2016年5月4日 星期三

piddle, squander, move the needle, intricacies, uncover, feverishly

Ted Cruz ended his campaign after losing badly to Donald Trump in the Indiana primaries on May 3rd. In April our Lexington columnist warned that the Texan was squandering a great chance handed to him by Stop-Trump Republicans

“Anheuser-Busch InBev is focused on beer and if it were to look for targets, only a few would move the needle — and the biggest is SABMiller.”


Special Feature Why did millions of money-making post-holiday clicks suddenly disappear from the world's largest search engine? It depends on who you ask. Some people blame a soft economy, insisting that Google is well on its way to piddling quarterly revenues. But Google disagrees. CEO Eric Schmidt and company claim that they planned the whole thing - that this dip in paid clicks indicates that both Google and its advertisers are richer than ever.Google's riches rely on ads, algorithms, and worldwide confusion


Detroit's Big Three automakers are all scrambling to reassure Congress that any money they receive will not be squandered.Reportedly, wave-powered vessels were studied in Britain at the end of the 19th century. I also heard about a record of an experimental vessel that moved very slowly. However, when people in the 20th century started using fossil fuels and squandering them like water, such vessels were deemed needless.




Federal officials, who worked feverishly over the weekend to complete the restructuring, said they thought they had no choice but to prop up A.I.G., because its business and trading activities are so intricately woven through the world's banking system.


The English-language ads were introduced in January 2007 by BBDO Worldwide in New York, part of the Omnicom Group. The Spanish-language ads, due to begin appearing next Monday, carry the theme “Uncover the fun inside yourself. Become an M&M.”



Berlin Exhibitions Explore Ancient Art and Civilizations

Berlin hosts two special exhibitions exploring the art and culture of the
Lucani tribe from ancient Italy and the Babylonians. Both detail the
intricacies and complexities of two very advanced civilizations.



"These are useful distinctions for CIOs when thinking about talent management," says Austin. "An IT organization needs all kinds of talent—skilled workers in security and databases, and architects for putting lots of complex things together."
Potential consultants for Specialisterne undergo a five-month training process that familiarizes them with the intricacies of LEGO Mindstorms technology. According to the case, "There was a natural fit between LEGO robot kits, called Mindstorms, the inclinations of ASD consultants, and the work they might do for Specialisterne." --The Surprising Right Fit for Software Testing

intricate
adjective ━━ a. 入組んだ, 複雑な; 難解な.
having a lot of small parts or details that are arranged in a complicated way and are therefore sometimes difficult to understand, solve or produce:
The watch mechanism is extremely intricate and very difficult to repair.
Police officers uncovered an intricate web of deceit.

intricately
adverb
an intricately engraved pendant

intricacy noun [U]
the intricacy of the needlework

intricacies
plural noun
complicated details:
I enjoyed the film, but I couldn't follow all the intricacies of the plot.

uncover Show phonetics
verb [T]
1 to discover something secret or hidden or remove something covering something else:
The investigation uncovered evidence of a large-scale illegal trade in wild birds.
The biography is an attempt to uncover the inner man.

2 to find something buried under the ground by removing the earth on top of it:
Digging in her garden, she uncovered a hoard of gold dating back to the 9th century.

fever (EXCITEMENT)
noun [U]
a state of great excitement:
The whole country seems to be in the grip of football fever.

fevered adjective [usually before noun] DISAPPROVING
unnaturally excited or active:
The film is clearly the product of a fevered imagination.

feverish
adjective [before noun]
Have you seen the feverish activity in the kitchen?

feverishly
adverb
They worked feverishly to meet the deadline.



 move the needle


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    Make a significant difference. This would be referring to the needle of a measurement instrument; moving the needle would be really showing up on the measurement scale.Sep 18, 2012


piddle

(pĭd'l) pronunciation
v., -dled, -dling, -dles. v.tr.
To use triflingly; squander: piddle away one's time.
v.intr.
  1. To spend time aimlessly; diddle.
  2. Informal. To urinate.
[Origin unknown.]


squander 
verb [T]
to spend or use money or supplies in a wasteful way, or to waste opportunities by not using them to your advantage:
They'll quite happily squander a whole year's savings on two weeks in the sun.
Ireland squandered several chances, including a penalty that cost them the game.

VERB

[WITH OBJECT]
1Waste (something, especially money or time) in a reckless and foolish manner:£100m of taxpayers' money has been squandered on administering the tax
1.1Allow (an opportunity) to pass or be lost:the team squandered several good scoring chances