2016年3月27日 星期日

stickler for, dally with, for, brutality, dilly-dally

While Intel founders Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore proposed much of the chip technology that helped created the semiconductor industry, Grove was the stickler for detail who turned their ideas into actual products. He was responsible for driving growth in Intel’s profits and stock price through the 1980s and 1990s.

Brutality of Syrian Rebels Posing Dilemma in West


Many Syrian rebels have adopted some of the chillingly ruthless tactics of the government, raising the prospect that a military strike could strengthen extremists. 

 In his previous tenure, Mr. Sharif dallied with Islamists, played the role of populist redistributionist and had little sway over the military that finally ousted him in a coup in 1999. But the hope is Mr. ...

Don't dilly-dally on the way

Mother:Jamie, would you be a good boy and run down to the drugstore for me?
Son:Sure mom. What do you want me to get you?
Mother:I need a pack of paper towels and some aspirin.
Son:How much money do I need?
Mother:Here, this should be enough. And don't dilly-dally on the way. I want you to come straight back.
Son:Don't worry mom, I'll be right back.

dilly-dally (verb) To waste time, especially in indecision; dawdle or vacillate.
Synonyms:drag one's feet, procrastinate, stall, shillyshally
Usage:If you continue to dilly-dally, we will be late for choir practice.

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shovel:名詞,鏟子、鐵鍬。Tom is working with a shovel. 湯姆正在用鏟子幹活。
candidate:名詞,候選人、攻讀學位者。They were in favor of the Democratic candidate for President. 他們支持民主黨總統候選人。

Maureen Downey writes in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: American students are responding in record numbers to the constant drumbeat that they must go to college to succeed. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable of these students, those without a college-going culture in their families to inform their higher-education decisions, are marching into institutions that have little incentive to ensure they graduate. The fastest-growing campuses in higher education today are for-profit schools that rely on sleek marketing, big promises and online ads to entice low-income and minority students to their pricey programs. But these colleges post far lower graduation rates, even when compared to nonprofit open-enrollment colleges that serve the same students.

  Amid Drama of Police Trial, a Judge Unfazed
Justice Alan D. Marrus, who is presiding over a high-profile police brutality trial in Brooklyn, is a stickler for efficiency, and is known to warm jurors with a joke. 

Police Brutality Continues Under Morsi

More than two years after Mubarak’s resignation, activists say civilians are still raped, tortured and killed in police custody.

The disciplines Fleming absorbed as a correspondent for Reuters in the 1930s made him a stickler for accuracy, and the exhibition shows how this fed into Bond’s guns.

a person who thinks that a particular type of behaviour is very important, and always follows it or tries to make other people follow it:
He's a stickler for detail/accuracy/efficiency.

A person who insists on a certain quality or type of behaviour:he’s a stickler for accuracyI’m a stickler when it comes to timekeeping

(fôr; fər ) pronunciation
    1. Used to indicate the object, aim, or purpose of an action or activity: trained for the ministry; put the house up for sale; plans to run for senator.
    2. Used to indicate a destination: headed off for town.
  1. Used to indicate the object of a desire, intention, or perception: had a nose for news; eager for success.
    1. Used to indicate the recipient or beneficiary of an action: prepared lunch for us.
    2. On behalf of: spoke for all the members.
    3. In favor of: Were they for or against the proposal?
    4. In place of: a substitute for eggs.
    1. Used to indicate equivalence or equality: paid ten dollars for a ticket; repeated the conversation word for word.
    2. Used to indicate correlation or correspondence: took two steps back for every step forward.
    1. Used to indicate amount, extent, or duration: a bill for five dollars; walked for miles; stood in line for an hour.
    2. Used to indicate a specific time: had an appointment for two o'clock.
    3. Used to indicate a number of attempts: shot three for four from the foul line.
    1. As being: take for granted; mistook me for the librarian.
    2. Used to indicate an actual or implied listing or choosing: For one thing, we can't afford it.
  2. As a result of; because of: jumped for joy.
  3. Used to indicate appropriateness or suitability: It will be for the judge to decide.
  4. Notwithstanding; despite: For all the problems, it was a valuable experience.
    1. As regards; concerning: a stickler for neatness.
    2. Considering the nature or usual character of: was spry for his advanced age.
    3. In honor of: named for her grandmother.
Because; since.

[Middle English, from Old English.]


Syllabification: (bru·tal·i·ty)
Pronunciation: /bro͞oˈtalitē/
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savage physical violence; great cruelty:brutality against civilians


bru • tal • i • ty
brutalities (複数形)
1 [U]獣性, 残忍性, 無慈悲.
2 蛮行, 残虐行為
a case of brutality


 (stĭk'lər) pronunciation
  1. One who insists on something unyieldingly: a stickler for neatness.
  2. Something puzzling or difficult.


Pronunciation: /ˈdali/
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Definition of dally

verb (dallies, dallying, dallied)

[no object]
  • 1act or move slowly:she’d dallied upstairs long enough to put on a little make-up
  • 2 (dally with) have a casual romantic or sexual liaison with:he should stop dallying with film stars
  • show a casual interest in:the company was dallying with the idea of opening a new office





Middle English: from Old French dalier 'to chat', of unknown origin