Feeling protective of my friend but knowing of his difficulties placed me in an ________ position.
Think twice before casting _________ on his honesty, for he might be telling the truth.
Years from now I will look at this picture and wonder what sort of ________ costume I was wearing.
His request for a large loan for an indefinite length of time was met with a ________ refusal.
With a smile, a joke, and a second helping of pie, she would ______ him into doing what she wanted.
After he _________ the unruly children, they settled down to study quietly.
She can _________ wonderful excuses; but when she tries to offer them, her uneasiness gives her away.
Often a show of angry concern conceals the self-serving tactics of a ___________.
He thinks that all women adore him, but my sister will probably _______ him of that idea.
Some people seem to confuse sophistication with ________.
The old phrase "chain gang" refers to prisoners made to work, each joined to the next by linked _______.
It is said that good inventors do not ______ themselves with conventional thinking.
A town so peaceful, quiet, and law-abiding was bound to be horrified by so __________ a crime.
Scientists labored to discover a set of ___________ laws of the universe.
George Washington and his contemporaries were _________ against Britain.
The army was confident that they could crush the ___________ forces.
Sudden fame and admiration can make people feel unworthy --- or it can bring on feelings of _________.
The office of Vice President of the United States was once considered little more than a _________.
The movie heroine blushed when she noticed the _________ glances of her admirer.
The penitent citizens promised to never again __________ the laws of the land.
To __________ distrust into friendship along that war-torn border will take more than wise politicians and just laws.
In search of ____________ excitement, we watched movies of action and adventure.
Many political prisoners were freed under the __________ granted by the new regime.
Even after the thirteen colonies gained ________ from England, many Americans clung to English traditions.
One should not accept the idea that the camera never lies as an ________ truth.
They will ___________ the results of the election across the Internet and every television set in the land.
The well known Latin phrase "__________ emptor" means "Let the buyer beware."
He did more work, so a sixty-forty split of the profits seemed an _________ arrangement.
The ring must have slid off my finger as I was trying to _________ the fish from the net.
If you __________ pennies from the cash drawer, you are unlikely, after a while, to be satisfied with only pennies.
She chose to ignore my advice, not because she wanted to ________ my beliefs, but because she had strong opinions of her own.
It seems as if even the smoothest-running organizations contain one or two __________ elements.
Many religions follow the __________ that is important to treat others as you, yourself, would like to be treated.
The cute new puppy had a ________ effect on her health.
Sometimes a carefully reasoned discussion does more to change people's minds than a _________ attack.
Jonathan Swift used wit to ________ the British government for its cruel treatment of Ireland.
Competing teams consider my daughter the _________ of the soccer field.
My sister announced in a severe and _______ tone of voice that we were out of cookies.
He claimed that the musical, despite its energy, was ______ and that he had slept through the entire second set.
Shakespeare's Juliet drinks a _________ so as to appear to be dead -- a trick she is soon to regret.
Travelers may find people overseas _______ in some ways but surprisingly free in others.
His bad mood was _______, and by the time he'd finished his breakfast, he was smiling.
Many farm hands lived the lives of ________ during the Great Depression.
We loaded the truck with the chairs and the coffee table, but the grand piano was too __________.
While critics called the movie _______, I thought the performers were very compelling.
We spent a pleasant afternoon with our ________ neighbors.
John D. Rockefeller worked to _________ his empire by purchasing oil wells, refineries, and pipelines.
The ________ body of the amoeba was fascinating to watch under the microscope.
What people thought was her _______ of mystery was actually a mask for her shyness.
Three jeweled combs from the 17th century were among the _________ seized by the police.
For my paper, I would like to find an ______ history of the subject written in a clear and unbiased manner.
Ghosts are often depicted in literature as wearing ________ clothing that makes them seem all the more ethereal.
The book was so old that each finely printed page seemed only the weight of _______.
I can _______ nothing from his odd behavior.
I could not tell by her _________ smile whether she was pleased or only amused with me.
You seem too sophisticated to hold such _______ opinions.
We tend to think of court verdicts as _______ but they are often overturned by higher courts.
Queen Elizabeth I showed a strong __________ for putting off decisions in the hopes that they would resolve themselves.
Some flight attendants dread a __________ airline passenger more than they do rough weather.
Slowly, carefully, keeping his voice down, he argued with the caller as one might _________ with a child.
He was forced to _________ a statement he had made before he'd had all the information.
The development of lightweight, _________ plastics revolutionized the design of many durable goods.
From the construction site, the noise of bulldozers and dump trucks _________ across the valley.
Days passed and unrest grew, and soon the rebels began a __________ attack on their absent leader.
No one could say that he was lazy, for he was a careful, ________ copier of other people's work.
The old lady made her clothes at home in order to avoid the _______ goods sold in the general store.
I __________________ cruelty yet do not always notice when I have said something cruel without meaning to.
