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20 terms

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