2007年8月25日 星期六

gun-shy, camera-shy

gun-shy (gŭn'shī')
adj.
  1. Afraid of loud noise, such as that of gunfire.
  2. Extremely distrustful or wary.

adj. - 怕槍炮聲的, 風聲鶴唳的

東晉時秦主苻堅率眾列陣肥水,謝玄等以八千精兵渡水還擊,秦兵大敗,潰兵聽到風聲和鶴鳴,皆以王師已至。典出晉書˙卷七十八˙謝安傳。後形容極為驚慌疑懼。宋˙李曾伯˙醉蓬萊˙問金城方略詞:見說棋邊,風聲鶴唳,膽落胡虜。紅樓夢˙第一○二回:賈珍方好,賈蓉等相繼而病。如此接連數月,鬧得兩府俱怕。從此風聲鶴唳,草木皆妖。亦作鶴唳風聲


If a Chinese company does make an actual bid for an American high-tech company, a former government official said, and that bid is blocked for political reasons, then Chinese companies may become even warier of investing in American companies and the government in Beijing may begin to suspect that Washington so distrusts China that it is trying to throw roadblocks in the path of its economic development.

“If they are blocked, I would suspect this would at a minimum contribute to their being gun-shy of the U.S. government,” said Mr. Lieberthal, a Chinese speaker who stays in close touch with a range of Chinese government officials and American corporate leaders.

contribute to sth phrasal verb
to help to cause an event or situation:
Smoking certainly contributed to his early death.

camera-shy
adjective [after verb]
If someone is camera-shy, they dislike having their photograph taken.

(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)


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