2013年11月28日 星期四

all but, clinch, title, final,passage (LAW), play hardball


Steve Patrizi, head of partner marketing at Pinterest, said stores were going

Retailers Seek Partners in Social Networks

By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS
Brick and mortar stores like Target and Walmart are engaging heavily with social networks, notably Pinterest, to clinch holiday sales.
Vonn and Miller All but Clinch Titles
Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller all but assured themselves an American double at the World Cup Alpine skiing finals.


"The deal all but clinches passage of one of the largest economic rescue programs since Franklin Roosevelt launched the New Deal," notes the Wall Street Journal.


Democrats Woo Abortion Foes in Push for Health Bill
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and ROBERT PEAR
House Democratic leaders were exploring a deal that would clinch the votes to pass the legislation, but they faced stiff resistance from lawmakers who support abortion rights.



passage (LAW) 
noun [U] FORMAL
the official approval of something, especially a new law:
He again urged passage of a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion.




all but
almost:
The game was all but over by the time we arrived.clinch (WIN) Show phonetics
verb [T] INFORMAL
to finally get or win something:
I hear he finally clinched the deal to buy the land he wanted.clinch (DECIDE) 
verb INFORMAL
clinch it to make someone decide what to do after a lot of consideration or discussion:
When they said the job would involve travelling to Paris, that clinched it (for her) (= that made her certain that she wanted the job).

clincher 
noun [C usually singular]
It was the offer of a large discount on the TV that was the real clincher (= the fact that made us decide to buy it).

clinch (HOLD) noun [C]
the position two people are in when they are holding each other tightly in their arms, when fighting or showing affection

title (SPORTS PRIZE)
noun [C]
the position you get by beating all other competitors in a sports competition:
Hendry won the world snooker title after a tense 35-frame final.

final (COMPETITION)
noun [C]
the last in a series of games, races or competitions, usually the one in which the winner is chosen:
Last year we got through to the final.
The men's basketball final will be on Sunday.

finalist 
noun [C]
a person or group competing in a final

the finals plural noun
the last set of games in a competition:
Do you think Scotland will qualify for the European Championship finals?

Big Wins for Clinton in Texas and Ohio; McCain Clinches Race as Foe Concedes


Microsoft may simply raise its offer to clinch a deal. But Mr. Liddell, speaking generally about negotiations last week to The Times, seemed to suggest he was willing to play hardball. "You have to be willing to walk away," he said.

Breaking the Clinch
By DAVID BROOKS
Iraq already has the psychological conditions that have undergirded the great bloodbaths of recent years.




play hardball MAINLY US INFORMAL
to be firm and determined in order to get what you want:
He's a nice guy, but he can play hardball when he needs to.





Microsoft may simply raise its offer to clinch a deal. But Mr. Liddell, speaking generally about negotiations last week to The Times, seemed to suggest he was willing to play hardball. "You have to be willing to walk away," he said.

Microsoft is planning to crisscross the nation to meet with Yahoo's largest shareholders in an election-style campaign, hoping they can put pressure on Yahoo's board, people briefed on the company's plans told The Times.

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━━ v. (抜けないようにくぎの頭を)打ち曲げる; 締める; (議論・契約などを)決定する; 【ボクシング】クリンチする; 〔俗〕 (恋人同士などが)しっかり抱き合う.
━━ n. くぎ先の打ち曲げ; 【ボクシング】クリンチ; 〔俗〕 (男女の)抱擁.
clinch・er ━━ n. 打ち曲げる道具; 〔話〕 決定的な議論, 決め手.


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