II. While Reading Activities
forensic |fəˈrenzikfəˈrensik| adjective-of, relating to, or denoting the application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime: forensic evidence.
trigger |ˈtriɡər| noun- an event or circumstance that is the cause of a particular action, process, or situation: the trigger for the strike was the closure of a mine.
pore |pôr| verb [ no obj. ] (pore over/through) • archaic think intently; ponder: when he has thought and pored on it.
lash out PHRASAL VERB-attack someone verbally: he used his thank-you speech to lash out at critics.
tack |tak| noun-a method of dealing with a situation or problem; a course of action or policy: as she could not stop him from going she tried another tack and insisted on going with him.
debate |dəˈbāt| noun -a formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward.
prep |prep| informal verb (preps, prepping, prepped) prepare (something); make ready: scores of volunteers help prep the food.
illuminate |iˈlo͞oməˌnāt| verb (usu. as adj. illuminating) help to clarify or explain (a subject or matter): a most illuminating discussion.
crush |krəSH| verb–(of a government or state) violently subdue (opposition or a rebellion): the government had taken elaborate precautions to crush any resistance.
Rarely are preparations as illuminating about the candidates as a debate itself, but Mrs. Clinton’s and Mr. Trump’s strikingly different approaches to the Sept. 26 face-off are more revealing about their egos and battlefield instincts than most other moments in the campaign.
As Mrs. Clinton pores over this voluminous research with her debate team, most recently for several hours on Friday, and her aides continue searching for someone who can rattle her as a Trump stand-in during mock debates, Mr. Trump is taking the opposite tack. Though he spent hours with his debate team the last two Sundays, the sessions were more freewheeling than focused, and he can barely conceal his disdain for laborious and theatrical practice sessions.