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

  • Vocab Class:
  • Coursebook: 1100 Words You Need to Know
  • Session: Week 2, Day 2
  • New Words: furtive — felon — plethora — hapless — irate

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 British 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 motto was: “Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.”
(*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 incredible 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 major crime
8. plethora ____ c. unfortunate
9. hapless ____ d. excess
10. irate ____ e. secret, stealthy

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

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