2008年10月7日 星期二

ballyhoo,hermetic, sojourn

This book combines all of Angelika Taschen's recommendations for Paris hotels, shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars into one volume, ensuring visitors a wealth of ideas and a guarantee that their Parisian sojourn will never have a dull moment.


The Shanghai sojourn, coming after visits to Taiwan and Hong Kong, was a final bit of calm on the orchestra’s Asian tour. The players were to travel on Saturday to Beijing, the staging ground for the ballyhooed journey to the hermetic, rigidly controlled nation of North Korea for a concert on Tuesday, a trip that was producing some anxiety among them.


sojourn

noun [C] LITERARY
a short period when a person stays in a particular place:
My sojourn in the youth hostel was thankfully short.

sojourn
verb [I usually + adverb or preposition] LITERARY

staging area
noun [C]
a place where soldiers and equipment are gathered together and prepared before military activity


staging post noun [C] UK
a place where stops are regularly made on long journeys:
Hong Kong is often used as a staging post on flights from Melbourne to London.
FIGURATIVE For people who have spent a long time in a mental hospital, a hostel acts as an important staging post (= a place to stay temporarily) between the hospital and a home of their own.

stag・ing


━━ n. (建築物の)足場; 上演; 駅馬車旅行; 駅馬車業; 【軍】(前進のための)部隊集結.
staging post 【航空】中間着陸地; (一般に)一過程.



ballyhoo
noun [U] OLD-FASHIONED SLANG
a lot of noise and activity, often with no real purpose:
I can't see what all this ballyhoo is about.


hermetic
adjective
1 SPECIALIZED (of a container) so tightly closed that no air can leave or enter:
a hermetic seal

2 FORMAL If a particular group is hermetic, the people who live within it rarely communicate with those who live outside it:
He entered the hermetic world of the monastery at a young age.







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