2016年3月24日 星期四

altercation, ad-lib. fillip, smack, smackdown, battle royal, ride-hailing

The Uber Model, It Turns Out, Doesn’t Translate

The ride-hailing service is a giant, but companies that aim to get stuff done on demand for customers, like food delivery, grocery shopping and parking, are faltering.

On a different note, Boris Johnson’s altercation with a taxi driver was caught on camera-phone by a passer-by this week. Heckled about the threat that the ride-hailing service Uber poses to black-cab drivers, Johnson shot back “Fuck off and die – and not in that order”, which doesn’t even make sense. 

The president's ad-libbed line was partisan comedic timing at its best

Obama's epic Republican smackdown has made him an internet hero


Ballmer told the Seattle Times that he is retiring now because if waited until his youngest son went to college, as he had considered, that would put his departure smack in the middle of a big company transition. That echoes what he said in his memo to employees Friday. Ballmer told the Times his decision wasn’t prompted by pressure from shareholders, and he told ZDNet that it had nothing to do with the short term.

While on a private errand, Zimmerman saw Martin walking inside the gated community where he was visiting his father and his father's fiancée. Zimmerman called the Sanford Police Department to report Martin's appearance and behavior as suspicious. Shortly afterwards, there was an altercation, which ended with Zimmerman fatally shooting Martin once in the chest at close range

Iraqi Shoe-Thrower Gets Taste of Own Medicine
At a news conference in Paris, the man who threw his shoes at President Bush last year is nearly smacked with another.

Leave the coasts behind: America's hottest new dining destination lies smack in the heartland. Here are three of our favorite places in Chicago's chic and creative restaurant scene.

Bing vs. Google vs. Yahoo: Feature Smackdown
PC World - USA
We compare top features of three search engines--Bing, Google, and Yahoo--in the ultimate search engine battle royale. In the arena of world-class search, ...

He started working on his previous book, “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don’t,” in the mid-1990s, smack in the middle of New Economy fever.

Time to Tweak Microsoft's Patch Tuesday?
CSO - Framingham,MA,USA
Microsoft increasingly smacks into security flaws that materialize outside its Patch Tuesday cycle. Is it time for the software giant to find a new way to ...

Google and Frontline smack Verizon over US wireless auction (again)
Register - London,England,UK
The decision is a fillip for Frontline Wireless, the well-connected startup lobbying for open access to the 700-MHz band, and you can bet Google is pleased ...

Time to Tweak Microsoft's Patch Tuesday?
CSO - Framingham,MA,USA
Microsoft increasingly smacks into security flaws that materialize outside its Patch Tuesday cycle. Is it time for the software giant to find a new way to ...

IBM and Walden International to Provide Fillip to Blade Ecosystem
SDA Asia Magazine - Singapore
In an effort to drive the global expansion of the blade industry, IBM is collaborating with venture capital firm Walden International. ...

Sino-Japanese relations get a fillip
China Daily - China
"China-Japan relations are at a significant stage of development and an important turning point," Wen said. "I hope we will make concerted efforts and grasp ...

    In public transport in the United Kingdom and Australia, hail and ride is boarding or alighting a mode of public transport by signalling the driver or conductor that one wishes to board or alight, rather than the more conventional system of using a designated stop. Hail andride is used primarily in bus transport.

    Hail and ride - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


fillip Pronunciation (noun) Something that adds stimulation or enjoyment.
Usage:Spritely tabasco onions, just a little crunch for the top, were an added fillip.

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noun [C usually singular]
━━ vt., n. 指ではじく(こと); 刺激(を与える) ((to)); 元気づける.
something which causes a sudden improvement:
The athletics win provided a much-needed fillip to/for national pride.
The news gave the stock market a big fillip.

1 [T] to hit someone or something forcefully with the flat inside part of your hand, producing a brief loud noise, especially as a way of punishing a child:
I never smack my children.
I'll smack your bottom if you don't behave yourself.

2 [I or T; usually + adverb or preposition] to hit something hard against something else:
I smacked my head on the corner of the shelf.
She smacked her books down on the table and stormed out of the room.

smack Show phonetics
noun [C]
1 a hit from someone's flat hand as a punishment:
You're going to get a smack on the bottom if you don't stop being such a naughty boy.

2 INFORMAL a hit given with the fist:
I gave him a smack on the jaw.

3 a brief loud noise:
She slammed her case down on the desk with a smack.

4 INFORMAL a loud kiss:
a big smack on the lips

v., smacked, smack·ing, smacks. v.tr.
  1. To press together and open (the lips) quickly and noisily, as in eating or tasting.
  2. To kiss noisily.
  3. To strike sharply and with a loud noise.
  1. To make or give a smack.
  2. To collide sharply and noisily: The ball smacked against the side of the house.
  1. The loud sharp sound of smacking.
  2. A noisy kiss.
  3. A sharp blow or slap.
  1. With a smack: fell smack on her head.
  2. Directly: “We were smack in the middle of another controversy about a public man's personal life” (Ellen Goodman).
[Perhaps of Middle Flemish origin, or perhaps of imitative origin.]


