- Underdog |ˈəndərˌdôɡ| noun a competitor thought to have little chance of winning a fight or contest.
- **steamrolling (over someone) verb to overwhelm usually by greatly superior force
- morale |məˈral| noun the confidence, enthusiasm, and discipline of a person or group at a particular time: their morale was high.
- disparaging |diˈsperijiNG| adjective expressing the opinion that something is of little worth; derogatory: disparaging remarks about public housing.
- effervescent |ˌefərˈves(ə)nt| adjective vivacious and enthusiastic: effervescent young people.
- audible |ˈôdəb(ə)l| adjective able to be heard: ultrasound is audible to dogs.
- boisterous |ˈboist(ə)rəs| adjective (of a person, event, or behavior) noisy, energetic, and cheerful; rowdy: the boisterous conviviality associated with taverns of that period.
- sign language |ˈsīn ˌlaNGɡwij| noun a system of communication using visual gestures and signs, as used by deaf people.
- *having an edge singular noun;If someone or something has an edge, they have an advantage that makes them stronger or more likely to be successful than another thing or person.
- hand signal noun a movement of a hand used to convey information or instructions: soldiers can communicate via hand signals.
New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
I – 3 – of
Friday night was the second round of the playoffs.
II – 2 – are
The Cubs are a fast and hard-hitting squad.
III – 1 – have
The coaches also say deaf players have heightened visual senses.
Reading Comprehension Fill-ins
The California School for the Deaf, Riverside, is the only all-deaf public school serving the southern half of the state. The team’s success has given the school and the surrounding community a lift.
For players, parents and staff, the success of the football team has been more than just an athletic triumph. Many describe it as a sign that deaf children can be at their best when they are together in an all-deaf environment.