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::: colander - utensil with perforated bottom used for straining
::: erode - eat away; wear away gradually by abrasion; Ex. The sea erodes the rocks.
::: shambles - (place or scene of) complete disorder or ruin; wreck; mess; Ex. After the hurricane, the coast was a shambles.
::: abusive - coarsely insulting; physically harmful
::: clich - \'e phrase dulled in meaning by repetition; platitude; ADJ. clich\'ed
::: draught - current of air (through a room or to a fire); act of pulling roads; act of swallowing liquid or amount of liquid swallowed at a time
::: sever - separate; cut off (a part) from a whole; break up (a relationship); N. severance; CF. severance pay: extra pay given an employee upon leaving a position
::: homily - sermon; tedious moralizing lecture; serious warning; ADJ. homiletic
::: marvel - To become filled with wonder or astonishment; N. One that evokes surprise, admiration, or wonder.
::: precedent - preceding (in time, rank, etc.)