2016年2月28日 星期日

gibbete, gallows, henpeck, everduring, besetting, sidelong, flourish, gallows humour, make a day/night/evening/weekend of it


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This, however, always provoked a fresh
volley from his wife; so that he was fain to
draw off his forces, and take to the outside
of the house the only side which, in truth,
belongs to a hen-pecked husband.

Rip's sole domestic adherent was his dog
Wolf, who was as much hen-pecked as his
master; for Dame Van Winkle regarded
them as companions in idleness, and even
looked upon Wolf with an evil eye, as the
cause of his master's going so often astray.
True it is, in all points of spirit befitting an
honorable dog, he was as courageous an
animal as ever scoured the woods but what
courage can withstand the ever-during and
all-besetting terrors of a woman's tongue?
The moment Wolf entered the house his
crest fell, his tail drooped to the ground, or
curled between his legs, he sneaked about
with a gallows air, casting many a sidelong
glance at Dame Van Winkle, and at the least
flourish of a broom-stick or ladle, he would
fly to the door with yelping precipitation.


"The same animal which hath the honour to have some part of his flesh eaten at the table of a duke, may perhaps be degraded in another part,and some of his limbs gibbeted, as it were, in the vilest stall in town."
--from "The History of Tom Jones" (1749) by Henry Fielding

    A gibbet /ˈdʒɪbɪt/ is any instrument of public execution (including guillotine, executioner's block, impalement stake, hanging gallows, or related scaffold), but gibbeting refers to the use of a gallows-type structure from which the dead or dying bodies of executed criminals were hanged on public display to deter other ...

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make a day/night/evening/weekend of it
to lengthen an activity or combine a series of activities so that they last for the whole of that particular period of time:
Let's make an evening of it and catch the last train home.
We don't get out often so we thought we'd make a day of it.






gallows humour noun [U]
jokes or humorous remarks that are made about unpleasant or worrying subjects such as death and illness

gallows
noun [C] plural gallows
a wooden structure used, especially in the past, to hang criminals from as a form of execution (= killing as a punishment):

New witnesses have cast doubt on some of the evidence that sent the 19 year old to the gallows.

henpeck

(hĕn'pĕk') pronunciation
tr.v. Informal., -pecked, -peck·ing, -pecks.
To dominate or harass (one's husband) with persistent nagging.


Everduring

a.Everlasting. Shak.

besetting

(bĭ-sĕt'ĭng) pronunciation
adj.
Constantly troubling or attacking.

WordNet: sidelong
Note: click on a word meaning below to see its connections and related words.
The adjective has 3 meanings:
Meaning #1: (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
Synonyms: askance, askant, asquint, squint, squint-eyed, squinty
Meaning #2: situated at or extending to the side
Synonym: lateral
Meaning #3: inclining or directed to one side

The adverb sidelong has 3 meanings:
Meaning #1: on the side
Meaning #2: with the side toward someone or something
Meaning #3: to toward or at one side
Synonyms: sideways, obliquely


flourish

(flûr'ĭsh, flŭr'-) pronunciation
v., -ished, -ish·ing, -ish·es. v.intr.
  1. To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive: The crops flourished in the rich soil.
  2. To do or fare well; prosper: “No village on the railroad failed to flourish” (John Kenneth Galbraith).
  3. To be in a period of highest productivity, excellence, or influence: a poet who flourished in the tenth century.
  4. To make bold, sweeping movements: The banner flourished in the wind.
v.tr.
To wield, wave, or exhibit dramatically.
n.
  1. A dramatic or stylish movement, as of waving or brandishing: “A few … musicians embellish their performance with a flourish of the fingers” (Frederick D. Bennett).
  2. An embellishment or ornamentation: a signature with a distinctive flourish.
  3. An ostentatious act or gesture: a flourish of generosity.
  4. Music. A showy or ceremonious passage, such as a fanfare.
[Middle English florishen, from Old French florir, floriss-, from Vulgar Latin *flōrīre, from Latin flōrēre, to bloom, from flōs, flōr-, flower.]
flourisher flour'ish·er n.
SYNONYMS flourish, brandish, wave. These verbs mean to swing back and forth boldly and dramatically: flourished her newly signed contract; brandish a sword; waving a baton.


gallows
noun [C] plural gallows
a wooden structure used, especially in the past, to hang criminals from as a form of execution (= killing as a punishment):
New witnesses have cast doubt on some of the evidence that sent the 19 year old to the gallows.

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