An Inspector Calls: Act One

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tails and white ties

black jackets and white bow ties; the most formal dress for men

provincial

unsophisticated; from the countryside, not the city

downstage

at the front of the stage, nearest the audience

upstage

at the back of the stage, furthest from the audience

dandy

man who is overly concerned with how he dresses

port

wine usually drunk following a formal dinner party

guffaw

to laugh loudly and suddenly

squiffy

old slang word for mildly drunk

toast

to invite people to drink in honour of a person or occasion

cable

message by telegraph

hard-headed

stubborn

fiddlesticks

old-fashioned exclamation meaning "nonsense!"

scaremongers

people who start frightening rumours

fishy

suspicious

a warrant

a document that says the police can do sg, such as search your house or arrest you

broke

adjective for sb who has no money left

ringleaders

leaders of a gang or group

public school

in Britain, a fancier school you pay for; in the US, a less fancy school that everyone goes to

turn in/turn out

go to bed/get out of bed

heavy-handed

forceful and insensitive

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