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aces  first-rate; expert. Here, Holden uses the term sarcastically to Ackley. affected  behaving in an artificial way to impress people. Annapolis  the capital of Maryland and location of the United States Naval Academy. asthma  a generally chronic disorder characterized by wheezing, coughing, difficulty in breathing,  and a suffocating feeling, caused by an allergy to inhaled substances, stress, etc. backasswards  similar to the slang term  ass-backwards , meaning, done in a way that is particularly  contrary to the usual way, confusing, etc. bellboy  a person employed by a hotel, club, etc. to carry luggage and do errands. Benedict Arnold  (1741–1801) notorious American Revolutionary War general, who became a traitor  and attempted to surrender West Point to the British. Beowulf  hero of the Old English folk epic of that name, an Anglian poem probably composed during 
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Unformatted text preview: the first half of the 8th century, A.D. Bloomingdale's a popular, Manhattan-based department store. boardwalk a walk, often made of wood and elevated, placed along a beach or seafront. bourgeois of or characteristic of a person whose beliefs, attitudes, and practices are conventionally middle-class. bridge any of various card games, for two pairs of players, that developed from whist. Broadway street running north and south through New York City, known as the center of the city's main theater and entertainment section. Brown Betty a baked apple pudding made with butter, spices, sugar, and bread crumbs. bunk talk that is empty, insincere, or merely for effect. scraggy-looking lean; bony; skinny. shadow punches sparring with an imaginary opponent, especially in training as a boxer....
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