Today we’ll be analysing a short story about crime and studying the vocabulary within.
Recently our quaint little town has run up against some major problems with crime and we are inundated with vandalism. The government have been working closely with the local police force in an attempt to clamp down on this recent surge of crime.
Just yesterday a group of young men made off with some jewellery from a local jeweller despite the police sergeant threatening any further robberies with serious jail time.
The police force is banking on a new system that relies heavily on HD CCTV as a form of deterrence. If that plan falls through then I’m not sure what they plan on doing. Criminals these days are becoming increasingly more aware of the methods used by the law enforcers and have been making good attempts to avoid them.
At this point I’m not sure if the crimes are simply groups of hooligans having fun or something larger and more organised. I certainly haven’t ruled that out as a possibility.
Quaint - A place that is old, historical but beautiful (like a fairy-tale village)
To run up against – To experience something difficult
Inundate - To overwhelm, overflow
To clamp down on – To take action to stop unwanted activity (crime, something harmful, etc.)
Surge - A sudden increase
To make off with - To take something and get away
To bank on - To rely on, depend on, need something in order to complete goal
To fall through – To fail to happen
Hooligan - Someone who causes havoc, a nuisance (vandalism, messing around, littering, shouting)
To rule out – To exclude something as a possibility
Fill in the blank with a word in blue from below.
(Answers at the bottom of the page)
Fall through Surge Bank on Inundate Make off with To run up against
George was a jockey and racing horses was his passion but he had become quite ill. He was ____ it not being too serious so he could compete in the national racing championships. One day he ____ a problem. while he was ____ with bad symptoms in bed, one of the dogs _____ his phone and buried it somewhere in the garden. Typically, this just happened to be the time when there was a ____ of activity in the form of texts and missed calls! Without his phone he couldn’t compete in the race! All his plans had ____ through.
Ran up against
Made off with
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