Confusing Words Clarified: Group T; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "T" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
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At the time of the flood, the staff from the TARP program set up their desks under a tarp that was hung between two trees.
2. Chiefly British, a prostitute: "The young woman was determined to put her background as a tart behind her and go back to school to complete her education."
The lemon tart was tart to her taste, but she still thought it was delicious.
2. A reddish acid compound, chiefly potassium bitartrate, found in the juice of grapes and deposited on the sides of casks during wine-making process: "During the making of wine, the workers watch carefully for the sedimentation of tartar in the barrels they use."
3. An individual described as having an unpredictable temper (considered informal and old-fashioned): "She was a perfect tartar when she was crossed by her intrusive editor."
The old history book described the Tartar as being a tartar in terms of temperament. Perhaps the teeth of the Tartar hurt because of a build up of tartar in his mouth that made him miserable all the time.
2. An electroshock weapon that uses electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of muscles: "The stun gun manufacturer, Taser International, calls the effects of a taser a neuromuscular incapacitation."
2. An attention-getting vignette or highlight presented before the start of a television show or at the end of a movie: "A teaser for the sequel appeared at the end of the movie."
3. Someone who harasses another person playfully or maliciously; especially by ridicule and by provoking with persistent annoyances: "The husband was a teaser of his wife about her preference of classical music."
A taser certainly is far from being any kind of a teaser.
2. Characterized as being very flavorful and appetizing: "The new soup made of pumpkin and tomatoes was very tasty and was a lovely way to start our holiday meal."
At the banquet, we noticed the buffet was laid out in a tasteful fashion and the chef told tasty stories about each of the very tasty dishes.
2. A display of military exercises offered as evening entertainment: "When we were in England, we attended the Tattoo at the castle in London."
2. A design made on the skin with a temporary dye such as henna or ink: "For the masked ball, we dressed like bikers including having a temporary tattoo on each of our arms."
When we attended the tattoo at the castle in the medieval city, we noticed that one of the bagpipe players had an intriguing tattoo on his leg.
2. To have provided guidance to students in an academic context: "My mother taught grade school for many years before she retired."
2. Characterized as using minimal detail: "The report from the police was taut and included only the basic facts of the situation."
His mother was quite taut as she taught her tot that it was impolite to taunt other children.
2. Chiefly British, an afternoon refreshment consisting usually of sandwiches and cakes served with tea or an afternoon reception or social gathering at which a hot drink is served: "We had such a busy day shopping, we just had to stop for tea before we became too tired."
2. A mark aimed at in certain games; such as, curling or quoits: "The tee was marked under the ice on the curling rink."
2. The designated area of each golf hole from which a player makes his or her first stroke: "The defending champion strolled up to the first tee to try for another major win."
3. A small device used to stand a football on end for a kickoff: "The crowd was quiet when the famous player approached the tee."
She decided to wear his green T-shirt to the tea that was held at the golf course.
This will probably tee the manager off; however, she was able to watch the champion golfer tee off before she left.
In fact, she bought a specially marked tee at the gift shop to commemorate the occasion.
2. A group of individuals associated with a specific task or activity: "The football team appeared to be on a winning streak when they won their fifth straight game."
"She was asked to join her team of colleagues who were assigned to plan the end of the year party for our office."
"The sky seemed to teem with rain all day long."2. To empty or to pour out: "The foundry workers started to teem the molten metal into the forms."
When I went to the soccer game, I noticed that each team seemed to teem with husky and powerfully built players.
"I used my new hair brush to tease my hair when I woke up in the morning."2. To make someone irritated or angry by engaging annoying behavior: "He tried to make his sister laugh but his efforts to tease her only made her angry."
3. To style one's hair by back combing the hair to make it seem voluminous or full: "The hair stylist started to tease my hair to give it a soft full puffiness in the front."
4. To tantalize but not to fulfill the expectations so aroused: "The aroma of baking bread served to tease her appetite but since she was on a diet, she wouldn't take even one slice of it."
It seems silly, but the little girl was apparently trying to taunt the golf pegs, or as someone said, she seemed to be trying to tease the golf tees with a variety of teas.
"The mountain hikers demonstrated temerity when planning their assent of the dangerous mountain."
The timorous quality of his personality was surprising because he often demonstrated great temerity when he was enjoying his hobby of bungee jumping.
Perhaps the danger of bungee jumping gave him the courage to try to overcome his timidity.
"Mr. Smith is a tenant on my father's farm."
The new tenant in the apartment below apparently believes in the tenet that quiet people make good neighbors because he keeps the volume turned down when he plays his TV or radio.
"Her brother is a tenor and enjoys singing in concerts."
"After five years, my friend's father was granted tenure as professor in our local university."
The tenor’s tenure with the opera company was cut short by an argument with the general manager and the tenor was asked to leave.
When this group of Boy Scouts go camping, they usually stay in what could be interpreted as nervous little outdoor cloth shelters which they call tense tents set up in groups of tens.
"Her tepid personality was a guise for a brilliant mind."
The heat of the day made her feel very torpid; unfortunately, she was unable to gain any relief by swimming in the lake because the water was just too tepid.