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1100 Words You Need to Know – Week 2, Day 2

If I Had the Wings of an Angel:
Casting a furtive glance over his shoulder, the felon slipped out the main prison gate to be swallowed up in the fog. A plethora of escapes from supposedly secure prisons embarrassed the hapless wardens. To compound* their problems, the officials were badgered* by irate citizens who accused the guards of accepting bribes from convicts whose was: “Stone walls do not a prison make, .”
(*compound see page 3; *badgered see page 4)

Sample Sentences
Use the new words in the following sentences.
1. The __________ contest winner was unable to locate the lucky ticket.
2. My uncle was __________ when the drunken driver swerved in front of us.
3. In a __________ manner she removed her shoes and tiptoed up to her room.
4. When the teacher asked why the homework had not been done, he was greeted by a __________ of alibis.
5. Since the boss learned that Bob associated with a known __________, he fired him.

Match the new words with their meanings.
6. furtive ____ a. angry, incensed
7. felon ____ b. a person guilty of a
8. plethora ____ c. unfortunate
9. hapless ____ d.
10. irate ____ e. ,

Today’s Idiom
: a too costly victory (King Pyrrhus defeated the but his losses were extremely heavy)
In heavy fighting the managed to recapture the hill, but it could only be considered a Pyrrhic victory.

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