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Thai police fight the fat

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Thailand's police force is in a battle to beat the bulge.

It might not be the most rigorous training but these officers are trying their hardest.

The fitness programme in Bangkok includes a daily workout and healthy eating.

They have an extra incentive: a prize worth $160 is up for grabs for the officer who loses the most weight.

to beat the bulge

to lose weight (especially around the stomach area)

rigorous

thorough and strict

workout

a session of physical exercise

incentive

something to encourage someone to do something

up for grabs

available for anyone to win

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Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

to beat the bulge / rigorous / workout / incentive / up for grabs

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2.
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3.
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4.
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5.
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How did you do?

1

workout

2

up for grabs

3

incentive

4

Beating the bulge

5

rigorous

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