2016年2月29日 星期一

let up (STOP), wean, express, inexpressible, critique,


And he's not letting up.

This year the Oscar folks knew what was coming — and knew they had it coming.
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The social problems arising from the slowdown have stirred anxiety in the top leadership of the Communist Party, whose legitimacy is based on maintaining economic growth. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao is pushing for policies that will increase domestic consumer consumption to wean China off its reliance on exports.


Of all industrial countries, Sweden is probably the farthest along in weaning itself from fossil fuels.



"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." — Aldous Huxley


express,  inexpressible, let up (STOP), critique, 


If Levitt never let up on his students, he never let up on himself, either, continuing to work and play tennis even as his body failed. "He loved tennis, but it was a constant struggle for him," remembers his son Peter. "We held his memorial service at the Belmont Tennis Club, and a woman who was a member came up and said, 'You know, Ted's tennis game ... he never got it.' That's what he loved about the club. People like that. Even though he had just died, people were still critiquing his game."



let up (STOP) phrasal verb INFORMAL
to stop doing something that you have been doing continuously or in a determined way:
Neil spent the entire evening moaning about his job - he just wouldn't let up.
The police insist that they are not letting up on their campaign against drugs.


n.
  1. A critical review or commentary, especially one dealing with works of art or literature.
  2. A critical discussion of a specified topic.
  3. The art of criticism.
tr.v. Usage Problem.-tiqued-tiqu·ing-tiques.
To review or discuss critically.
[French, from Greek kritikē (tekhnē), (art) of criticism, feminine of kritikos, critical. See critic.]
USAGE NOTE Critique has been used as a verb meaning “to review or discuss critically” since the 18th century, but lately this usage has gained much wider currency, in part because the verb criticize, once neutral between praise and censure, is now mainly used in a negative sense.
But this use of critique is still regarded by many as pretentious jargon, although resistance appears to be weakening. In our 1997 ballot, 41 percent of the Usage Panel rejected the sentence As mock inquisitors grill him, top aides take notes and critique the answers with the President afterward.
Ten years earlier, 69 percent disapproved of this same sentence. Resistance is still high when a person is critiqued: 60 percent of the Usage Panel rejects its use in the sentence Students are taught how to do a business plan and then are critiqued on it. Thus, it may be preferable to avoid this word. There is no exact synonym, but in most contexts one can usually substitute go over, review, or analyze. • Note, however, that critique is widely accepted as a noun in a neutral context; 86 percent of the Panel approved of its use in the sentence The committee gave the report a thorough critique and found it both informed and intelligent.
express
tr.v.
-pressed-press·ing-press·es.
  1. To set forth in words; state.
  2. To manifest or communicate, as by a gesture; show. See synonyms at vent1.
  3. To make known the feelings or opinions of (oneself), as by statement or art.
  4. To convey or suggest a representation of; depict: The painting expresses the rage of war victims.
  5. To represent by a sign or a symbol; symbolize: express a fraction as a decimal.
  6. To squeeze or press out, as juice from an orange.
  7. To send by special messenger or rapid transport: express a package to Los Angeles.
  8. Genetics.
    1. To cause (itself) to produce an effect or a phenotype. Used of a gene: The gene expressed itself under specific environmental conditions.
    2. To manifest the effects of (a gene): Half of the people who inherit the gene express it.
    3. To manifest (a genetic trait): All the mice in the study expressed the defect.
adj.
  1. Definitely and explicitly stated: their express wish. See synonyms at explicit.
  2. Particular; specific: an express plan.
    1. Sent out with or moving at high speed.
    2. Direct, rapid, and usually nonstop: express delivery of packages; an express bus.
    3. Of, relating to, or appropriate for rapid travel: express lanes on a freeway.
adv.
By express delivery or transport.
n.
    1. A rapid, efficient system for the delivery of goods and mail.
    2. Goods and mail conveyed by such a system.
  1. A means of transport, such as a train, that travels rapidly and makes few or no stops before its destination.
  2. Chiefly British.
    1. A special messenger.
    2. A message delivered by special courier.
[Middle English expressen, from Old French expresser, from Medieval Latin expressāre, frequentative of Latin exprimere : ex-, ex- + premere, to press.]
expresser ex·press'er n.
expressible ex·press'i·ble adj.


wean
verb [T]
to cause a baby or young animal to stop feeding on its mother's milk and to start eating other food, especially solid food, instead:
The studies were carried out on calves that had been weaned at 5 weeks of age.

weaning
noun [U]
A lot of mothers find early weaning from breast milk more convenient.

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