Some Like it Hot Glossary

Some Like it Hot Glossary

speakeasy

A secret meeting place to buy liquor during the time in which Prohibition outlawed the sale of alcohol.

conservatory

A school for learning how to play musical instruments.

flask

A portable container for secretly hiding liquor.

tranvestite

A person who dresses in clothing of the opposite sex so to disguise their gender.

embalm

To preserve a corpse in order to retard the rate of decomposition.

syncopation

The accent or stress of a rhythm.

cahoots

A conspiracy; secretly working together toward a common goal.

contortionist

Someone who can bend their body into abnormal positions.

shyster

A crooked lawyer.

scram

An urgent and short-tempered admonition to someone else to get lost.

yacht

A large and expensive privately owned boat used for pleasure cruises.

jazz

Musical genre created in America characterized by extensive use of horn sections and improvisational playing.

The Four-Hundred

Term for the highest level of the social elite in New York City.

Prohibition

Constitutional amendment outlawing the sale of alcohol in the 1920s.

virtuoso

Prodigy; genius; extremely advanced and unusually prodigious skill at doing something, usually conveying a sense of the artistic.

annul

To Cancel, terminate or invalidate.

proposal

A request or tendered offer; usually within the context of a suggestion to get married, but not exclusively.

beau

Old-fashioned term for a romantic admirer; boyfriend.

vulcanize

To rubberize something by treating it at high temperature.

Pretense

Falsehood; subterfuge.

unperturbed

Remarkably untroubled in the face of conventionally troubled situations.

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