2017年1月14日 星期六

scramble. stem, buckle, jump ship, subpar, high-flying

Feeling overwhelmed and overworked does not signify that you’re a subpar employee.

As Wall Street buckles, 20th Century Fox is reportedly fast-tracking a sequel to "Wall Street", the iconic movie of the now-deceased world of highflying 1980s finance.



TOP STORY
A Decade Later,
John Meriwether
Must Scramble Again
LTCM Founder Has Tough Time
Stemming Losses at New Funds;
A Withdrawal Deadline Nears
By JENNY STRASBURG
Ten years after overseeing a hedge-fund collapse that buckled the world's financial markets, John Meriwether again is scrambling to stem losses and keep investors from jumping ship.
Mr. Meriwether is best known as a founder of Long-Term Capital Management, which in 1998 lost $4 billion. That helped foster a global financial crisis and triggered both a Wall Street-led bailout and congressional hearings on the dangers of hedge funds, the freewheeling pools for wealthy investors and institutions that often trade heavily and rely on borrowed money to bolster returns.
Now, Mr. Meriwether's biggest fund, a bond portfolio, has plunged 28% this year; another, broader market fund is down 6%. Both had subpar performances last year.


scramble (MOVE QUICKLY)
verb
1 [I usually + adverb or preposition] to move or climb quickly but with difficulty, often using your hands to help you:
She scrambled up the steep hillside and over the rocks.
He scrambled into his clothes (= put them on quickly) and raced to fetch a doctor.
As the burning plane landed, the terrified passengers scrambled for the door (= tried to reach the door quickly).

2 [I] to compete with other people for something there is very little of:
[+ to infinitive] People are scrambling to buy property before prices rise even further.

scramble 
noun [S]
1 a climb which is difficult so that you have to use your hands to help you:
It was a real scramble to the top of the hillside.

2 an act of hurrying:
[+ to infinitive] As soon as the plane landed there was a mad/wild scramble to get out.

3 a hurried attempt to get something:
After the death of the dictator there was an unseemly scramble for power among the generals.

stem (STOP)
verb [T] -mm-
1 to stop something unwanted from spreading or increasing:
These measures are designed to stem the rise of violent crime.
We must take action to stem the tide of resignations.

2 to stop the flow of a liquid such as blood:
She tied a handkerchief around the wound to stem the flow of blood.


buckle (BEND)
verb [I or T]
to bend or become bent, often as a result of force, heat or weakness:
The intense heat from the fire had caused the factory roof to buckle.
Both wheels on the bicycle had been badly buckled.
I felt faint and my knees began to buckle.

n.
  1. A clasp for fastening two ends, as of straps or a belt, in which a device attached to one of the ends is fitted or coupled to the other.
  2. An ornament that resembles this clasp, such as a metal square on a shoe or hat.
  3. An instance of bending, warping, or crumpling; a bend or bulge.

v., -led, -ling, -les. v.tr.
  1. To fasten with a buckle.
  2. To cause to bend, warp, or crumple.
v.intr.
  1. To become fastened with a buckle.
  2. To bend, warp, or crumple, as under pressure or heat.
  3. To give way; collapse: My knees buckled with fear.
  4. To succumb, as to exhaustion or authority; give in: finally buckled under the excessive demands of the job.
phrasal verbs:
buckle down
  1. To apply oneself with determination.
buckle up
  1. To use a safety belt, especially in an automobile.
[Middle English bokel, from Old French boucle, from Latin buccula, cheek strap of a helmet, diminutive of bucca, cheek.]



jump ship
if you jump ship, you leave a job or activity suddenly before it is finished, especially to go and work for someone else. Another advertising agency offered him $1000 to jump ship.

SUBPARadj.
  1. Not measuring up to traditional standards of performance, value, or production.
  2. Below par in a hole, round, or game of golf.

high-flyer, high-flier 
noun [C]
someone who has a lot of ability and a strong desire to be successful and is therefore expected to achieve a lot:
High-flyers in the industry typically earn 25% more than their colleagues.

high-flyer 
group noun [C] (ALSO high-flier) MAINLY UK
an extremely successful organization, business or team

high-flying
adjective [before noun]
extremely successful:
a high-flying investment banker

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