Lost in Yonkers Glossary

Lost in Yonkers Glossary

Yonkers

An industrial city in southeastern New York, on the Hudson River, north of the Bronx in New York City

bluffing

try to deceive someone

rally

a mass meeting of people showing support for a cause

pulling your leg

You must be joking

usher

to show or guide someone

handicap

act as an impediment to

illiterate

unable to read or write

dumbstruck

Awed and astonished to the point of speechlessness.

formidable

Tough to be beat; stern and imposing.

heartrending

Capable of causing intense emotional distress exhibited both physically and mentally.

wrenching

A sudden and unanticipated painful twisting of either a physical object or one's emotional state.

mesmerized

Under a sedated and suggestible state similar to hypnosis.

satchel

A messenger bag with a shoulder strap and a flap that closes with a clasp.

stoic

A philosophy of accepting things that come one's way without either feeling or displaying extremity of emotions.

moxie

Possessing the quality of spunkiness; fearless and spirited.

congenial

Friendly and approachable.

impervious

Immune; invulnerable; rigid.

absentminded

Forgetful; afflicted with short term memory loss.

obligation

A financial debt owed by one person to another.

hock

To pawn a possession for quick money.

buxom

Full-breasted; voluptuous.

loanshark

A shady underworld character willing to loan money at illegal and outrageous interest with the understanding that non-payment will result in physical harm to the borrower.

henchman

The muscle hired by gangsters high enough up the ladder that they don't want to do the dirty work of hurting people.

dialect

A form of speaking a common language that is specific to an ethnicity, region or group.

James Cagney movie

James Cagney is an Oscar-winning actor whose career stretches from the 1930s to the 1980s, but who is most often identified with a series of gritty movies in which he played a tough gangster.

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