She blamed her absence from the game on the inclement weather, but we knew that was sour grapes.
To read carefully
After being admonished* by his farther, he began to peruse the want ads daily.
When the black cat crossed her path, Ellen had a premonition of disaster.
The pickets promulgated* a warning that they would not desist in the effort to enhance* their standard of living.
As the snake prepared to strike, the girls recoiled in horror.
To the point, appropriate
During the trial the astute* lawyer was able to elicit* the pertinent information from the key witness.
My nervous neighbor bought a pugnacious* mastiff to frighten burglars.
To haunt, preoccupy
The Stockbroker was obsessed with the idea of becoming a painter.
Doleful expressions abounded* throughout headquarters on the night of the election.
After the tension, his normally ruddy face was wan and tired.
Display of emotions
Saying that he would not tolerate* her histrionics, the director fired the temperamental actress.
Hard to grasp
All his life he found happiness elusive, but wealth easy to come by.
Counteract, foil, thwart
The warden frustrated the prisoners' attempt to escape by adding more guards.
Having to do with signs or symptoms, indicative
The sordid* rioting was symptomatic of the problems facing the large cities.
Most viewers hate it when a commercial is interjected into a suspense drama.
Without power to move
Seeing the inert player the manager dashed out onto the field.
One of the salient features of her poetry is a dependence upon euphemisms*.
Likely to happen, threatening
The senator loathed* it when people said that an atomic war was imminent.
Easily shocked, over sensitive
When his squeamish partner complained about a lack of ethics*, the businessman laughed at his innocence.
Engrossed in his crossword puzzle, he failed to notice the paucity* of customer in the restaurant.