2016年2月24日 星期三

berth, take out, extract, bunker, earth-changing, give someone/thing a wide berth

Dubbed the "Swedish Fritzl", Trenneborg used masks to abduct his victim and planned to hold her captive as a girlfriend.

Does this trump a bull in a china shop?
Everyone remains remarkably calm as Buba the elephant takes a wander through this car-boot sale in the Netherlands. Bystanders give her a wide berth before her handler arrives to escort her back to a nearby circus. http://gu.com/p/4bhqd/fb

For years Chinese authors in China have been writing books that get banned, with no dramatic repercussions. Yan Lianke’s examinations of the cult of Mao and tragic episodes from China’s Communist history are given a wide berth by publishers on the mainland, appearing in Taiwan and Hong Kong instead. But his novels do get published here, he goes about unmolested, and he has a prestigious position at one of China’s best universities. Sheng Keyi and Chan Koonchung have both written fiction touching on the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square crackdown without, by their own accounts, so much as a slap on the wrist.

Visit Churchill War Rooms to discover the original Cabinet War Rooms, the wartime bunker that sheltered Churchill and his government during the Blitz
April 6–12
Dope Tests in Ice Fishing? No, Beer Doesn’t Count
With an eye on an Olympic berth, competitors at the World Ice Fishing Championship had to submit to the same examinations as world-class athletes.

"People are afraid of earth-changing events. The central concern of our inquiries and potential customers is that we are seeing more intense and frequent Earth changes that may lead to more of what occurred in Japan," Vicino said, adding that talk about an approaching comet may also have prompted people to seek safe shelters.
Vivos basically sells berths in underground bunkers of various sizes that can house from about 80 to 2,000 people. It charges $50,000 (3.82 million yen) for a space for an adult in such a bunker. Children are half price.

Australian politicians turned up the heat against Rio Tinto's planned $19.5 billion tie-up with China's Chinalco, with one taking out television ads on Tuesday to push for the deal to be blocked, Reuters said.

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Citi, Wells to Repay Bailouts
Citigroup and Wells Fargo won agreements to begin extracting themselves from the U.S.'s grip by paying back a total of $45 billion in aid, marking a major milestone in the year-long effort to rescue the financial system.

take out
1. Extract, remove, as in He should take out that splinter: [c. 1300]
2. Secure by applying to an authority, as in She took out a real estate license. [Late 1600s]
3. Escort on a date, as in He's been taking out a different girl every night of the week. [c. 1600]
. Give vent to; see take it out on.
5. Carry away for use elsewhere, as in Can we get some pizza to take out?
6. Obtain as an equivalent in different form, as in We took out the money she owed us by having her baby-sit. [Early 1600s]
7. Set out, as in Jan and Herb took out for the beach, or The police took out after the suspects. [Mid-1800s]
8. Kill, destroy, as in Two snipers took out a whole platoon, or Flying low, the plane took out the enemy bunker in one pass. [1930s]
9. See under take out of.

tr.v., -tract·ed, -tract·ing, -tracts.
  1. To draw or pull out, often with great force or effort: extract a wisdom tooth; used tweezers to extract the splinter.
  2. To obtain despite resistance: extract a promise.
  3. To obtain from a substance by chemical or mechanical action, as by pressure, distillation, or evaporation.
  4. To remove for separate consideration or publication; excerpt.
    1. To derive or obtain (information, for example) from a source.
    2. To deduce (a principle or doctrine); construe (a meaning).
    3. To derive (pleasure or comfort) from an experience.
  5. Mathematics. To determine or calculate (the root of a number).
n. (ĕk'străkt')
Something extracted, especially:
  1. A passage from a literary work; an excerpt.
  2. A concentrated preparation of the essential constituents of a food, flavoring, or other substance; a concentrate: maple extract.

(bŭng'kər) pronunciation
    1. A bin or tank especially for fuel storage, as on a ship.
    2. Fuel, such as coal or fuel oil, used especially in ships. Often used in the plural.
  1. An underground fortification, often with a concrete projection above ground level for observation or gun emplacements.
  2. Sports. A sand trap serving as an obstacle on a golf course.
tr.v., -kered, -ker·ing, -kers.
  1. To store or place (fuel) in a bunker.
  2. Sports. To hit (a golf ball) into a bunker.
[Scots bonker, chest, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]
bunker bun'ker adj.
[名]1 (石炭などを入れる)大容器;(船の)燃料庫.2 《ゴルフ》((英))バンカー(((米))sand trap):コースの障害として作られたくぼ地.3 《軍事》掩蔽壕(えんぺいごう).━━...


berths (複数形) • berthed (過去形) • berthed (過去分詞) • berthing (現在分詞) • berths (三人称単数現在)
give a wide berth to, keep a clear berth of, (全2件)
1 《海事》
(1) 操船余地;停泊余地;停泊位置
on the berth
find a safe berth
(2) (高級船員の)地位, 階級;高級船員室.
2 (船・列車などの1人用の)寝台, 段ベッド
an upper [a lower] berth
3 ((略式))職, 地位, 仕事
a soft berth
4 宿所;(車・飛行機などの)収納余地.
give a wide berth to .../give ... a wide berth
…に十分な距離を置く;…を避ける, 敬遠する.

give someone/thing a wide berth

Steer a ship well clear of something while passing it:ships are advised to give the islands a wide berth

1.1Stay away from someone or something:I’d sworn to give women a wide berth

keep a clear [a wide] berth of ...
1 〈船に〉停泊余地を与える;〈船を〉停泊位置につける.
2 〈車・飛行機などを〉収納する.
1 停泊する.
2 寝所を得る.