a pinch of powdered tobacco
a unit of Russian currency; 1 rouble = 100 kopek
Cheaply made food with a runny consistency made from oatmeal or cornmeal and water designed to be served efficiently to large masses of diners.
A short, thick club used as a weapon.
A funny remark containing an element of biting truth.
A novice taken in by a master craftsman who instructs him in how to do the job.
Secretly and with cunning; surreptitiously.
A show of respect and esteem.
A non-refrigerated area for storing food.
A square dance with choreography that requires a minimum of four couples.
Forgiveness of sins and salvation.
Reaping the rewards of the work of others without proportionate compensation for the labor required.
The evocation of genuine pity and sadness without lapsing into manipuative sentimentality.
A particuarly judgmental interrogative style.
A minor and seemingly insignificant detail--like a postage stamp--which has the potential to create disproportionately tragic consequences.