2017年5月9日 星期二

catch up with, catch (sb) up, spectator, onlooker, Tightened Belt, make a spectacle of yourself

The Ties That Align
Like two old girlfriends catching up, they ignored onlookers, hugged and laughed.
(By Krissah Thompson, The Washington Post)



Tightened Belt: China Skimps on Its Grand Trade Plan A2

The relatively modest Chinese investments in Xi Jinping’s signature foreign-policy initiative contrast with soaring official rhetoric, suggesting that economic realities are catching up with Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” plan.


A woman stabbed another woman in the neck at Art Basel in Miami, but some onlookers wondered if it was part of the show.


Won't you please stop making such a private spectacle of yourself.






Getting Your Kicks on Television 

By SETH SCHIESEL
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has emerged from almost complete disrepute to become perhaps the fastest-growing spectator sport in America.



catch up with



PHRASAL VERB


  • 1Succeed in reaching a person who is ahead of one.
    ‘you go with Stasia and Katie, and I'll catch up with you’
  • 2Talk to (someone) whom one has not seen for some time in order to find out what they have been doing.
    ‘it's a chance to catch up with old friends’
  • 3Begin to have a damaging effect on.
    ‘the physical exertions began to catch up with Sue’

spectator

(spĕk''tərpronunciation

An observer of an event.
[Latin spectātor, from spectāre, to watch. See spectacle.]
Someone who observes: beholderbystanderlooker-onobserveronlookerwatcherSeeawareness/unawarenesssee/not see.

a person who watches an activity, especially a sports event, without taking part:
They won 4-0 in front of over 40 000 cheering spectators.


n. - 觀眾, 旁觀者, 目擊者
━━ n. 見物人; 目撃者; 傍観者.

The very reason why art is finer when it shows rather than tells is that comprehension is then immediate, not discursive. Ideally, the spectator must absorb - in order to be absorbed; and this means that the critic should shut up until he is wanted.

Clio and the doctors: psycho-history, quanto-history, & history by J. Barzun


spectator sport noun [C]
a sport which people go to watch:
Football is certainly the biggest spectator sport in Britain.

make a spectacle of yourself
to do something that makes you look stupid and attracts other people's attention:
I wasn't going to make a spectacle of myself just to give you a laugh!



catch (sb) up (REACH SOMEONE) phrasal verb
to reach someone in front of you by going faster than them:
I ran after her and managed to catch up with her.
UK Go on to the shops without me, I'll catch you up.

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