When the teenager announced her engagement to the octogenarian, the public suspected it to be a publicity stunt.
1. stunt (n.) something silly or unusual that is done to get public attention
(n.) something dangerous, for example jumping from a building, that is done to entertain people, often as part of a film
Example: stunt flying/ driving/ fighting
Example: After racing professionally, he did some stunt driving for films.
(n.) something dangerous or stupid that you do, often to impress someone
Example: Don't ever pull that stunt again!
(v.) stunt sb's/ sth's growth to stop someone or something from growing
Example: Poor diet can stunt a child's growth.
stunt double (n.) a stunt man or woman who works with a particular actor or actress in a film
stunted (adj.) unable or not allowed to grow to normal size
Example: stunted crops/ trees
(adj.) unable or not allowed to develop or do well
Example: emotionally stunted adults
Example: stunted businesses
Once a highly respected aspirant for the lightweight crown, he now found himself associating with the dregs of Skid Row.
2. lightweight (adj.) weighing less than other things of the same type
Example: Laptop computers are becoming more lightweight.
(adj.) not serious or important
Example: a lightweight member of the team
(n.) someone who is not important or does not have much influence
Example: a intellectual/ political lightweight
3. skid row (n.) [ informal ] a very poor area of a town where there are a lot of people who drink too much alcohol
He would work himself into an alcoholic frenzy in which he would trumpet scurrilous attacks on the champ, the old manager, and the judge.
4. trumpet [ˋtrʌmpɪt](v.) to announce something publicly in a way that is intended to make it seem very important
5. scurrilous[ˋskɝɪləs](adj.) [ formal ] containing unkind statements about someone that are not true and could spoil that person's reputation
scurrrilousness (n.), scurrilously (adv.)