2008年12月31日 星期三

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Before Stalin Lowered the Curtain

Artist Marc Chagall, who headlines an exhibit at the Jewish Museum, is only one part of a story that enfolds in the 200-plus pieces related to the Russian-Jewish theater.




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verb [T] LITERARY
to closely hold or completely cover someone or something:
He enfolded her in his arms.

top drawer, bottom drawer

Efficiency wasn't the only reason. Frost didn't have to say aloud what everyone at the firm already appreciated. Financial Products had become the "go-to" for credit-default swaps in part because of its knowledge and reliability, but also because it had AIG's backing. The parent company's top-drawer, Triple A credit rating and its deep pockets assured customers that they could rest easy.


top drawer
adj.

Of the highest importance, rank, privilege, or merit.


bottom drawer UK OLD-FASHIONED noun [C usually singular] (US hope chest, AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH ALSO glory box)
clothes, linens, etc. that a young women traditionally collects for use after she is married:
Kate's grandmother has given her a quilt for her bottom drawer.

go under, goes into administration, in administration

Music, games and DVD retail chain Zavvi goes into administration following the problems at Woolworths.


Retailer Morgan in administration

Morgan promotional image
Morgan has been seeking a sale since the start of 2008

French women's clothing store chain Morgan has gone into administration, the latest retailer to be hit by the sharp fall in consumer spending.


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go under (FAIL) phrasal verb
If a company goes under, it fails financially:
The charity will go under unless a generous donor can be found within the next few months.


administration
n.
  1. The act or process of administering, especially the management of a government or large institution.
  2. The activity of a government or state in the exercise of its powers and duties.
  3. often Administration
    1. The executive branch of a government.
    2. The group of people who manage or direct an institution, especially a school or college.
  4. The term of office of an executive officer or body.
  5. Law. Management and disposal of a trust or estate.
  6. The dispensing, applying, or tendering of something, such as an oath, a sacrament, or medicine.
administrative ad·min'is·tra'tive (-strā'tĭv, -strə-) adj.
administratively ad·min'is·tra'tive·ly adv.

Antarctic

Glaciologist Dr Robert Mulvaney, from the British Antarctic Survey, becomes an OBE. He is one of the world's leading scientists dealing with ice cores.

ant・arc・tic

a.Opposite to the northern or arctic pole; relating to the southern pole or to the region near it, and applied especially to a circle, distant from the pole 23° 28antarctic pole, circle, ocean, region, current, etc.
━━ a., n. 南極の; (the A-) 南極; 南氷洋.
antarctic Circle (the ~) 南極圏(限界線).
antarctic Continent (the ~) 南極大陸 (Ant・arc・ti・ca ).
antarctic Ocean (the ~) 南極海, 南氷洋.
antarctic Peninsula (the ~) 南極半島 ((西南極大陸にある半島)).
antarctic Pole (the ~) 南極.