2008年5月28日 星期三

vociferous, hilt, to the hilt

The parents who lost their children at Juyuan Middle School say they have yet to hear from Dujiangyan officials. A few said they had been approached by teachers and told that they would be well compensated for their loss — about $4,500 per child, several times the average annual income in this area — if they would stop their increasingly vociferous public campaign.
“We don’t want their money,” said Mr. Luo, the farmer, as others nodded in agreement. “We just want this corruption to end.” Many parents said they felt insulted that no one from the school or the
government had come to offer condolences.



A growing work force of home-office laborers and entrepreneurs, armed with computers and smartphones and wired to the hilt, are toiling under great physical and emotional stress created by the around-the-clock Internet economy that demands a constant stream of news and comment.

hilt
n.
The handle of a weapon or tool.
idiom:
to the hilt
  1. To the limit; completely: played the role to the hilt.
[Middle English, from Old English.]


(up) to the hilt
Something that is done (up) to the hilt is done completely and without any limitation:
The government is already borrowing up to the hilt, so it can't afford to spend any more.

vociferous
adjective
Vociferous people express their opinions and complaints loudly and repeatedly in speech, and vociferous demands, etc. are made repeatedly and loudly:
Local activist groups have become increasingly vociferous as the volume of traffic passing through the village has grown.
A vociferous opponent of gay rights, he is well-known for his right-wing views.




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