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Feeling protective of my friend but knowing of his difficulties placed me in an ________ position.
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.
She can _________ wonderful excuses; but when she tries to offer them, her uneasiness gives her away.
The old phrase "chain gang" refers to prisoners made to work, each joined to the next by linked _______.
A town so peaceful, quiet, and law-abiding was bound to be horrified by so __________ a crime.
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 _________.
To __________ distrust into friendship along that war-torn border will take more than wise politicians and just laws.
Even after the thirteen colonies gained ________ from England, many Americans clung to English traditions.
They will ___________ the results of the election across the Internet and every television set in the land.
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.
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.
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.
We loaded the truck with the chairs and the coffee table, but the grand piano was too __________.
John D. Rockefeller worked to _________ his empire by purchasing oil wells, refineries, and pipelines.
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.
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.
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.
I followed a ______________ path through the woods, not because I feared pursuit, but because I was lost.
Caught in the ______________ of revolution, the young men enlisted with the local militias.
If left for a time, cider will eventually ____________.
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.
Though hurt by his __________ language, I had to admit that some of his points were valid.
To me, my dream made perfect sense, but when I told it to my friend it sounded like ________.
If you continue to _________ on my responsibilities, will you also take the blame for any mistakes?
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.
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.
Too many eggs in this particular pudding will leave a messy ____________ in the baking pan.
I cannot be sure, but I __________ that she would not accept my apology even if I made it on my knees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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