1100 Words You Need to Know – Week 3, Day 2

  • 1100 Words You Need to Know
  • Vocab Class:
  • Coursebook: 1100 Words You Need to Know
  • Session: Week 3, Day 2
  • New Words: infamous — jostle — dupe — incipient — inadvertent

The Handcuff Is Quicker Than the Eye
Slippery Eddie, the infamous pickpocket, was back at work, and every detective had to be especially vigilant.* Eddie’s technique was to jostle a victim toward a confederate who would then slip the man’s wallet out of his back pocket while Eddie was stammering an apology to the confused dupe. Within a week the incipient crimewave came to an end when Slippery Eddie inadvertently chose the chief of police for his victim. Although Eddie loathes* Sing Sing, it’s his permanent address now.

Sample Sentences
Can you put the new words in the right sentences?
1. By telling the truth, we stopped the __________ rumor from spreading.
2. The bombing of Pearl Harbor was referred to as an __________ deed.
3. The wealthy __________ consented to buy the often-sold Brooklyn Bridge.
4. When he attempted to __________ the old lady, she struck him with her umbrella.
5. Through an __________ error, the guided missile sped out of control.

Match the new words with their meanings.
6. infamous ____ a. having a bad reputation
7. jostle ____ b. just beginning to exist
8. dupe (n.) ____ c. to shove hard
9. incipient ____ d. a person easily tricked
10. inadvertent ____ e. heedless, not attentive

Today’s Idiom
to carry the day: to win the approval of the majority
The secretary’s motion that we adjourn for lunch carried the day, and we headed for the restaurant.

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