Read and understand the following ghost phrases and expressions:
(a) To give up the ghost-- to die or to stop trying
(b) A ghost of a chance-- a poor chance, not likely to
(c) The ghost at the feast-- something or someone that
spoils your enjoyment by reminding you of something unpleasant
(d) Ghost town-- a town where most people have
left-abandoned and deserted
(e) Ghost-write- to write for someone else
(f) Lay the ghost of something/somebody (to rest)-- to
finally stop being worried or upset by something or someone that
has worried or upset you for a long time
(g) Ghost image -- secondary image, esp. one appearing on
a television screen as a white shadow, caused by poor or double
reception or by a defect in the receiver
(h) the ghost of a smile - faint trace of a smile
(i) As white as a ghost- very pale or white in the face
Now complete the following story by using the appropriate
phrases in the blanks given below:
I was alone in a place that bore a deserted look like that of a
________________. I increased the pace of my footsteps as I
walked through the dark forest. I felt someone walking behind me.
I turned immediately and spotted the contour of a figure in the
form of a ___________________ .
It smiled at me wickedly .I started shaking with fear and
perspiring profusely when I felt its skeletal hand upon my neck.
I woke up with a start, relieved that it was only a nightmare.
This was not the first time I had had one. It had all started
when I had watched the horrendous horror film with a eerie ghost
character that had a scary ghost of a smile on its face.It had
been almost a month. The strange thing was that I saw a similar
face at the station the next morning. That was uncanny.
I was to attend a dinner at my friend's at Northanger Abbey that
night. I had decided to narrate my experience to the group that
would assemble there although I knew there was
_________________________ that they would be convinced.
After everyone had finished pouring their drinks to themselves, I
cleared my throat and started narrating my spooky experience.
However, every one of the group started accusing me of being
_______________________ and held me responsible for spoiling the
spirit of revelry. I gave up the ghost and sat quietly waiting
for the party to be over. Back at home, the fears returned .I
knew I had to talk about my experience to somebody to feel
better. I have now decided to ______________ and publish my
experience under a pseudonym. Only then can I
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