2014年11月25日星期二

raise hell, hell-raiser,ruffle, feather-rufflers, ruckus


People keep telling me Democrats lost in the midterms because of President Obama’s unpopularity. Wrong. They lost because they stopped being Democrats. At a time when inequality of income, wealth, and power is greater than it’s been in 90 years, the party of FDR had an opportunity to come out swinging for average working people, but didn’t. Although demographics is on their side (see my post yesterday), Dems may still lose in 2016 if they don’t start raising hell about what’s happening to most Americans. You agree?


the wind-ruffled blue of the English Channel

'They Eat Puppies, Don't They?'

By CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY
Reviewed by ALIDA BECKER
Christopher Buckley's comic hero stirs up a ruckus with China.


China Manufacturing Ruffled by Japan Disasters
ABC News
Chinese manufacturers added workers but saw scant growth in orders in April amid delays in supplies resulting from Japan's earthquake and tsunami. London-based HSBC said Friday its China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index remained at 51.8 in April ...



至少,惠普的這場口水仗表明,高管中敢於“直言犯忌”的人比市場期望的要少。即便CEO們感到現在不得不保持緘默(因為保持緘默有時候有助於他們保住自己的飯碗),他們也可以對退休之後暢所欲言心嚮往之。在我看來,相比更為常見的退休後出路(加入政府專責小組,比以前更守口如瓶),作公司“惹事佬”的工作更有意義。

At the very least, what the HP spat shows is that there is a gap in the market for more feather-rufflers among top people. Even if CEOs feel they have to keep quiet as holding their tongues is helpful when it comes to holding on to their jobs, free speech could be something they look forward to in retirement. The job of corporate hell-raiser strikes me as much more worthwhile than the more common retirement route of joining a government taskforce and keeping lips zipped tighter than ever.



raise hell

informal

Definition of raise hell in English:

1.1Complain vociferously:he raised hell with polluters



hell-raiser
(hĕl''zər)
n.
A rowdy, troublesome, or unruly person.



ruffle
(rŭf'əl) pronunciation
n.
  1. A strip of frilled or closely pleated fabric used for trimming or decoration.
  2. A ruff on a bird.
    1. A ruckus or fray.
    2. Annoyance; vexation.
  3. An irregularity or a slight disturbance of a surface.

v., -fled, -fling, -fles. v.tr.
  1. To disturb the smoothness or regularity of; ripple.
  2. To pleat or gather (fabric) into a ruffle.
  3. To erect (the feathers). Used of birds.
  4. To discompose; fluster: a book that is bound to ruffle some people.
  5. To flip through (the pages of a book).
  6. To shuffle (cards).
v.intr.
  1. To become irregular or rough.
  2. To flutter.
  3. To become flustered.
[From Middle English ruffelen, to roughen.]

ruf·fle2 (rŭf'əl) pronunciation
n.
A low continuous beating of a drum that is not as loud as a roll. Also called ruff.

tr.v., -fled, -fling, -fles.
To beat a ruffle on (a drum).

[Probably from frequentative of RUFF4.]

ruf·fle3 (rŭf'əl) pronunciation
intr.v., -fled, -fling, -fles.
To behave arrogantly or roughly; swagger.

[Middle English ruffelen, to quarrel.]


ruffle[ruf・fle1]

  • レベル:社会人必須
  • 発音記号[rʌ'fl]
[動](他)
1 〈水面などを〉波だたせる;…をしわにする;〈髪などを〉くしゃくしゃにする((up))
ruffle one's hair
髪をくしゃくしゃにする
The wind ruffled the surface of the water.
風で水の面が波だった.
2 〈人・心を〉怒らせる, かき乱す((up)).
3 〈鳥が〉〈羽を〉(怒ったりおびえたりして)立てる((時にup)).
4 〈布などに〉ひだをとる.
5 〈本のページを〉ぱらぱらめくる;〈トランプを〉切る.
━━(自)
1 しわくちゃになる;〈水面が〉波だつ;〈髪が〉くしゃくしゃになる.
2 〈人が〉いらだつ;((古))いばりちらす.
ruffle it (out)
いばる, いばり散らす.
━━[名]
1 さざ波, 波紋.
2 ひだ飾り, ひだべり(状のもの);(鳥獣の)えり羽.
3 [C][U]不安, 動揺, 困惑, いらだち, 立腹.
4 小ぜりあい;((古))けんか, 騒動.
-fled
[形]乱れた, くしゃくしゃになった;ひだべり[ひだ飾り]のついた;えり羽のある.


ruckus[ruck・us]

  • 発音記号[rʌ'kəs]
[名][U][C]
1 ((米略式))大騒ぎ, 騒動, 騒々しいけんか
raisecreate] a ruckus
大騒ぎする.
2 激しい論争.