World Pass, Unit 7 Does Crime Pay? Key Vocabulary Review to put someone behind bars To imprison To lock someone up colleague Co-worker Person who works with you. fundamental basic get away with To not get caught or punished in any way. illegal Not legal; against the law imprison Prisoner Prison imprisonment To put someone behind bars; to put someone in jail or prison. legitimate A legitimate job A legitimate excuse legal; allowed; acceptable; real (not fake) offense offender (a legal term for someone who has committed a crime) offend An illegal act outrageous It’s outrageous that someone could… Unbelievable; crazy punish punishment To do something bad to someone because of something he/she did wrong. a real gray area Not ‘black and white’; having both pros and cons, good aspects and bad aspects a red alert a security alert; a warning of possible danger as white as a sheet Scared – pale due to fear on the black market bought or sold illegally the black sheep of the family A family member who doesn’t follow the accepted social or moral rules of the family. pickpocket A person who takes something out of your wallet or purse – usually without your noticing it. see red Get angry abduct Abduction abductor To kidnap accomplice Someone who helps a criminal arson arsonist The crime of starting a fire that damages property apprehend to catch a criminal (by a law enforcement official, usually) capture To apprehend; to catch a criminal (by a law enforcement official, usually) To catch an animal charge To official accuse someone of a crime conduct an investigation To investigate An investigator To do research to try to find a criminal disorderly conduct To do something that ‘disturbs the peace’ – that bothers other citizens hold up A hold-up To hold up a supermarket To hold up a convenience store To hold up a bank To rob – often with a gun kidnap Kidnapper kidnapping To abduct; to illegally capture another person Law enforcement officials To enforce the law Police officers, security guards, or others who enforce the law mastermind The initiator or leader of a plan – often an illegal one prankster A prank To play a prank on someone One who does a joke or trick that bothers others rob robber (a thief) Robbery (a crime) To steal terrorize Terror terrorist To do something that causes others to feel fear troublemaker Trouble To cause trouble To make trouble Someone who causes or makes trouble. A person who does things that bother other people – similar to a ‘prankster’ – but a bit less serious accident A sudden, negative, and unintentional event. incident A neutral word for any kind of event criminal Crook – an informal word for criminal that can also refer to a dishonest person A person who commits a crime.