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1. the district within which a bailiff has jurisdiction.
2. a person's area of skill, knowledge, authority, or work: to confine suggestions to one's own ~.
bailiwick
1. senseless, stupid, or exaggerated talk or writing; nonsense.
2. Obsolete. a muddled mixture of liquors.
balderdash
–noun
1. a mode of punishment consisting of blows with a stick on the soles of the feet or on the buttocks.
2. a blow or a beating with a stick, cudgel, etc.
3. a stick or cudgel.
–verb (used with object)
4. to beat with a stick, cane, etc., esp. on the soles of the feet or on the buttocks.
bastinado
–noun
1. a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace; anticlimax.
2. insincere pathos; sentimentality; mawkishness.
3. triteness or triviality in style.
bathos
–verb (used with object)
to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy, or tasteless manner.
bedizen
–noun
1. a dance in bolero rhythm that originated in Martinique.
2. a modern social dance based on the ~.
3. music for either of these dances.
beguine
–noun
1. an animal, perhaps the hippopotamus, mentioned in Job 40:15–24.
2. any creature or thing of monstrous size or power: The army's new tank is a ~. The cartel is a ~ small business owners fear.
behemoth
an old woman, esp. an ugly one; hag.
beldam
–verb (used with object)
1. to soil; tarnish; discolor.
2. to detract from the honor or luster of: to ~ someone's good name.
besmirch
1. A small decorative object; a trinket.
2. A miniature book, especially one that is finely crafted.
bibelot
–noun
1. Nautical.
a. either of the rounded areas that form the transition between the bottom and the sides on the exterior of a hull.
b. Also, ~s. (in a hull with a double bottom) an enclosed area between frames at each side of the floors, where seepage collects.
c. Also called ~ well. a well into which seepage drains to be pumped away.
d. Also called ~ water. seepage accumulated in ~s.
2. Slang. ~ water (def. 2).
3. the widest circumference or belly of a cask.
–verb (used without object)
4. Nautical.
a. to leak in the ~.
b. (of white paint) to turn yellow.
5. to bulge or swell out.
–verb (used with object)
6. Nautical. to damage (a hull bottom) so as to create an entry for seawater.
bilge
–noun
1. plating of iron or steel for making the shells of `s, covering the hulls of ships, etc.
2. Journalism.
a. syndicated or ready-to-print copy, used esp. by weekly newspapers.
b. trite, hackneyed writing.
3. the detailed standard wording of a contract, warranty, etc.
4. Informal. phrases or units of text used repeatedly, as in correspondence produced by a word-processing system.
5. frozen, crusty, hard-packed snow, often with icy patches.
boilerplate
–verb (used with object), -ized, -iz‧ing.
to expurgate (a written work) by removing or modifying passages considered vulgar or objectionable.
bowdlerize
–noun
1. a leafy shelter or recess; arbor.
2. a rustic dwelling; cottage.
3. a lady's boudoir in a medieval castle.
–verb (used with object)
4. to enclose in or as in a ~; em~.
bower
to bear; suffer; tolerate: I will ~ no interference.
brook(verb)
–verb (used with object)
1. to voice abroad; rumor (used chiefly in the passive and often fol. by about): The report was ~ed through the village.
–noun
2. Medicine/Medical. any generally abnormal sound or murmur heard on auscultation.
3. Archaic. rumor; report.
4. Archaic. noise; din; clamor.
bruit
a delight in being alive; keen, carefree enjoyment of living.
joie de vivre
1. a small group ruling a country, esp. immediately after a coup d'état and before a legally constituted government has been instituted.
2. a council.
3. a deliberative or administrative council, esp. in Spain and Latin America.
junta
1. An economic doctrine that opposes governmental regulation of or interference in commerce beyond the minimum necessary for a free-enterprise system to operate according to its own economic laws.
2. Noninterference in the affairs of others.
laissez-faire
adv.

1. Tomorrow.
2. At an unspecified future time.

n.
An indefinite time in the future.
manana