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sidetrack - switch (a railroad car) to a siding; divert from a main issue; N. CF. siding: short section of railroad track connected by switches with a main track
slipshod - slovenly; careless; sloppy; untidy; shabby; Ex. slipshod work
entomology - study of insects
lumen - unit of light energy (one candle's worth)
shambles - (place or scene of) complete disorder or ruin; wreck; mess; Ex. After the hurricane, the coast was a shambles.
deadlock - standstill resulting from the opposition of two unrelenting forces; stalemate
nominal - in name only; of a name; trifling; (of a sum of money) very small; CF. nominate: propose as a candidate; appoint
plagiarize - steal another's ideas or writings and pass them off as one's own; Ex. ideas plagiarized from my article; N. plagiarism; CF. kidnap
draconian - extremely severe; Ex. draconian punishment; CF. Draco: Athenian politician
apprehensive - fearful; discerning