2013年6月24日 星期一

browbeat, whack, bushwhack, high-minded, out of whack, whack-a-mole


HAMDEN, Conn. — Lawrence F. Gall, an entomologist at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale, bushwhacked his way through the muddy thickets leading to the River Road colony here, the epicenter of what is believed to be the world's only preserve dedicated to Magicicada septendecim, the 17-year periodical cicada.康涅狄格州哈姆登——耶魯大學(Yale University)皮博迪自然歷史博物館(Peabody Museum of Natural History)的昆蟲學家勞倫斯·F·加爾(Lawrence F. Gall)在一片泥濘的灌木叢中開路,這片灌木林通向本地的河路地區?,該地區據信是全世界唯一一個專門保護十七年蟬(又稱週期蟬。——譯註)的保護區的中心地帶。


Few Japanese want to pay $60 per month to use a phone that can't shoot video, receive TV signals or text-message photos.
"The pricing has been completely out of whack with market reality," one expert on the Japanese cell-phone market tells Wired News. "I think they [Apple and its partners overseas] are in the process of adjusting to local conditions."



high-minded
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adjective
having very high moral standards of behaviour

(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

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Is PBS Still Necessary?
These days there are many high-minded options for viewers like you.
選前三段 它說明公共電視收視率低和收音 NPR節目更熱門
FOR the eighth straight year the Bush administration has ritually proposed taking a hefty whack out of the federal subsidy for public broadcasting. The cuts would in effect slice in half the money that public television and public radio get from the government. If we follow the usual script, this means it’s time for upset listeners and viewers to rally to the cause, as they have in the past, and browbeat Congress into restoring the budget.

Every year, though, it gets a little harder to muster the necessary outrage, and now and then a heretical thought presents itself: What if the glory days of public television — the days of “Monty Python,” “Upstairs Downstairs,” “The French Chef” — are past recapturing? Lately the audience for public TV has been shrinking even faster than the audience for the commercial networks. The average PBS show on prime time now scores about a 1.4 Nielsen rating, or roughly what the wrestling show “Friday Night Smackdown” gets.
On the other side of the ledger the audience for public radio has been growing: there are more than 30 million listeners now, compared to just 2 million in 1980. “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” NPR’s morning and evening news programs, are the second and fourth most listened to shows in the country. Go figure. Who would have guessed 40 years ago, when public broadcasting came into being, that the antique medium, the one supposedly on its way out, would prove to be the greater success and the one more technically nimble. You can even download NPR broadcasts onto your iPod.


brow·beat (brou'bēt') pronunciationtr.v., -beat, -beat·en (-bēt'n), -beat·ing, -beats.
To intimidate or subjugate by an overbearing manner or domineering speech; bully. See synonyms at intimidate.

whack (NOT WORKING) Show phonetics
noun US INFORMAL
out of whack not operating correctly or looking right:
You can use Carol's old bike - the gears are out of whack, but it still goes.

whack (SHARE) Show phonetics
noun [U]
1 INFORMAL a share or part:
Low earners will pay only half the charge but high earners will have to pay full whack (= pay the whole amount).
That's not a fair whack.

2 UK INFORMAL top whack the highest possible price or payment:
They're prepared to pay top whack for goods like this.



whack (HIT) Show phonetics
verb
1 [T] to hit something noisily:
He whacked the tree trunk with his stick.
She whacked him in the mouth.

2 [T + adverb or preposition] INFORMAL to quickly put something somewhere:
"Where shall I put my bag?" "Just whack it in the corner there."

whack Show phonetics
noun [C]
He gave the ball a whack with his stick.




bushwhack

Pronunciation: /ˈbʊʃwak/

Definition of bushwhack

verb

  • 1 [no object] (often as noun bushwhacking) North American & Australian/NZ live or travel in bush country: I have not seen a bear yet after seven days of bushwhacking
  • [with adverbial of direction] cut or push one’s way through dense vegetation:he’d bushwhacked down the steep slopes
  • work clearing scrub and felling trees in bush country.
  • 2 [no object] North American engage in guerrilla warfare.
  • [with object] surprise (someone) by attacking them from a hidden place; ambush.
參考:
Whack-a-mole
[from the carnival game which involves quickly and repeatedly hitting the heads of mechanical moles with a mallet as they pop up from their holes.]

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