2016年4月15日 星期五

salvo, swag, a new lease of life, "Buy American", tariff

For the past 30 years firms have focused on their core business and contracted out everything else to specialists. Now, a growing number of companies are having second thoughts
From tech to fashion, the old management idea back in vogue
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Texas Republican Randy Weber attacks the President for not attending the march in Paris: "Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn't do it for right reasons." This isn’t Weber’s first tasteless salvo. Last January, just before the 2014 State of the Union, Weber posted: "On floor of house waitin on "Kommandant-In-Chef"... the Socialistic dictator who's been feeding US a line or is it 'A-Lying?'"
There’s a history of pups using wheelchairs to gain a new lease on life.



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Despite these draws, Mr. Gagliardi isn’t the only one with a stake in his new museum and festival. Gabriella Ferranti, the town’s mayor, made no bones about feeling that Chianciano was going to receive a new lease on life in her reception speech at the museum’s opening. “Gagliardi’s fortune is our own fortune as well,” she said.




Tariff on Tires to Cost Consumers
Consumers who buy low-price Chinese tires will be hit hardest by the new tariff, as shortages in this market segment cause retailers to find alternative sources in other countries.


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Dependence on protection by tariffs and laws to "buy American" only encourages incompetence. It would be incorrect to leave the reader with the impression ...

World leaders have spoken out against rising protectionism, blamed for sparking global trade wars in the 1930s that deepened and prolonged the Great Depression. But worldwide, domestic pressure is intense to protect jobs, and each time one country takes action, it makes it a little easier for the next. A case in point: After "Buy American" provisions won support in the United States as part of the $787 billion stimulus package, Indonesian authorities fired their own salvo. They ordered all civil servants in Southeast Asia's largest economy to consume food, clothing, shoes and other products made only in Indonesia.


Buy American 買美國貨


Line breaks: salvo
Pronunciation: /ˈsalvəʊ /


NOUN (plural salvos or salvoes)

1simultaneous discharge of artillery or other guns in a battle:deafening salvo of shots rang outanother salvo crashed nearer to the German positions
1.2A sudden, vigorous, or aggressive act or series of acts:the pardons provoked a salvo of accusations

Origin

late 16th century (earlier as salve): from French salve,Italian salva 'salutation'.



tariff

n.
    1. A list or system of duties imposed by a government on imported or exported goods.
    2. A duty or duties so imposed.
  1. A schedule of prices or fees.
tr.v., -iffed, -iff·ing, -iffs.
To fix a duty or price on.
[Italian tariffa, from Old Italian, from Arabic ta‘rīf, notification, infinitive of ‘arrafa, to announce.]

a new lease of life UK (US a new lease on life)
1 when you become more energetic and active than before:
His grandchildren have given him a new lease of life.

2 an increase in the period for which something can be used or continued:
The project suddenly got a new lease of life when the developers agreed to provide some more funding.

swag

Syllabification: swag



noun

  • 1A curtain or piece of fabric fastened so as to hang in a drooping curve.
  • 1.1A decorative garland or chain of flowers, foliage, or fruit fastened so as to hang in a drooping curve: swags of holly and mistletoe
  • 1.2A carved or painted representation of a swag of flowers, foliage, or fruit: fine plaster swags
  • 2 informal Money or goods taken by a thief or burglar: their homes offer tempting swag for burglars
  • 2.1Products given away free, typically for promotional purposes: local studios provide swag, spirits, and food
  • 2.2chiefly US Marijuana, typically of a low grade: prices range from $40 a 10-seed packet for some Jamaican swag to $345 per pack for something tastier

verb (swags, swagging, swagged)

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  • 1Arrange in or decorate with a swag or swags of fabric: swag the fabric gracefully over the curtain tie-backs (as adjective swagged) the swagged contours of nomads' tents
  • 2Australian/New Zealand Travel with one’s personal belongings in a bundle: swagging it in Queensland swagging my way up to the Northern Territory
  • 3 [no object] chiefly • literary Hang heavily: the crinkly old hide swags here and there
  • 3.1Sway from side to side: the stout chief sat swagging from one side of the carriage to the other

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'bulging bag'): probably of Scandinavian origin. The original sense of the verb (early 16th century) was 'cause to sway or sag'.

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