2015年11月27日 星期五

sucker, step up, easing up, stress test


A stress test concluded that HBOS would lose three years' profits only once every 5,000 years



At Elite Schools, Easing Up a Bit on Homework

By JENNY ANDERSON
Some of New York City's most competitive high schools, like Dalton, Trinity and Horace Mann, are working to address student stress.
Hedge Fund continues to be a sucker.



Quote:
"All of my activities are so pedestrian. The extreme sport I play is ping pong. And we play it hard. If any of you suckers want to step up to the table, be ready." Seth Green


BEIJING—China’s banks stepped up lending at an unexpected volume in September, in a sign that the government wants to boost credit to re-energize an economy that is losing steam.
step up

step ... up/step up
(1)〈生産などを〉高める,増大させる;〈電圧を〉上げる;〈速度を〉速めるstep up production生産を上げるstep up efforts to do ...…するのにいっそう努力...
1. Increase, especially in stages, as in We've got to step up production. [Early 1900s] Also see step down, def. 2.
2. Come forward, as in Step up to the podium, folks, and I'll show you how it works. [Mid-1600s]



sucker

Pronunciation: /ˈsʌkə/
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noun

  • 1a person or thing that sucks, in particular:
  • a rubber cup that adheres to a surface by suction: a tape recorder was attached to the phone with a rubber sucker
  • a flat or concave organ enabling an animal to cling to a surface by suction: they attach themselves to fish by means of a sucker the suckers run along each tentacle
  • the piston of a suction pump.
  • a pipe through which liquid is drawn by suction.
  • 2 informal a gullible or easily deceived person: if suckers will actually pay to do the work, more fool them what’s needed is a sucker—sorry, brave volunteer—to test it out
  • (a sucker for) a person especially susceptible to or fond of (a specified thing):I always was a sucker for a good fairy tale
  • 3North American informal a thing or person not specified by name:he’s one strong sucker
  • 4 Botany a shoot springing from the base of a tree or other plant, especially one arising from the root below ground level at some distance from the main stem or trunk.
  • a side shoot from an axillary bud, as in tomato plants or maize.
  • 5a freshwater fish with thick lips that are used to suck up food from the bottom, native to North America and Asia.
    • Family Catostomidae: many genera and species
  • 6North American informal a lollipop.

verb

  • 1 [no object] Botany (of a plant) produce suckers:it spread rapidly after being left undisturbed to sucker
2 [with object] North American informal fool or trick (someone):they got suckered into accepting responsibility

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