by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Car’ny, v. to throw in hypocritical terms.

The OED further explains that to carny means to “act in a wheedling or coaxing manner,” to “wheedle, coax, cajole.”

Word in the Wild: The delinquent student blustered and carnied her way to a higher grade.

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