under a giant drawing of Mao backstage after his own talk on Monday at
the Great Hall when an official came in and said nobody had done that
since Deng Xiaoping, China's former paramount leader who died in 1997.
But, Dr. Gross related with a smile, "He said, 'You're allowed.' "
Definitionparamount Hide phonetics
more important than anything else:
There are many priorities, but reducing the budget deficit is paramount/is of paramount importance.
The action seems intended mainly to reduce local resistance to edicts by Mr. Hu and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, while also smashing the remnants of the political clique that had been tied more closely to Jiang Zemin, China’s former paramount leader, than to Mr. Hu.
Shanghai Party Boss Held for Corruption
By JOSEPH KAHN
Published: September 25, 2006
Hated, Loved and Second-Guessed, MTV Is Still a Channel About Stars
By VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN
“The Hills” a dramedy, really, though shot amid the real lives of a clique of young women in Hollywood has become MTV’s only reliable franchise.
(Comedy-drama, also called "dramedy", is a style of television and movies in which there is an equal, or nearly equal balance of humor and serious content.)
Fanny's more rebellious classmates dye their blond hair black or sport pink dreadlocks. Others wear tank tops and stilettos to look tough in the chilly climate. Tanning lotions are popular in one clique.
clique Hide phonetics
group noun [C] DISAPPROVING
a small group of people who spend their time together and do not welcome other people into that group:
Our golf club is run by a very unfriendly clique (of people).
There's a clique at work that never talks/who never talk to anyone else.
cliquey (cliquier, cliquiest) Hide phonetics
adjective (ALSO cliquish) DISAPPROVING
I decided not to join the tennis club because I found it very cliquey (= because new members were not made to feel welcome).
━━ n., vi. ((単複両扱い)) 徒党・派閥（を組む）; 派, 同人.
cli・qu(e)y ━━ a.