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  • Session: Week 4, Day 4
  • New Words: solace — aspirant – dregs – frenzy — scurrilous

The Decline of Mullins

Mullins sought solace in whiskey. Once a highly respected aspirant for the lightweight crown, he now found himself associating with the dregs of Skid Row* He would work himself into an alcoholic frenzy in which he would trumpet scurrilous attacks on the champ, the old manager, and the judge. One avid* fight fan attributed Mullins’ absence from the ring to sickness, saying that he was “recovering from a bad case of SCOTCH.”

Sample Sentences

Use the new words in the following sentences.

  1. Vigilant* censors protect the public from listening to __________ language on television.
  2. The publisher scoffed* at the reports that he was an __________ for the job of Secretary of State.
  3. In a __________, the teenager overturned every drawer while searching for the car keys.
  4. At the bottom of the beautiful wine bottle, only the __________ remained.
  5. In trying to offer __________ to the pilot’s wife, the reporter inadvertently* made the situation worse.

Definitions

Match the new words with their meanings.

  1. solace ____ a. most worthless part
  2. aspirant ____ b. coarse
  3. dregs ____ c. easing of grief
  4. frenzy ____ d. wild fit
  5. scurrilous ____ e. candidate for high position

Today’s Idiom

to rule the roost to be in charge, to be master (a roost is a perch where domestic birds can sleep)

Although he is a lowly private in the army, at home he rules the roost.

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