightning-rod, 41
light out, vp., 93, 193
like, 269
like greased lightning, 365
likely, 39, 41, 68, 310
lim, 246
limb, 149, 150
limehouse, 190
limited, n., 97, 144
limited liability company, 123
line, 97, 115, 116, 123
lineage-rates, 125
linen-draper, 26
links, 182
listerine, 195
lit, 278
liter, 222
literary, 210
literatus, 88
litre, 222
liturgy, 130
Little Mary, 148
littler, 309
littlest, 309
liv, 245
live-oak, 41, 56
live out, vp., 133
liver, a., 309
liverwurst, 103
livest, 194
livetta, 411
live-wire, 15
living, n., 130
living-room, 118
LL. D., 138
loaded, 100

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