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List of Words and Phrases
 
appendices, 251
appendicitis, 218
appendixes, 251
apple-butter, 57
apple-jack, 100
apple-pie, 26
apple-sass, 316
appreciate, 59
approbate, 68
ar, 245
arbor, 221
Arbor Day, 133
arboreal, 227
arbour, 221, 227
architect, 245
arco, 196
ardor, 233
ardour, 227
aren’t, 180, 181, 289
are you there?, 118
arkade, 247
armistice, 209
armoir, 202
armor, 221
armory, 227
armour, 221, 227
arroyo, 202
arse, 154
ary, suf., 210
as, 302
as drunk as a Pole, 334
ask, 110
ash-can, 57, 113, 117
ash-cart, 113
ash-man, 113, 117
ask, 70
asphalt, 222, 236, 237
asphalte, 222, 237, 240
ass, 154
as scarce as hen’s teeth, 365
assistant-master, 121
assistant-treasurer, 145
associate-editor, a., 145
associational, 39
assurance policy, 126
ast, 317
a tall, 313
ataxia, 223
ataxy, 223
ate, suf., 91
ate, 273
athaletic, 318
attaboy, 365
attaché, 250
attack, v., 272
attackted, 272, 281
au, p., 329
aunt, 70, 110, 111, 214, 216, 217
auschieppe, 411
author, v., 192
auto, n., 127, 184, 188, 405; auto, v., 127, 185, 194
auto-car, 195
automobile, 420
autumn, 10, 67
avenue, 358
away, 165
awful, 306, 362
a. w. o. l., v., 189, 370, 194
aw re-vore, 320
awry-eyed, 100
ax, 222, 232, 236
axe, 222, 236, 240, 241
baby-carriage, 164
baby’s-class, 120
bacardi, 196
baccalaurate, 144
bach, suf., 328
bach, v., 185
bachelor, 227
bacillis, 252
back and fill, vp., 93, 384
back and forth, 39
back-country, 57
back-log, 57
back-number, 95, 163
back pedal, vp., 175
back-settlements, 57
back-settlers, 57
back-talk, 10, 95
back-taxes, 95
back water, vp., 93
backwoods, a., 59; backwoods, n., 57, 59
backwoodsman, 50, 57, 59, 160
back-yard, 113, 127, 163, 164
bad, 306
baddest, 309
bag, 152
baggage, 26, 40, 43, 113
baggage-car, 113
baggage-check, 97, 134
baggage-master, 97
baggage-room, 97
baggage-smasher, 97, 191
bagman, 114
bailiff, 234
Bakerloo, 129
balance, n., 61
balk, n., 236; balk, v., 222
ballast, 113
balled-up, 176
ballot, n., 124
ballot-box stuffer, 124
ball up, vp., 176n, 193
ballyhoo, 107
ballyhoo-man, 107
balm, 70, 111, 215
balopticon, 196
bandits, 251
banditti, 251
band-wagon, 15
bang-up, 193
banjo, 54, 420
bank-account, 123
bank-bill, 39
bank-holiday, 114, 132
banking-account, 123
bank-note, 39
bankrup, 318
banner-state, 98
bant, 184
barb, v., 185
barbecue, 50, 54
barber-shop, 113, 144
barber’s-shop, 113, 114
bargain, v., 170
bargaine, 401
baritone, 223, 225, 237
bark, n., 223, 237, 247
barkeep, n., 184; barkeep, v., 185
barkeeper, 401
bark up the wrong tree, pp., 41, 93
barly, 246
barmaid, 122
barman, 122
barn, 62
barometer, 196
barque, 223, 237
barra, 409
barrel, 190
barrel-house, 100
barrens, 56, 352
barrister, 125
barritenne, 411
bar-room, 401
bartender, 14, 100, 122, 411
barytone, 223, 237
baseball, 414, 420
basket, 70
bas-relief, 217
bat, n., 100
bath, 70, 113
bathe, 168
bath-robe, 113
bath-tub, 113
batl, 244
batteau, 53, 58, 101, 128
batting-average, 128
battle, 244
batty, 191
baulk, v., 222, 319
baulky, 225
bay, 64
bayberry, 64
bayou, 39, 101, 352
bay-window, 67, 163, 414
be, 272
bean, v., 272
beanery, 187
beat, v., 272
beaten, 272
beastly, 24
beat, 193
beat it, v., 193
beat up (or out), vp., 193
beau, 251
beaupré, 52
beaut, 184, 365
beautiful, 309
beautifuller, 309
beautifulest, 309
became, 272
become, 272
beef, n., 67; beef, v., 384
bee-line, 57
been, 212, 218
beer, 420
beet, 113, 118
beet-root, 113, 118
began, 272, 278
begin, 272, 278
begob, 105
begorry, 105
begun, 272, 278
behavior, 221
behaviour, 221, 227
behoove, 224, 241, 254
behove, 224, 240, 254
bellans, 196
beinkel, 406
bejabers, 154
be left at the post, vp., 93
Belgian hare, 64
belgiumize, 191
belittle, 41, 59, 161
bell-hop, 95-96
belly-robber, 369
ben, v., 272, 288
bend, v., 272
benefice, 130
bent, 272
bent, v., 280
bés-baal, 414
besbol, 404
beseid, 398
beside, 182
best of the bunch, 363
bet, v., 272

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