equipment – tools and supplies used for a given purpose When he was done, he would pick me up and sit me in his lap and tell me about the barbershop he was going to open one day and about all the fancy equipment that would be in it. Pedros hammer is an important part of his equipment for work.
sharecroppers – people who farm someone elses land and are paid with a share of the crops But most people were sharecroppers. That meant they lived in a shack and worked somebody elses land in exchange for a share of the crop. Daddy told me about the times when our grandparents were sharecroppers.
exchange – trade one thing for another That meant they lived in a shack and worked somebody elses land in exchange for a share of the crop. In exchange for her work, Sara earned 15 dollars.
examine – look in detail When the doctors did examine me, they told my daddy that I needed an operation and that it would cost three hundred dollars. I will examine my results to draw a conclusion
delayed – caused to wait I know that three hundred dollars delayed him from opening the barbershop. The snowstorm delayed our flight.
failing – losing all its money He had come by to tell Uncle Jed about the bank failing. We knew the little grocery store was failing, so we always went there to buy our groceries.