2016年3月9日 星期三

overshadow, outshine, whiz-bang, well placed source, Promethean Fire, racy flyer, wind-up

Samsung Galaxy S7 Review: Head of the Smartphone Class A8

Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge outshine the Apple iPhone 6s and Android rivals. But Geoffrey A. Fowler wonders: Without a whiz-bang new feature, is it worth $680?

A respected research institute wanted Chinese classical texts to adorn its journal, something beautiful and elegant, to illustrate a special report on China. Instead, it got a racy flyer extolling the lusty details of stripping housewives in a brothel.

The Chinese script on the journal cover, which was actually a brothel advert

The racy content of Grand Theft Auto IV shows that Rockstar Games, the game-development group within Take-Two that produces the series, hasn't been tamed by past controversies. Users have already begun posting videos on the Internet of sex scenes from the game, in which players can drive prostitutes to secluded locations. Elsewhere, players drive an intoxicated character home from a bar as the game shifts into a disorienting visual mode intended to simulate drunk driving.

The Ghost By Robert Harris. Simon & Schuster; 352 pages; $26. Hutchinson; £18.99
A racy political thriller that has earned its high sales in Britain, “The Ghost” is the tangled story of a former British prime minister, a strong supporter of the war in Iraq, and his wife and political adviser. Brilliantly persuasive, right up to the last page of its astonishing and unpredictable conclusion.

An Appraisal | Michael Crichton: Builder of Windup Realms That Thrillingly Run Amok (November 6, 2008) 

Steiner, who turns 80 next month, has poured forth millions of words on the fate of art and literature in modern times. His central obsession is the Holocaust, and specifically the haunting fact that the Holocaust’s ashes spread from high culture’s Promethean fire: the civilization that produced Bach also produced Buchenwald.

Reciting such elegant moral conundrums has been Steiner’s way of easing the general reader into culture and then out again. Out of the Promethean fire comes destruction: If you have time to apply yourself to the treasures of Western culture, fine; if not, count your blessings. 

Not all Taylor revivals look so strong. Why has “Promethean Fire,” a knockout until last year, lost its edge? (Not just because Lisa Viola’s reckless nerve is missed in the central duet; the ensembles no longer thrill.) Why is “The Sorcerer’s Sofa” being revived at all? The question of whether this or “Oz” is the silliest and feeblest piece Mr. Taylor has ever made is not one I like to answer. And yet the vitality of (and difference between) Mr. Taylor’s latest two, “Changes” and “Beloved Renegade,” means that this Taylor season is not just about golden oldies. The new works are not outshone.

Sarah Palin has become the new phenomenon on the U.S. campaign trail, at times overshadowing the workmanlike John McCain with a pugnacious, sarcastic style that whips up crowds and wins over voters who had never heard of her two weeks ago.

Her brother Henry speaks of her novels being 'placed on the same shelf as the works of a D'Arblay and and Edgeworth', once-popular names now forgotten and entirely over-shadowed by Jane Austen herself. Despite being somewhat left on the shelf in her lifetime, it is now her rightful place.

"A well placed source high up in the DC power elite writes ..." Interesting tidbit
from David Kirby. So when will people start going on the record? ...Report: Google eyeing gamemaker Valve
Bizjournals.com - Charlotte,NC,USAA report on tech web site the Inquirer said Google Inc. is looking to buy game company Valve Software. The site cited “well placed sources” in its report on ...

place (POSITION) Show phonetics
noun [C]
1 a position in relation to other things or people:
His leg was broken in two places.
When you've finished, put the book back in its place on the shelf.
This plant needs a warm, sunny place.
Will you keep my place (in the queue) (= allow me to come back to the same position)?
She spoke to me and I lost my place in the book (= I forgot where I had been reading).
See also decimal place.

2 the seat you will sit in on a particular occasion, or the seat where you usually sit, in the theatre, a class, a train, etc:
My ticket says 6G but there's someone sitting in my place.
The children collected their prizes and then went back to their places.
Save me a place (= Keep a seat for me until I arrive) near the front.

3 the space at a table where one person will sit and eat, usually with a plate and eating utensils arranged on it:
The waiter showed us to our places and gave us each a menu.
He laid six places at the table.

4 a position in an organization, a system or competition:
She's got a place at university
She's got a place UK on/US in a fine-arts course.
Our team finished in second place.
He took third place/UK ALSO got a third place (= was the third to finish) in the marathon last year.

5 US used after words such as 'any' and 'some' as a different way of saying 'anywhere', 'somewhere', etc:
I know I left that book some place - now, where was it?
That bar was like no place I'd ever been before.

place Show phonetics
1 [I or T] to put something in a particular position:
She placed the letter in front of me.
She placed her name on the list of volunteers.
I'd place him among the ten most brilliant scientists of his age.
[+ object + adjective] The horse was placed first/second/third in its first race (= finished the race in first/second/third position).

2 place an advertisement/bet/order, etc. to arrange to have an advertisement, bet, order, etc:
We placed the order for the furniture six weeks ago.
They were placing bets (= gambling) on who would win.

3 place emphasis/importance, etc. on sth to give something emphasis, importance, etc:
She placed the emphasis on the word 'soon'.
He placed importance on a comfortable lifestyle (= It was important to him).

4 [T] to find someone a job:
The students are placed in/with companies for a period of work experience.

placement Show phonetics
noun [C or U]
the temporary position or job someone has in an organization:
I think we can find a placement for you in the accounts department.
The trainee teachers do a school placement in the summer term.

overshadow Show phonetics
verb [T often passive]
1 to cause someone or something to seem less important or less happy:
Karen has always felt overshadowed by her famous elder sister.
My happiness was overshadowed by the bad news.

2 (of a building) to be much taller than another building and therefore block the sun from it:
Grand Central Station in New York is overshadowed by the PanAm building.━━ vt. …に影を投げかける; 影を薄くする; …よりすぐれる.

verb [T] outshoneoutshone
to be much more skilful and successful than someone:
Ben Palmer easily outshone his rivals in the 200 metre freestyle.



v.-shone (-shōn'), -shin·ing-shinesv.tr.
    1. To shine brighter than.
    2. To be more beautiful, splendid, or flamboyant than.
  1. To surpass in obvious excellence; outdo.
To shine forth.

  1. Greek Mythology. Relating to or suggestive of Prometheus.
  2. Boldly creative; defiantly original.
One who is boldy creative or defiantly original in behavior or actions.

wind sb up (DECEIVE) phrasal verb UK INFORMAL
to tell someone something that is not true in order to make a joke:
Are you serious or are you just trying to wind me up?

noun [C usually singular] UK INFORMAL
You can't be serious - is this a wind-up?

(of speech or writing) exciting, especially because of being about sex, or (of someone or something) having an exciting, interesting and attractive appearance, sometimes in a sexual way:
a racy story
a racy style
a racy advertisement
racy swimwear
She is trying to create a racier image for herself.

racily adverb

noun [U]

flyer Show phonetics
noun [C]
a small piece of paper with information on it about a product or event


  1. 1.
    a resounding success.
    "Dan was a whiz-bang at mechanical things"
  2. 2.
    (especially during the First World War) a small-calibre high-velocity shell.
  1. 1.
    lively or sensational; fast-paced.
    "a whizz-bang publicity campaign"