Environmentalists like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are fed up after years of battles over fuel efficiency rules. And Congress, as a whole, is suffering from acute bailout fatigue.
“I don’t want to raise expectations that that is going to be easy at all given the climate in the country,” Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut, said after Thursday’s hearing before the banking committee, of which he is the chairman. “That’s a tall order.”
By JAMES RISEN Gen. David H. Petraeus told Congress of the new inspections while also disclosing that at least 13 American personnel had been electrocuted in Iraq since the war began.
The program is a partial solution to a nagging problem for YouTube. The site records 10 times the video views as any other video-sharing Web site in the United States, yet it has proven to be hard for Google to profit from, because a vast majority of the videos are posted by anonymous users who may or may not own the copyrights to the content they upload. While YouTube has halted much of the illegal video sharing on the site, it remains wary of placing advertisements against content without explicit permission from the owners. As a result, only about 3 percent of the videos on the site are supported by advertising.
nag (CRITICIZE) Show phonetics
verb [I or T] -gg-
to criticize or complain repeatedly in an annoying way:
[+ object + to infinitive] My mum's always nagging me to get my hair cut.
If she'd only stop nagging at me, I might actually help.
I'm always nagging him about his diet.
nagging Show phonetics
1 complaining or criticizing:
a nagging voice
2 describes an unpleasant feeling that continues for a long period of time:
nagging Show phonetics
complaining and criticizing:
I got sick of her constant nagging.
tall orderA goal that is hard to fulfill or achieve, as in Getting a thousand new subscribers is a tall order indeed. This expression uses tall in the sense of "impressively great" or "difficult." [c. 1900]
persecute Show phonetics
to treat someone unfairly or cruelly over a long period of time because of their race, religion, or political beliefs or to annoy someone by refusing to leave them alone:
Religious minorities were persecuted and massacred during the ten-year regime.
His latest film is about the experience of being persecuted for being gay.
Ever since the news broke about her divorce, she has been persecuted by the tabloid press.━━ vt. （異教徒を）迫害［虐待］する ((for)); うるさく迫る, 悩ます ((with, by)).
per・se・cu・tion ━━ n. （宗教的）迫害, 虐待.
persecution complex [mania] 【心】被害妄想.
per・se・cu・tive ━━ a.
per・se・cu・tor ━━ n. 迫害者.
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noun [C or U]
They left the country out of fear of persecution.
refugees escaping from political persecutionpersecution：教難；迫害：指外力（個人、社會、國家）以各種手段企圖壓制或攻擊宗教信仰。天主教曾多次蒙受教難，而殉道者的血，成為新教友的種子－教會作家載都良（Tertulian）名言。
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The country's native people rose up against their persecutors (= the people who had treated them cruelly).
The clergy were the main persecutors of witches in the Middle Ages.
tr.v., -cut·ed, -cut·ing, -cutes.
- To kill with electricity: a worker who was electrocuted by a high-tension wire.
- To execute (a condemned prisoner) by means of electricity.