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Written by Timothy Sexton
Scatterbrained; flighty; giddy and absent-minded.
Being found not guilty of criminal charges; exonerated of wrongdoing.
Sterile and empty; bleak. Incapable of bearing children.
An outburst of bad temper; thrown into a fitful state; a hissy fit.
Decaying and falling apart due to long-term neglect or abandonment.
Long narrow hollowed-out channel running along a surface.
Having the determination to follow through with a plan or idea that others might consider pointless.
Twisting and turning to make a line from one point to a distant point.
Easily agitated and touchy.
Mindless and endless chatter from a talkative person who has very little interesting things to say.
A small, crudely constructed dwelling.
Jumpy and nervous; anxious in the face of a situation one would rather avoid altogether.
The small window found above some doors which can be opened slightly at an angle.
To conduct a quick and unplanned search or the stuff which is being searched through.
A summons to appear in court.
A formal accusation of criminal charges made by a grand jury which results in criminal proceedings within the judicial system.
With meticulous attention and careful application.
To allow a laugh to barely escape before being guiltily stifled.
Disgraceful to the point of being impossible to morally tolerate.
A state of anarchy; a situation spiraling out of control.
Someone intent on stirring up discontent, usually as the result of having been oppressed.
Someone who spends years learning a specific trade from a master of that trade.
To accept or overlook actions undertaken by others, often conveying the sense of allowing illegal or immoral activity to take place and thus suggesting complicity on the part of those condoning such activity even if they do not take part.
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Hiram's life is well ordered and happy after he moves to his grandparent's home. He spends a lot of time with is grandfather, and he makes new friends. The main words we might use to describe his life at this point would to say it is a life of...
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