- The Obama administration said 6.4 million people had signed up so far for health insurance for 2017 despite the program’s uncertain future.
- The new sign-ups — an increase of 400,000 over a similar point last year — could undermine the argument that the law is in free fall.
Obama's Foreign-Policy Ideas Fire Up Rivals
Barack Obama's pledge to hold direct talks with foreign adversaries is drawing fire from rivals and political strategists. Critics say the approach may legitimize leaders whose power the U.S. seeks to undermine. ( March 26, 2008 -- 3:43 a.m. EDT)
fire sb up phrasal verb
to make someone become excited or angry:We had an argument about it and she got all fired up.
1 allowed by law:
The army must give power back to the legitimate government.
2 reasonable and acceptable:
He claimed that the restaurant bill was a legitimate business expense.
3 A legitimate child is one whose parents are legally married at the time of his or her birth.
Most foreign visitors to Britain enter the country legitimately (= legally).
The government expressed serious doubts about the legitimacy of military action (= about whether it is allowed by law).
legitimize, UK USUALLY legitimise
verb [T] (US legitimate) FORMAL
The government fears that talking to terrorists might legitimize (= make acceptable) their violent actions.
to make someone less confident, less powerful or less likely to succeed, or to make something weaker, often gradually:
The President has accused two cabinet ministers of working secretly to undermine his position/him.
Criticism just undermines their confidence.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)