As I already said in the handwritings thread, I've just finished reading the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey, and I have taken notes about words and sentences that I didn't know.
I will type them here. RED = I'd like to ask you guys what it means.
- But you'd be hard-pressed to find a liar who achieved success over the long haul. =in the long run
- [When] I crept up on him and took him in my arms [...] =to go like a snake
- When you do your chores1 at home, or work tonight, try the principle of hard-working. Go the extra mile2 and do more than is expected.
2do more than usual
- I didn't know if I would ever get a chance to be first string1, but if I didn't, at least I was going to strike out swinging.
- As the season began, and the games rolled by one by one, I sat on my bench.
- The other sea is shrewder1, hoarding2 its income jealously.
2keeping for future, collecting
- We should learn from our mistakes, but we shouldn't beat the tar out of ourselves over them. =to figuratively batter ourselves severely?
- The Grand Teton juts 13,776 feet above sea level. =protrudes, sticks out
Then I have a list of words and idioms, but I was too lazy to copy the context sentence too.
- make amends: to compensate, as for an injury, loss, or insult
- barnacles: a kind of Crustacea
- many a sad soul - what's the difference with "many sad souls"?
- picture-perfect baseball swing - picture perfect means completely perfect, flawless; swing is hitting the ball in baseball.
- BB gun: a type of air gun
- carabiners, chalks, pitons: tools for rock climbing
- hook up a harness and rappel
- knack: a special skill, talent, or ability
- runt: small animal; or fig. one who is small
- switchback trails
- glacial moraines: glacially formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris
- saddle: seat on a horse
- steep: sharply sloped; or brew, infuse
- strides: to walk with a long step or steps; long step; a step in progress
- oxygen depletion: running out of oxygen
- amid cheers
- thrashed tennis shoes - it doesn't make sense with the dictionary definition of "thrash"
- embellish: adorn
- lethargic: drowsy; sluggish; causing lethargy
- hindsight: the ability to understand something after it has occurred
- flunk: to fail in school
- slam on your brakes: to push on a vehicle's brakes suddenly and hard
- fly off the mouth
- give the bird: to make a very impolite sign by raising your middle finger towards someone in order to show that you are angry with them
- take off the lid: to remove the lid* from something; fig. to reveal a set of previously concealed problems
- coveted: greatly desired, strongly or eagerly wished for
- scrutinize: examine closely
- slack off: avoid work; loosen
- rub off: (fig.) be transmitted
- boxed-up: packed
- rebut: refute, disprove
- pound (the guy): beat (?)
- lighten up: take less seriously
- ring up (groceries): enter price on cash register
- lash out: attack verbally; try to strike
- doormat: small carpet inside an entrance; downtrodden person ( zerbino)
- spend the rest of the week stewing
- setback: a stopping or delay in one's progress; reverse or defeat.
Then I took note of a sentence that I liked:
The real tragedy is the tragedy of the man who never in his life braces* himself for his supreme effort - he never stretches for his full capacity, never stands up to his full stature.
*brace: to prepare for something unpleasant.
... and of a paragraph that I liked, i.e. this story.
Especially the sentence "Splashes of green adorn its banks [of the sea]" is quite poetic.