2015年6月8日 星期一

washed-up, pent-up, counsel, paraclimber, toehold, toe shoe, free climbing

“I figured I was all washed-up when I learned I was going to have another baby at forty-six. I thought, Oh, the hell with it. I’m never going to get out of this. But before she was born, I had all of this pent-up desperation and I wrote The Master Butchers Singing Club.”
—Louise Erdrich, The Art of Fiction No. 208

Louise Erdrich, The Art of Fiction No. 208

A Group Lifts Paraclimbers to Higher Goals

The Adaptive Climbing Group, the brainchild of Kareemah Batts, of Brooklyn, is helping paraclimbers, some of whom have been training for the world championships in Spain next month.


Free climbing
In free soloing and bouldering, the climber carries nothing but a
chalk bag. The dangers of climbing more than a couple of metres from.

President’s Top Lawyer Is Leaving White House

The White House said Friday that President Obama’s top lawyer, Gregory B. Craig, was stepping down from his post as the White House counsel.

Bitter taste for Scots distillers as Japanese whiskies take world titles

TWO Japanese whiskies have been voted the best in the world.
Yoichi has become the first variety produced outside Scotland to win the single malt award in an international competition run by trade paper Whisky Magazine, it was revealed yesterday.

The whisky, distilled near the city of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido, beat dozens of other varieties, including last year's winner, Talisker 18 years old, produced on the Isle of Skye.

Suntory Hibiki, the brand advertised by the washed-up actor played by Bill Murray in the film Lost in Translation, scooped the award for the world's best blended whisky.

Rob Allanson, the editor of Whisky Magazine, said: "Hopefully this will make people sit up and realise that the Japanese are producing some phenomenal stuff. While they don't have a particularly strong toehold in the UK, they are making great gains which the British market should take note of."

adjective 過氣的
No longer effective, capable, or valuable: done, done for, finished, through. Informalkaput. Idioms: at the end of the line road, over the hill, past one's prime.

informal No longer effective or successful:a washed-up actress

Definition of pent-up in English:


1(Of emotions, energy, etc.) unable to be expressed or released:pent-up frustrations

2Closely confined or held back:surge of pent-up water

星期泰晤士報27日報導,「威士忌雜誌(Whisky Magazine)」主辦的年度國際競賽中,日本余市(Yoichi)20年單一純麥威士忌被選為最佳單一純麥威士忌,擊敗數十種參賽品牌,包括去年奪冠 的蘇格蘭斯開島(Isle of Skye)塔利斯科(Talisker)18年單一純麥威士忌。這是蘇格蘭威士忌首度丟掉單一純麥威士忌獎。
在調和式威士忌方面,日本三得利「響(Suntory Hibiki)」獲評鑑為全球最優質的調和式威士忌
toe shoe
A ballet slipper with a hardened, reinforced toe that enables a dancer to perform or dance on the toes. Also called pointe shoe.
我們介紹過這家公司的印表機等相關產品之新business model.
Kodak Cuts Another 3,000 Jobs By CLAUDIA H. DEUTSCH
Eastman Kodak, tens of thousands of jobs lighter than it was three years ago, is struggling for a toehold in a competitive digital world.

n. (名詞 noun)
1.   (登山)踏腳尖的地方
2.   小立足點;微小的優勢;克服困難的方法
3.   (角力)壓制腳趾的摔法
  1. A small indentation or ledge on which the toe of a shoe can find support in climbing.
  2. A slight or initial yet significant advantage useful for future progress: Family connections gave her a toehold in politics.
  3. Sports. A wrestling hold in which one competitor wrenches the other's foot.
【登山】(岩などの)つま先をかけるわずかな場所; わずかな足がかり; 【レスリング】足指固め.
toehold noun [C] 1 a small hole or surface on a rock which is just big enough for a climber to put the end of his or her foot in or on: I searched desperately for a toehold in the rock face.
2 a strong first position from which further advances can be made: Insurance is a very difficult market to get a toehold in.
International juried architectural competitions are a novelty in the People's Republic of China. Indeed, only in the last quarter-century have foreign architects established a toehold there at all.
Mr. Scrushy has managed to keep a toehold at HealthSouth. He is the company's largest individual shareholder, with 3.7 million shares -- now valued at more than $21 million -- according to a regulatory filing made by the company this week.
I.B.M.'s general counsel and senior vice president, Ed Lineen, said, "I.B.M. is pleased that we have amicably resolved these long standing issues." The settlement includes claims related to I.B.M.'s OS/2 operating system and SmartSuite software package, neither of which ever established more than a toehold in the personal computer market dominated by Microsoft's Windows and Office software. In the agreement announced today, Microsoft also dropped antitrust claims against I.B.M.
Microsoft to Pay I.B.M. $775 Million to Settle Antitrust Claims
July 1, 2005

  1. The act of exchanging opinions and ideas; consultation.
  2. Advice or guidance, especially as solicited from a knowledgeable person. See synonyms at advice.
  3. A plan of action.
  4. Private, guarded thoughts or opinions: keep one's own counsel.
  5. A lawyer or group of lawyers giving legal advice and especially conducting a case in court.
v., -seled, or -selled, -sel·ing, or -sel·ling, -sels, or -sels. v.tr.
  1. To give counsel to; advise. See synonyms at advise.
  2. To recommend: counseled care in the forthcoming negotiations.
To give or take advice. See Usage Note at council.

[Middle English counseil, from Old French conseil, from Latin cōnsilium, akin to cōnsulere, to take counsel, consult.]