2016年4月2日 星期六

tantalizing, claw, claw off, declaw, showing, predator, prey, talon

We know the lion by his claw.
When Bernoulli announced the winners of his contest, he named Leibniz, the Marquis Guillaume de l’Hopital, and the one anonymous winner. Bernoulli recognized the anonymous winner in public with the phrase, “tanquam ex ungue leonem,” Latin for “we know the lion by his claw.”

The government has struck one deal with holdout creditors. Others will be…

 Merkel Tantalizingly Close to Full Majority

German voters handed Chancellor Angela Merkel an all but certain third term and gave her conservative party its best showing in 20 years, exit polls indicated.

The Roller Coaster Ride Continues for Madoff Investors White Collar Watch examines Judge Jed S. Rakoff's decision to limit how far back the Madoff trustee can go in clawing back money from the New York Mets' owners.
Zynga Chief Seeks to Claw Back Stock
The videogame maker, which is expected to go public soon, has demanded that some employees give back restricted shares under threat of dismissal.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan's pro-independence opposition put in a strong showing in local elections Saturday, clawing its way back to respectability after two crushing defeats.

Charles Munger, Warren E. Buffett's right-hand man at Berkshire Hathaway, told Forbes that the key to preventing a future financial crisis would be to declaw Wall Street once and for all.

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A tantalizing study of Hitler’s book collection and what it says about the man.

Michael and Neal wrapped a jacket around the eagle to calm it down, and then managed to free its talon.

Brothers Michael and Neil Fletcher found a bald eagle stuck in a trap near…

Asian Firms Become the Acquirers
Asian companies are increasingly emerging as a predator rather than prey on the merger-and-acquisition front, with the region's robust growth and a credit crunch elsewhere contributing to the reversal of fortunes.


  1. 1.
    a claw, especially one belonging to a bird of prey.
    "the mouse wouldn't have stood much chance against the peregrine's talons"
  2. 2.
    the part of a bolt against which the key presses to slide it in a lock.


  ━━ n. えじき; 犠牲(者) ((to, for)); 捕食.
 beast [bird] of prey 猛獣[鳥].
 easy prey だまされやすい人.
 fall [become] (a) prey to …の餌食[犠牲]になる, 大いに悩まされる.
━━ vi. えじきにする, 捕食する ((on)); 苦しめる; 略奪する.

prey Show phonetics
noun [U]
an animal that is hunted and killed for food by another animal:
A hawk hovered in the air before swooping on its prey.


━━ n. 捕食動物; 略奪するもの; 略奪者; 他人を食いものにする人.
 ━━ a. 他の生物を捕えて食べる, 肉食の; 略奪する.
predatory pricing 〔米〕 掠奪的価格設定 ((競争相手の市場からの排除のために,商品の価格を不当に低く設定すること)).

predator Show phonetics
noun [C]
1 an animal that hunts, kills and eats other animals:
lions, wolves and other predators

2 DISAPPROVING someone who follows people in order to harm them or commit a crime against them:
a sexual predator
In court, he was accused of being a merciless predator who had tricked his grandmother out of her savings.

predatory Show phonetics
1 A predatory animal kills and eats other animals:
The owl is a predatory bird which kills its prey with its claws.

2 MAINLY DISAPPROVING A predatory person or organization tries to obtain something that belongs to someone else:
The company spent much effort in avoiding takeover bids from predatory competitors.

3 DISAPPROVING describes someone who expresses sexual interest in a very obvious way:
I hate going to bars on my own because men look at you in such a predatory way.

(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

predator和 prey 是掠奪者和受害/犧牲者的關係

tantalizeUK USUALLY tantalise 

verb [T]
to excite or attract someone by an offer or a suggestion of something which is, in fact, unlikely to happen

Usage: After Tantalus, who was cursed by angry gods to have water and fruit perpetually nearby but out of reach.

tantalizingUK USUALLY tantalising

describes something that causes desire and excitement in you, but which is unlikely to provide a way of satisfying that desire:
I caught a tantalizing glimpse of the sparkling blue sea through the trees.



━━ vt. (欲しいものを)見せてじらす ((with)).
 tan・ta・li・za・tion ━━ n.
 tan・ta・liz・ing ━━ a. じれったがらせる.
tan・ta・liz・ing・ly ad. じらすように.

  1. A sharp, curved, horny structure at the end of a toe of a mammal, reptile, or bird.
    1. A chela or similar pincerlike structure on the end of a limb of a crustacean or other arthropod.
    2. A limb terminating in such a structure.
  2. Something, such as the cleft end of a hammerhead, that resembles a claw.
  3. Botany. The narrowed, stalklike basal part of certain petals or sepals.
tr. & intr.v., clawed, claw·ing, claws.
To scratch, dig, tear, or pull with or as if with claws.

[Middle English clawe, from Old English clawu.]
clawed clawed adj.

claw off

(Nautical Terms) (adverb, usually trnautical to avoid the dangers of (a lee shore or other hazard) by beating



tr.v., -clawed, -claw·ing, -claws.
  1. To remove the claws from: declaw a cat.
  2. To strip of power, potency, or strength; make harmless or less threatening.


Syllabification: (show·ing)
Pronunciation: /ˈSHō-iNG/


  • the action of showing something or the fact of being shown:German shepherd, championship quality, excellent results in showing
  • a presentation of a movie or television program:another showing of the three-part series
  • a performance of a specified quality:a strong second-place showing in a recent Florida straw poll


Old English scēawung