Summer Ball by Mike Lupica, Vocabulary List Chapters 19-21

Summer Ball Vocabulary List

  1. banish | see definition»

    to cause to go away

    Coach Powers would banish Danny to the end of the bench once and for all.

  2. casual | see definition»

    showing or feeling little concern : NONCHALANT

    Rasheed stood up now, pointed casually at Danny.

  3. consume | see definition»

    to eat or drink up

    They were all there, ready to consume a record amount of camp pizza.

  4. defy | see definition»

    to refuse boldly to obey or yield to

    The ball seemed to defy gravity as it went up his left arm.

  5. disposition | see definition»

    a person's usual attitude or mood

    The two losses did nothing to improve their coach's already crabby disposition.

  6. fumble | see definition»

    to handle something in an awkward or clumsy way

    But as he started to hand over the camera, he fumbled it.

  7. incident | see definition»

    an often unimportant happening that may form a part of a larger event

    When he was finished, Jeff walked him out, to make sure there were no further incidents.

  8. interfere | see definition»

    to become involved in the concerns of others when such involvement is not wanted

    "You're right, if I hadn't interfered in the first place, Rasheed wouldn't have had to."

  9. lunge | see definition»

    to move or reach forward in a sudden, forceful way

    Danny lunged and got his hands underneath it.

  10. policy | see definition»

    a set of guidelines or rules that determine a course of action

    "That's my new policy"

  11. predict | see definition»

    to say that (something) will or might happen in the future

    It was darker than it should have been at eight o'clock in the summer, probably because of the storm predicted for later that night.

  12. random | see definition»

    lacking a clear plan, purpose, or pattern

    She said that she'd shot some pictures of Danny's game, then decided to wander around for a little while, taking random shots for fun, finally stopping at a pickup game some older kids were playing at the court in front of Staples.

  13. restrain | see definition»

    to keep from doing something

    Zach couldn't restrain himself any longer, even if he did manage to stay in his chair.

  14. slouch | see definition»

    a way of standing, sitting, or walking with the head and shoulders bent forward

    Then he left, walked away from them in the slouchy way he had.

  15. stocky | see definition»

    short, broad, and sturdy in build

    But he caught it cleanly, came down with it as his man, this stocky kid with a buzz cut, came tearing at him.

  16. suspend | see definition»

    to force (someone) to leave a job, position, or place for a usually short period of time as a form of punishment

    Danny, Zach, and Rasheed were suspended for two games each.

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