2009年3月29日 星期日

recap, clobber, qualm,coveted, recapitulate

日前傳出義大利全球知名的「莫札瑞拉」起司含高劑量戴 奧辛事件,引發進口相關國家的疑慮,其中包括台灣也有 進口莫札瑞拉起司,衛生署食品衛生處今(28)天表示,台灣進 口的莫札瑞拉起司並非來自污染區的牛奶,也將隨時留意 義大利後續監控毒起司的情況。

Fallout From the Mozzarella Scare

INSERT DESCRIPTIONWorkers produce buffalo mozzarella cheese at a Caianello, Italy, on Thursday. (Stefano Renna/Reuters)

The Italian buffalo mozzarella industry seems to finally be getting somewhere in its efforts to combat a dioxin-contamination scare that has been clobbering cheese sales.

(Quick recap: The Campania region around Naples, source of most of Italy’s buffalo milk, is also plagued by illegal burning and dumping of trash and industrial waste by the Camorra, the local mafia. Dioxins, an especially nasty type of chemical pollutant, turned up in January in buffalo milk from some dairies in the region, probably because of the dumping. Investigations, scary headlines, health warnings and consumer qualms about the otherwise coveted cheese have ensued.)

buffalo Show phonetics
noun [C] plural buffaloes or buffalo
a large animal of the cattle family, with long curved horns

clobber (HIT) Show phonetics
verb [T] INFORMAL
1 to hit someone or something hard and repeatedly:
If you do that again, I'll clobber you (one).

2 to punish someone:
The government is proposing new measures to clobber tax dodgers.

3 to harm someone financially:
The new supermarket is really going to clobber the small local shops.


qualm PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
noun [C usually plural]
an uncomfortable feeling of doubt about whether you are doing the right thing:
She had no qualms about lying to the police.


covet PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
verb [T] FORMAL
to desire something strongly, especially something which belongs to someone else:
She always coveted power but never quite achieved it.
The Booker Prize is the most coveted British literary award.

covetable PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Phonetic PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
adjective UK FORMAL
very desirable

covetous PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Phonetic PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
adjective FORMAL DISAPPROVING
desiring something too much, especially something that belongs to someone else:
Western companies are casting covetous eyes on the bargain-priced companies of eastern Europe.

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adverb FORMAL DISAPPROVING
The boys looked covetously at the shiny new motorcycles.


recap PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
verb [I or T] -pp-
to repeat the main points of an explanation or description:
Finally, the teacher recapped the main points of the lesson.
To recap, our main aim is to increase sales by 12% this year.

recap PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
noun [S]
Could you give me a quick recap on what happened in the meeting?

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recapitulate Show phonetics
verb [T]
FORMAL FOR recap

recapitulation Show phonetics
noun [S]
FORMAL FOR recap


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