Pronunciation: /smak/
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  • a sharp slap or blow, typically one given with the palm of the hand:she gave Mark a smack across the face
  • a loud, sharp sound:she closed the ledger with a smack
  • a loud kiss:I was saluted with two hearty smacks on my cheeks


[with object]
  • 1strike (someone or something), typically with the palm of the hand and as a punishment:Jessica smacked his face, quite hard
  • [with object and adverbial of place] smash, drive, or put forcefully into or on to something:he smacked a fist into the palm of a black-gloved hand
  • 2part (one’s lips) noisily in eager anticipation or enjoyment of food or drink: Morgan drank half the Scotch and smacked his lips
  • 3 archaic crack (a whip): the four postilions smacked their whips in concert


(also smack bang) informal
  • 1in a sudden and violent way:I ran smack into the back of a parked truck
  • 2exactly; precisely:our mother’s house was smack in the middle of the city


a smack in the face (or eye)

informal a strong rebuff: this was a smack in the face for the Establishment


mid 16th century (in the sense 'part (one's lips) noisily'): from Middle Dutch smacken, of imitative origin; compare with German schmatzen 'eat or kiss noisily'
smack2 (smăk) pronunciation
    1. A distinctive flavor or taste.
    2. A suggestion or trace.
  1. A small amount; a smattering.
intr.v., smacked, smack·ing, smacks.
  1. To have a distinctive flavor or taste. Used with of.
  2. To give an indication; be suggestive. Often used with of: “an agenda that does not smack of compromise” (Time).
[Middle English, from Old English smæc.]


[no object] (smack of)
  • have a flavour of; taste of:the tea smacked strongly of tannin
  • suggest the presence or effects of (something wrong or unpleasant):the whole thing smacks of a cover-up


(a smack of)
  • a flavour or taste of:anything with even a modest smack of hops dries the palate
  • a trace or suggestion of:I hear the smack of collusion between them

smack3 (smăk) pronunciation
A fishing boat sailing under various rigs, according to size, and often having a well used to transport the catch to market.
[Dutch or Low German smak, from smakken, to fling, dash.]

smack4 (smăk) pronunciation
n. Slang.
[Probably variant of smeck, from Yiddish shmek, a sniff, swell, from shmekn, to sniff, smell, from Middle High German smecken, smacken, to smell, taste, from Old High German smac, smell, taste.]

n. - 滋味, 味道, 跡象, 含意, 少許
v. intr. - 略有特定滋味, 稍帶特定味道, 含有特定意味
n. - 海洛因
n. - 小漁舟
v. tr. - 捆, 打, 咂, 啪的一聲甩, 出聲地吻
v. intr. - 啪的一聲甩, 咂嘴
n. - 掌摑, 咂嘴, 劈啪聲, 響吻
adv. - 猛然地, 不偏不倚地, 砰然作聲地
  • a smack in the eye 一記耳光
  • have a smack at 嘗試做某事
  • smack of 有...的味道
  • smack one's lips 饞涎欲滴

日本語 (Japanese)
v. - 味がする, 気味がある, ピシャッと打つ, バタンと置く, チュッとキスをする, する, 舌鼓を打つ
adv. - 激しく, まともに, いきなり
n. - 味, 気味, 平手打ち, ピシャッという音, 舌鼓
  • a smack in the eye 侮辱
  • have a smack at ためしにやってみる
  • smack of 風味, 気味
  • smack one's lips 舌鼓を打つ
battle royal

n., pl. battles royal.
  1. An intense altercation.
  2. A battle involving many combatants.
  3. A fight to the finish.
[BATTLE + ROYAL, grand in scale.]
battle royal 大乱[論]戦.


Line breaks: al¦ter|ca¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɒltəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of altercation in English:


noisy argument or disagreement, especially in public:I had an altercation with the ticket collector


  • 発音記号[ɔ`ːltərkéiʃən]
[名][U][C]激論, 口論
have an altercation with a person

Definition of smackdown in English:


informal , chiefly US
1bitter contest or confrontation:the famously crusty Democrat had a series of smackdowns with the Governor


1990s: from smack1.
Line breaks: ad-lib
Pronunciation: /ad ˈlɪb

Definition of ad-lib in English:

VERB (ad-libsad-libbingad-libbed)

Speak or perform without previously preparing one’swords:Charles had to ad-lib because he’d forgotten hisscript


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1Spoken or performed without previous preparation:[AS ADJECTIVE]: an ad-lib commentary[AS ADVERB]: I spoke ad lib
1.1Music (Especially as a direction) with free rhythmand expression.
2As much and as often as desired:[AS ADVERB]: the price includes meals and drinks ad lib


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An ad-lib remark or speech:he came up with an apt ad-lib


early 19th century (as an adverb): abbreviation of ad libitum.

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Refers to any confrontation or fight (wheater it is physical or not).
The debate between the two politicians was a smackdown.
Apple-Google smackdown --- who's lying about Android activation numbers?
Computerworld (blog)
Steve Job took time from his Apple TV and iPod announcement yesterday to take aim at Google and Android, saying that that Apple was activating 230000 ...