2017年7月6日 星期四

moot, beat sb/sth out, imaginary


"To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war," said Winston Churchill, but brute force still beat out bargaining in the fourth century BCE. 邱吉爾有句名言:「喋喋總好過殺殺。」可是在公元前四世紀,蠻力依然勝過協商。



Clown Prince of the City
By A. A. GILL
Elections make strange imaginary places out of cities, and London has become an inverted fantasy. Once every four years power turns upside down.



But since they say that such disorders in children are frequently misdiagnosed, the distinction often is moot.


Court Puts Off Decision On Indefinite Detention

Justices: Indictment Made Issue Moot
(By Robert Barnes and Carrie Johnson, The Washington Post)


The World's Most Influential Person Is...


In a stunning result, the winner of the third annual TIME 100 poll and new owner of the title World's Most Influential Person is moot. The 21-year-old college student and founder of the online community 4chan.org, whose real name is Christopher Poole, received 16,794,368 votes and an average influence rating of 90 (out of a possible 100) to handily beat the likes of Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Oprah Winfrey. To put the magnitude of the upset in perspective, it's worth noting that everyone moot beat out actually has a job.



moot (DISCUSSION) Show phonetics
verb [T] FORMAL
to suggest something for discussion:
The idea was first mooted as long ago as the 1840s.
His name was mooted as a possible successor.

moot 
adjective
tending to be discussed or argued about and having no definite answer:
It's a moot point whether building more roads reduces traffic congestion.


moot (LEGAL CASE) 
noun [C] SPECIALIZED
a trial or discussion dealing with an imaginary legal case, performed by students as part of their legal training but in exactly the same way as a real one:
a moot court

moot adjective MAINLY US LEGAL
having no practical use or meaning:
The district attorney said if McVeigh is given the death penalty and his conviction is upheld on appeal, the state prosecution would become moot.元。

━━ n., a., vt. 集会; 模擬裁判; 議論の余地のある; 討議する; 【米法】実際的な意味がない.
moot court 模擬法廷.


beat sb out (DEFEAT) phrasal verb [M] MAINLY US
to defeat someone or do better than them in a competition, sport or business:
They beat out several other rivals for the contract.


beat something out

PHRASAL VERB

  • 1Produce a loud, rhythmic sound by striking something.
    ‘he beat out a rhythm on the drums’
  • 2Extinguish flames by striking at them with a suitable object.
    ‘he made a frantic dash to grab an armful of branches and beat out the flames’

imaginary

Pronunciation: /ɪˈmadʒɪn(ə)ri/
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adjective

  • 1existing only in the imagination:Chris had imaginary conversations with her
  • 2 Mathematics (of a number or quantity) expressed in terms of the square root of a negative number (usually the square root of −1, represented by i or j). See also complex.

Derivatives



imaginarily

adverb

Origin:

late Middle English: from Latin imaginarius, from imago, imagin- 'image'

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