2009年7月3日 星期五

lion's share, coffer, tryout, I.O.U.’s

Coffers Empty, California Pays With I.O.U.’s
By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
Vendors and taxpayers awaiting refunds will get i.o.u.’s as the governor and state lawmakers continue to wrangle over how to close a $27 billion budget gap.



The South Korean side is also covering the lion’s share of the entire tryout costs: wages and expenses for the 20-member American creative staff during its stay here (which ran from a month to 10 weeks), the Americans’ lodgings and meals, the costs of choreography and stage and costume designs (though the costumes will be remade for American actresses). By the time “Dreamgirls” reaches the Apollo, Mr. Breglio said, he will need to have raised only around $5 million, half of what it usually costs to put on a show in the United States. “This model is more important than ever because there is a real threat right now in the United States to getting these shows done,” he said in an interview here. “Even without the crisis, Broadway has gone very expensive.”


Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group, AT&T, and Frontier Wireless, a partner of U.S. satellite TV company Dish Network, took the lion's share of new airwaves.

The auctions raised a record $19.12 billion for government coffers.


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try-out Show phonetics
noun [C] INFORMAL
a test to see how useful or effective something or someone is:
After a try-out in Bath, the play is due to open in Edinburgh next month.
The try-outs for the team will be next weekend.

cof・fer


━━ n. (貴重品の)箱; 金庫; (pl.) 財源; 【建】格間(ごうま).
coffer・dam ━━ n. 【土木】締切り; 【工】潜函 ((船腹修理のための)).

lion's share

The greater part or most of something, as in Whenever they won a doubles match, Ethel claimed the lion's share of the credit, or As usual, Uncle Bob took the lion's share of the cake.

This expression alludes to Aesop's fable about a lion, who got all of a kill because its fellow hunters, an ass, fox, and wolf, were afraid to claim their share. [Late 1700s]


An IOU is a usually informal document acknowledging debt. The term is derived from the opening phrase "I owe unto" and/or the pronunciation of "I owe you". An IOU differs from a promissory note in not specifying the time of repayment. IOUs usually specify the debtor, the amount owed, and sometimes the creditor. IOUs may be signed or carry distinguishing marks or designs to ensure authenticity. In some cases, IOUs may be redeemable for a specific product or service rather than a quantity of currency.

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