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1100 Words You Need to Know Week 30 Day 4

1100 Words You Need to Know Week 30 Day 4

1100 Words You Need to Know Week 30 Day 4

New Words


Words in Context

The Double Cross
Many incidents that took place aboard his ship are re-told by Twain. One has to do with a wealthy cattle man who was approached by three gamblers. The cattle farmer had let it be known that he had a great deal of money, and the gamblers were trying to wheedle him into a card game. He protested that he knew nothing about cards. His rustic appearance confirmed that fact. On the last night before landing the three gamblers got him drunk. When the first hand was dealt, a jubilant expression came over his face. The betting became furious. All of the proper decorum was put aside, and ten thousand dollars soon lay on the table. With the last wager one of the gamblers showed a hand of four kings. His partner was to have dealt the sucker a hand of four queens. At this point the victim, the charlatan, removed the veneer* of respectability, and showed a hand of four aces! One of the three professional gamblers was a clandestine* confederate of the “rich cattle farmer.” They had been planning this duplicity* for many weeks.

? Sample Sentences

Insert the new words in these sentences.
1. The child tried to wheedle from her mother the place where the cookies had been cached.*
2. They could discern* that the faith healer was a charlatan.
3. The rustic life is supposed to be a tranquil* one.
4. Repress* your uncouth* manners and act with decorum at the party.
5. We were jubilant when our indolent* cousin got a job.

✅ Definitions

Match the new words with their definitions.
6. wheedle :arrow: coax, persuade, cajole
7. rustic :arrow: countrified, unpolished
8. jubilant :arrow: joyful, in high spirits
9. decorum :arrow: politeness, correct behavior
10. charlatan :arrow: pretender, fraud

? Today’s Idiom

Achilles heel :arrow: weak spot
He wanted to lead an ascetic* life, but his obsession with liquor was his Achilles heel.

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