Every immigrant group newly arrived in another country goes through a slow process of __________.
It was no _______________ meeting that led to their writing songs together, for in fact they were cousins.
You may ______________ these holes to gophers or elves, but I blame the dog from next door.
I followed a ______________ path through the woods, not because I feared pursuit, but because I was lost.
The family _____________ with her after the loss of her old and faithful dog.
I __________ them to stop spending so much money or to face the consequences.
The pleasant background music did not _____________ my work but instead, distracted me.
They seemed more than willing to ____________ their guilt by whatever means necessary.
Caught in the ______________ of revolution, the young men enlisted with the local militias.
If left for a time, cider will eventually ____________.
The poor fellow was stronger than he realized, and the damage he did was ___________.
Because so many of its patients were having financial troubles, the health clinic charged only _____________ fees.
We questioned her quietly, carefully, and at length, but her answers remained _________.
Investigators discovered that the clerk came up with a scheme to ___________ from the company.
Curious, patient, and fond of long walks outdoors, she soon displayed a __________ for nature study.
An experienced actor can perform with what seems like limitless ___________, even when he forgets a line.
Dictators usually begin their reigns by searching out and silencing __________ opinion.
My grasp of trigonometry was ___________ until I attended the extra-help sessions.
Though hurt by his __________ language, I had to admit that some of his points were valid.
The spy used charm and flattery in order to ________ the information from the diplomat.
A hot meal can ____________ the discomforts of even the coldest day.
Considering the family's tense mood, you handled the situation with ____________.
He delivered a _____________ speech that did not even address our problems.
They entered the army as ____________ recruits and left as seasoned veterans.
To me, my dream made perfect sense, but when I told it to my friend it sounded like ________.
Knowing that his time was nearly up, we kept silent and let him __________ on.
Admitting when you have been fairly defeated is the ___________ of sportsmanship.
With dramatic gestures, our fans vigorously _________ the team to play harder.
The President is the __________ commander-in-chief of the armed forces in time of war.
If you continue to _________ on my responsibilities, will you also take the blame for any mistakes?
It is not a good idea to __________ oneself by paying cloying compliments.
The crowd was so eager to see the band perform that they resented the opening singer as an ________.
It had been my father's favorite book when he was my age, but for me it held little ___________ interest.
You should not __________ against the plan with quite so much vigor until you have read it.
On some days I am overcome by _________ at the thought of so many more years of schooling.
In 1999 an argument raged over whether 2000 or 2001 would mark the beginning of the new __________.
One need not rely on __________ knowledge to grasp why things disappear in a house where two cats live.
Much of his talk about the ________ seems grounded in nothing but trick photography and folklore.
The rain ________ all of my clothing and reduced the map in my pocket to a pulpy mess.
Scholars often disagree over which event or events __________ an historic moment.
I admit that my outburst was __________.
Too many eggs in this particular pudding will leave a messy ____________ in the baking pan.
Some argue that more __________ laws against speeding will make our streets safer.
I cannot be sure, but I __________ that she would not accept my apology even if I made it on my knees.
The police had no proof, nothing to go on but a suspicion, a mere _________.
My broad hint that I had paid for the lessons myself brought smiles of _____________ from all the judges at the piano recital.
Her eyes told me that more than a few well-chosen words would be needed to _________ her hurt feelings.
The various community organizations formed a __________ to lobby against parking laws.
Some characterized her love of chocolate as __________ because she ate at least two candy bars a day.
My attempt to ________ information over the phone was met with a barrage of irrelevant recordings.
Shakespeare's Hamlet finds it useless to ________ with his mother for siding with his stepfather.
The Great Gatsby tells a universal story without being marred by ________ prose.
I was awakened not by a sudden sound but by a ________ in the din of traffic.
Those lacking the facts or afraid of reprisals often tarnish an eneymy's reputation by use of ________.
She will ___________ in the dispute between the two children, and soon they will be playing happily again.
The wilted handclasp and the fast-melting smile mark the _______ refugee from too many parties.
Bright, sensational, and often __________, some old-time movie posters make today's newspaper ads look tame.
Many years of ___________ service could not dissuade him from feeling that he had not chosen work that he liked.
An overworked parent may be unlikely to indulge the complaints of a __________ child.
She seemed to feel that a snooze at her desk was not an annoying habit but the _________ of a veteran employee.
The banjo, once thought to be a __________ product of the Southern hills, actually came here from Africa.
At first, a ___________ may do well in the city using charm alone, but charm like novelty, wears thin.
Some skilled actors can _______ emotions they might never have felt in life.
A great work of art may be said to _________ time, and it is remembered for decades, or even centuries.
She hesitated to offer her opinion, fearing that they would take _________ at her criticism.
Her constant inquiring about the health of my family at first seemed friendly, later merely __________.