Advanced vocabulary exercise: words used in news headlines

English vocabulary practice exercise for upper-intermediate and advanced level

In this exercise you will practise using words that are often seen in news headlines.

Headlines in newspapers and online news articles often contain less common or unusual words. These words are used because they are short (to save space) or dramatic.

Some examples of news headline words

act (to take action)
blaze (a large fire)
blow (a setback)
brink (on the edge)
bid (to attempt, an attempt)
flare (to begin with violence)
curb (to reduce, restrict)
mar (to spoil)
blast (to criticise)

Exercise instructions

Complete each headline by filling the gap with one of the following words:

quiz   halt   flak   flares   drama   foils   backs   cleared   blaze   bid   poised

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quiz   halt   flak   flares   drama   foils   backs   cleared   blaze   bid   poised