2016年5月20日 星期五

teeny, teeny weeny, itsy-bitsy, cosy up to

They do hours of exhausting childcare so their own offspring can enjoy careers and holidays. So are they a teeny bit resentful?


Gone is the time when Granny would while away the hours meeting friends for tea or cosying up in front of afternoon television. Now many perform the role of mother to their grandchildren.
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紐約時報 August 23, 2005 說某南韓地方鼓勵穿 bikini,消費可享一成優惠:

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BIKINI BEACH, South Korea - It seemed like a good idea, a surefire way to catapult this beach into the ranks of Bali and Waikiki: a 10 percent discount for anyone in a bikini. 該文(摘要詳下)之標題,強調此一「算記」,乃失誤也。它多採用「微 -- 小」之行容詞:
A Tourism Plan's Itsy-Bitsy, Teeny-Weeny Miscalculation
By NORIMITSU ONISHI
-----(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

itsy-bitsy
adjective [before noun] (US ALSO itty-bitty) HUMOROUS
extremely small:
She has these itsy-bitsy little hands and feet.

teeny (weeny) ]
adjective INFORMAL
very small:
Just a teeny weeny slice of cake for me, please - I'm supposed to be on a diet.

informal
Tiny:a teeny bit of criticism

The spot uses a remixed version of the 1960 song "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," yet features a yellow bikini with red polka dots.

teeny-weeny

adj. Informal.
Tiny.



COSY
[WITH OBJECT] informal
1Make (someone) feel comfortable or complacent:she cosied him and made out she found him irresistible
1.1[NO OBJECT] (cosy up to) Snuggle up to:he cosied up to the heater
1.2[NO OBJECT] (cosy up to) Ingratiate oneself with:he decided to resign rather than cosy up to hardliners in the party

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