in extremis (adv): an extremely dangerous situation; at the point of death
“Ms. Siskel seems to be in extremis,” Jake said. “Hope she makes it to the bathroom.”
officious (adj): used to describe an annoying person who tries to tell other people what to do in a way that is not wanted or needed
He was semi leaving her in the lurch, with the mercurial Robyn and the officious Melissa.
internecine (adj): marked by slaughter; of, relating to, or involving conflict within a group
The internecine messes at City Hall were easier to manage than her own life.
bandoliers (n): a belt that is worn over the shoulder and across the body and that holds bullets
Police cadets in orange bandoliers signaled all cards to stop. [I’m assuming these are the white, reflective bandoliers, not the kind full of bullets.]
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