2016年6月10日 星期五

headbutt, butt, cranky, to work (one's) butt off

Howard Dean, in the NYT, discussing when he dropped out in 2000.

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Howard Dean, a Democrat and a former governor of Vermont, can sympathize. “It’s very hard to concede,” he said. “You are tired. You are cranky. You’ve worked your butt off for two years.”

End of the road

After nearly 30 years, production will end for the Yugo - one of the world's cheapest cars and the former Yugoslavia's most famous export. Bid a fond farewell to the vehicle that has long been the butt of jokes for its lack of style and reliability.  2008

Verb[edit]

to work (one's) butt off
  1. (idiomatic) To work very hard or to excess.

Synonyms[edit]



butt
One that serves as an object of ridicule or contempt: I was the butt of their jokes.

butt (HIT)
verb [I or T]
to hit something or someone hard with the head or the horns


cranky 

Pronunciation: /ˈkraŋki/ 

ADJECTIVE (crankiercrankiest)

1British informal Eccentric or strange:a cranky scheme to pipe ground-level ozone into the stratosphere
2chiefly North American Bad-temperedirritable:he was cranky after eight hours of working
3(Of a machine) working erratically:after a juddering landing the cranky plane eased up the runway




A headbutt is a strike with the head, typically involving the use of robust parts of the cranium as area of impact. Effective headbutting revolves around striking a sensitive area with a less sensitive area, such as striking the nose of an opponent with the forehead. It is known as a risky maneuver: a misplaced headbutt can cause more damage to the headbutter than the headbuttee.

Etymology

From French boter = "to push or strike". Rams are well known for butting with their heads and horns. From this the terms battering ram and hydraulic ram are derived. Many males in various animal species employ butting during courtship.

Zinedine Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi during the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals.
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Zinedine Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi during the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals.
Headbutts are generally forbidden in most sports.

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