2008年2月4日 星期一

a faint stodginess clings to

Another Difficulty for a Microsoft-Yahoo Marriage: Recruiting
By GARY RIVLIN and KATIE HAFNER
In an industry that favors start-ups, a faint stodginess clings to Microsoft and Yahoo that could impede their ability to draw top engineering talent.



cling
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verb clung, clung
1 [I usually + adverb or preposition] to stay close or near:
The road clings to (= closely follows) the coastline for several miles, then it turns inland.

2 [I] DISAPPROVING to stay close to someone who is caring for you, in a dependent way:
Jenny is the kind of child who always clings whenever she's taken to a new place.

clinging PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
adjective (ALSO clingy) DISAPPROVING
Jimmy is a very clingy child.




stodgy
(BORING) PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Phonetic PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
adjective UK INFORMAL DISAPPROVING
boring, serious and formal:
Neither company has succeeded in shedding its stodgy image.
Younger consumers, it is said, regard their products as stodgy and unfashionable.

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noun [U]




faint (SLIGHT) PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
adjective
not strong or clear; slight:
a faint sound/noise/smell
The lamp gave out a faint glow.
She gave me a faint smile of recognition.
There's not the faintest hope of ever finding him.
She bears a faint resemblance to my sister.
I have a faint suspicion that you may be right!




faintly PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
adverb
She seemed faintly (= slightly) embarrassed to see us there.
A light flickered faintly (= with little strength) in the distance.

faintness PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
noun [U]
the quality of not being strong or clear:
The faintness of the handwriting made the manuscript difficult to read.


faint-hearted PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Phonetic PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
adjective [before noun]
describes someone who is not confident or brave and dislikes taking unnecessary risks:
The terrorist threat in the region has kept faint-hearted tourists away.

the faint-hearted plural noun
people who are not brave:
The drive along the winding coast road is not for the faint-hearted.


(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

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