1100 Words You Need to Know – Week 4, Day 3

Mullins Forced to Eat Humble Pie*

The * 80-year-old manager pressed charges against K.O. Mullins, suing him for . As tangible evidence of the attack, he pointed to a deep laceration over his eyebrow that had required ten stitches. When the case was brought , the judge castigated Mullins for the sordid incident. In addition to a financial , Mullins was required to the octogenarian.


Sample Sentences

Use the new words in the following sentences.

  1. The medic reached into his kit to find a for the ugly __________.
  2. Mr. Dixon belittled* our request for __________ proof of his loyalty.
  3. The kindly was too * to openly __________ the new worker.
  4. When the teenager announced her to the __________, the public suspected it to be a .
  5. Stories of their __________ youth poured forth from the unhappy felons.



Match the new words with their meanings.

  1. tangible ____ a. having actual form
  2. laceration ____ b. to correct by punishing
  3. castigate ____ c. jagged wound
  4. sordid ____ d. dirty, base
  5. octogenarian ____ e. person in his or her eighties



Hobson’s choice to have no choice at all (Mr. Hobson owned a livery but he did not allow the customers to pick their own horses)

Despite all the talk about in my family, my father usually gives the rest of us Hobson’s choices.

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