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The Contender by Robert Lipsyte Vocabulary
contend To strive against difficulty; struggle
transistor radio A small, portable radio
marquee A rooflike structure, often with a signboard, projecting over an entrance
spar To fight with an opponent in a short bout or practice session, as in boxing.
sheepish Embarrassed because you did something wrong
linoleum a floor covering
wino A poor alcoholic with no home
Boardwalk A walkway, especially of planks, along a beach or waterfront.
jab To punch (someone) with short punches
catcall Inappropriate words or phrases, or whistling to express approval or making fun of someone.
knead To squeeze, press, or roll with the hands, as in massaging
whimper To cry or sob with soft sounds
canvas The floor of a ring in which boxing or wrestling takes place
clinch To hold a boxing opponent's body with one or both arms to keep him/her from punching
probation the release of an offender from punishment, subject to a period of good behavior under supervision.
narcotic An addictive drug, such as heroin, that reduces pain, alters mood and behavior, and brings on sleep
addict One who is addicted, as to narcotics
emblem An object or a representation that functions as a symbol
unanimous complete agreement
shallow Lacking depth of intellect, emotion, or knowledge
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