By MICHAEL COOPER and DALIA SUSSMAN
Though a focus on taxes is helping John McCain, Sarah Palin is weighing down the Republican ticket, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
weigh sb/sth down (LOAD) phrasal verb [M usually passive]
If someone or something is weighed down with something, they are carrying a lot of or too much of it:
Weighed down with supplies, they found the steep path difficult to climb.
weigh sb down (WORRY) phrasal verb [M usually passive]
to make a person feel worried and unhappy because of problems, responsibilities and duties:
I thought she looked somehow older, weighed down by all her new responsibilities.
Too much responsibility when too young can weigh down on a child.
Definitionwhere Show phonetics
1 to, at or in what place:
Where does he live?
"I put it on your desk." "Where? I can't see it?"
Where are we going?
Now where did I put my glasses?
Where's the party being held?
Could you tell me where Barker Drive is please?
Where did you put my umbrella?
I've left my keys somewhere and I don't know where.
You've found my diary - where on earth was it?
I've been meaning to ask you where you get your hair cut.
Bradford, where Bren comes from, has a lot of good curry restaurants.
She lived in Rome for a couple of years, where she taught English.
You see where Mira is standing? Well, he's behind her.
I like to have him next to me where I can keep an eye on him.
I read it somewhere - I don't know where (= in which book, newspaper etc.).
2 used when referring to a particular stage in a process or activity:
You reach a point in any project where you just want to get the thing finished.
I've reached the stage where I just don't care any more.
3 in what situation:
You're not available on the 12th and Andrew can't make the 20th - so where does that leave us?
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
A Belgian public TV network has scrapped the airing of a controversial
episode on Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's "favorite dish" on a popular
culinary show after widespread protests by Jewish groups.
The DW-WORLD Article
1. One who delivers or sponsors an announcement, commercial, or program on a radio or television station or network, including station and network owners or operators, performers, and advertisers.
2. Owner or operator of a radio or television station or network.
The Success of Early Voting
Early voting has many advantages, but the main one is that it makes it likely that more eligible voters will participate in democracy.
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這個周末「二十國集團」（G20）的財政部長們聚集在倫敦，共商如何因應當前全球金融危機大計，以期為四月初即將在英國召開的「二十國集團」高峰會議鋪路。 上周三，英國財相達林（Alistair Darling）特別就周末的「二十國集團」財長會議，在倫敦外籍記者協會（FPA）舉行 ...
the person in the British Government who is responsible for deciding tax levels and how much money the Government can spend
Early voting, is the process which voters can cast their vote on a single or series of days prior to an election. Early voting can take place remotely, such as by mail, or in person, usually in designated early voting polling stations. The availability and time periods for early voting vary based on jurisdiction and type of election. The goal of early voting is usually to increase participation and relieve congestion of polling stations on Election Day.
An advance poll (also "advance voting") is held in some elections to allow participation by voters who may not be able to vote on the set election day(s). This may include people who will be out of the polling area during the election period, poll workers, campaign workers, people with medical procedures scheduled for that time, among others.
Guard rail, sometimes referred to as guide rail, is a system designed to keep people or vehicles from (in most cases unintentionally) straying into dangerous or off-limits areas. A handrail is less restrictive than a guard rail and provides both support and the protective limitation of a boundary.Wikipedia article "Guard rail".
2008The art went up as the city was debating the fallout of the deadly attacks in Mumbai last month. After a series of bomb scares, security at the displays was doubled. The installations, with expensive DVDs, projectors, plasma TV and lights, were put in places crowded with henna artists, homeless beggars, shoe-polishers, map-sellers and stray dogs.
n. - 指甲花, 紅褐色, 指甲花染料
v. tr. - 用棕紅色染劑染...
n. - ヘンナ, ヘンナ染料
DJ: n. (名詞 noun)
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We’ll say at the outset that the answer, at least according to Google’s Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, is zippo. “I would not read anything into the ...
Definition of Zippo: Babylon English-English n. (Slang) zip, zero, nothing, zilch.
Scourge of the deep, many knew him as the rakish Captain Quint
Sep 25th 2008
The adjective has 2 meanings:Meaning #2: marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness
Synonyms: devil-may-care, raffish
London's Tawdry Tabloids Turn Upmarket
(By Karla Adam, The Washington Post)
LONDON — Any writer who has struggled to “do the words” would take heart from the self-effacing assessment written for himself by Ian Fleming, the raffish Englishman born 100 years ago this month who became one of the most successful authors of his time through the creation of the world’s best-loved spy, James Bond.
not making yourself noticeable; not trying to get the attention of other people; modest:
The captain was typically self-effacing when questioned about the team's successes, giving credit to the other players.
not following usual social standards of behaviour or appearance, especially in a careless and attractive way:
He has a certain raffish elegance.
adj. ━━ a. 品のない, けばけばしい; やくざ風の.
- Cheaply or showily vulgar in appearance or nature; tawdry.
- Characterized by a carefree or fun-loving unconventionality; rakish.
[Probably from dialectal raff, rubbish, from Middle English raf, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]raffishly raff'ish·ly adv.
raffishness raff'ish·ness n.
tawdry Show phonetics
looking bright and attractive but in fact cheap and of low quality
tawdriness Show phonetics
tabloid Show phonetics
noun [C], adjective
a type of popular newspaper with small pages which has many pictures and short simple reports:
the tabloid press
a tabloid newspaper
The Decided Go in Droves to Vote Early
By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
Early voting has been a hit, in grocery stores or out car windows, and millions have already cast ballots.
China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since their split in 1949 when Mao Zedong's Communists won the Chinese civil war and drove Chiang Kai-shek's defeated Nationalists to the island.
The Nationalist government, still formally styled the Republic of China, held China's U.N. seat until 1971 when the world body switched recognition to Beijing. It has failed in successive re-entry bids over the past 15 years.
Definitiondroves Show phonetics
a large group, especially of people, moving towards a place:
Every summer droves of sightseers crowd the city.
Fans came in droves/UK ALSO in their droves to see her concerts.
style (TITLE) Show phonetics
to give a title to a person or group:
[+ noun] She styles herself 'Doctor' but she doesn't have a degree.
See also self-styled.
adjective [before noun] USUALLY DISAPPROVING
given a name or title by yourself without any official reason for it:
The media appears to be full of self-styled 'experts' who are happy to give their views on subjects that they actually know very little about.
By THOM SHANKER
The defense secretary offered a broad interpretation of the nation’s powers of self-defense in a post-Sept. 11 world.
- The act or a means of deterring.
- Measures taken by a state or an alliance of states to prevent hostile action by another state.
de・ter・rence ━━ n. 制止, 抑止; 戦争抑止.
Panel to Review Arson Claims in Deadly 1977 Kentucky Fire
By STACY L. NEITZEL
Though initial reports blamed faulty wiring for a fire that killed 165 nightclub patrons in Southgate, rumors of arson have persisted ever since.
patronize(pā'trə-nīz', păt'rə-) tr.v., -ized, -iz·ing, -iz·es.
- To act as a patron to; support or sponsor.
- To go to as a customer, especially on a regular basis.
- To treat in a condescending manner.
Definitionpatron (SUPPORTER) Show phonetics
a person or group that supports an activity or organization, especially by giving money:
The Princess Royal is a well-known patron of several charities.
patronage Show phonetics
the support given to an organization by someone:
The Conservative Party enjoys the patronage of much of the business community.
derogatory Hide phonetics
showing strong disapproval and not showing respect:
He made some derogatory comment/remark about her appearance.