Many people liken the era we're in to the early days of computing, where upstart hobbyists in their garages came up with huge advances that changed the industry. (See "Build a Better Mousetrap—Fast."
Glimpsing the human side of major historical figures is endlessly fascinating. As Melville noted, Shakespeare in his own day wasn’t Shakespeare. He was Master William Shakespeare, the harried writer — mocked as an “upstart crow” by a critic — who churned out plays for the proprietors of the Globe Theater.
Although some major projects, including two new casino resorts, are still going ahead here, construction is stalling a host of others. Home prices have fallen by as much as 30 percent in some areas as the nouveau riche Russian and South Asian buyers cope with staggering losses at home; office rents plunged 14 percent in the last three months of 2008 in the steepest fall in Asia.
describes people from a low social class who have recently become very rich and like to show their wealth publicly by spending a lot of money
the nouveau riche
The restaurant is popular with the city's nouveau riche.
noun [C] FORMAL DISAPPROVING
someone from a low social position who has suddenly become rich or successful p.545
...and new brass instruments evolved out of imperfect but desirable
old ones -- the tuba out of ophicleide, itself a parvenu 'serpent.'
［F.］ n. 成上り者.
parvenu(e) adj m(f)(f) upstart
(from Dictionnaire Cambridge Klett Compact)
noun [C] DISAPPROVING
a person, especially a young one, who has suddenly got power or an
important position and takes advantage of this in an unpleasant way
- someone who has gained sudden wealth, power or influence, but has either not gained social acceptance or has become arrogant or presumptuous
前幾天看serpentine 等，想起倫敦海德公園的湖；Henry Moore 在Serpentine
━━ n. ヘビ; 陰険な人; 【天文】（S-） へび座 （Ser・pens ）.
(Old) Serpent 【聖】（the ～） 悪魔; 誘惑者.
蛇形大號 木製/銅等Modern serpents are often made of PVC pipe by joining
different sizes of pipes together, each one being heat tapered, using
a propane torch especially designed for bending and shaping PVC pipe.
Syllabification: (brass knuck·les)Translate brass knuckles | into Spanish