The following words are from No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie (ARC copy)
“The current, swift here as the river made its way towards the roar of the weir below Hambleden Mill, was a treacherous trap for the unwary or overconfident.”
: a dam in a stream or river to raise the water level or divert its flow
: a fence or enclosure set in a waterway for taking fish
“And if it meant leaving the Met, she would leave, but she would not be fobbed off quietly with a token gold watch and more hollow promises.”
2. Fob off
: to put (someone) off by deception or trickery
: to cheat someone by substituting something spurious or inferior; palm off
These words come from The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
"She had grown up to be a snob, it was true. But she was only protecting what she thought was important. She had been officious even as a child."
: objectionably aggressive in offering one's unrequested and unwanted services, help, or advice; meddlesome
“If Amber had been rubbing their hands together and muttering how ‘umble she was, she could not have been more obsequious.”
: characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning
" And on and on it went, this sycophantic barrage."
: A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people; a fawning parasite