2009年3月12日 星期四

allude to, rake sth in, rake over sth, rake over the coals


Warning of Germany Attack Left Online

A teenage gunman who killed himself and 15 people on Wednesday had apparently alluded to his plans on a chat room. Above, the school where the attack began.




Goldman Sachs Rakes in Profit in Credit Crisis
By JENNY ANDERSON and LANDON THOMAS Jr.
Rarely on Wall Street, where money travels in herds, has one firm gotten it so right when nearly everyone else was getting it so wrong.



rake sth in
phrasal verb [M]
rake it in 〔話〕 がっぽり金をもうける.
to earn or obtain a large amount of money:
He rakes in over £100 000 a year.
She's really raking it in (= making a lot of money).


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rake over sth phrasal verb
to keep talking or thinking about an unpleasant event or experience:
He keeps on raking over his divorce, when really he should be getting on with his life.


rake over the coals



Also, haul over the coals. Reprimand severely, as in When Dad finds out about the damage to the car, he's sure to rake Peter over the coals, or The coach hauled him over the coals for missing practice. These terms allude to the medieval torture of pulling a heretic over red-hot coals. [Early 1800s]


allude to sb/sth phrasal verb FORMAL
to mention someone or something in an indirect way:
She mentioned some trouble that she'd had at home and I guessed she was alluding to her son.

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