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quaff

Definition: (verb) To swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught.
Synonyms:gulp, swig
Usage:Recently returned to port, the sailors quaffed their ale with gusto. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson

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Expressing Equality Using "As … As"

One way of expressing similarities, differences, or changes with comparative adverbs is by using the structure "as … as." What construction do we use to describe two things as equal? More... Discuss

Article of the Day

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The Concord Prison Experiment

This experiment investigated whether psychotherapy combined with the psychoactive drug psilocybin, derived from hallucinogenic mushrooms, could help rehabilitate imprisoned criminals and keep them from recidivating upon regaining their freedom. A team of Harvard University researchers, led by experimental psychologist Timothy Leary, conducted the experiment from 1961 to 1963 at Massachusetts's Concord State Prison, a maximum security prison for young offenders. What were the initial results? More... Discuss

This Day in History

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The King's Cross Fire (1987)

Toward the end of the evening rush hour on November 18, 1987, a fire broke out beneath an escalator at King's Cross station in central London. The busy train station was still crowded with commuters, and while many escaped the resulting blaze, 31 fell victim. More than 60 others suffered injuries ranging from smoke inhalation to severe burns. It is believed that a discarded match likely sparked the conflagration. For how many years did the identity of one of the fire's victims remain a mystery? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday

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Wilma Pearl Mankiller (1945)

Mankiller was the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, serving from 1985 to 1995. Her family lived on Cherokee lands in Oklahoma before moving to San Francisco under the Bureau of Indian Affairs' relocation policy. Mankiller became involved in Native American issues there and returned to Oklahoma in 1977. She ascended the ranks of the male-dominated Cherokee society and improved relations between the Cherokees and the federal government. What health issues did she overcome during her life? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

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Revenge may be wicked, but it's natural.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Discuss

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What is the direct object of the factitive verb in the following sentence?
“Americans elected Abraham Lincoln president in the year 1860.”




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n. A tank, bowl, or other water-filled enclosure in which living fish or other aquatic animals and plants are kept
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pilothouse
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Today's Holiday

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Latvia Independence Day

Independence Day marks Latvia's declaration of independence from German and Russian occupation on November 18, 1918. The country remained independent until World War II, when it was absorbed by the Soviet Union. Like the other Baltic republics, Latvia proclaimed its independence from Soviet Russia in 1991, on August 21. More... Discuss

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Idiom of the Day

not get anywhere

To make no progress at all; to be stuck or at an impasse. More... Discuss