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fracas - brawl(noisy quarrel or fight) in which a number of people take part; melee
detain - keep waiting; prevent from leaving or going; N. detention
bombast - grandiloquent, pompous speech
emaciated - thin and wasted (from hunger or illness)
schism - division into factions (esp. within a religious body); split
grill - question severely; cook on a grill; broil; N: cooking surface of parallel metal bars
harrowing - agonizing; distressing; traumatic; V. harrow: break up and level (soil) with a harrow; inflict great distress on; agonize; N: farming machine to break up the earth
overwhelm - (of water) cover completely; defeat completely by much greater force; Ex. overwhelmed by grief
incommodious - not spacious; inconvenient
canter - slow gallop; V. CF. trot