2016年3月27日 星期日

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What a steal!
At a San Francisco fundraiser next month

The UN agency for refugees in Ethiopia has been sparing no effort to encourage Eritreans to stay in their host country and forget about Europe. The BBC's Emmanuel Inguza has the detailshttp://bbc.in/1HC96pV

Is there a way to kill Eritrean refugees' dream of Europe?

Alibaba IPO: A Big Deal, and, Backers Argue, a Real Steal

 With greater resources at its disposal, Samsung has been able to steal a march on HTC using the same platform, she says.

Speaking publicly for the first time — and defying security officials who have told him to keep silent — he explained how soldiers from the 65th Group Army dressed in civilian clothes on June 3 and stealthily made their way to the Great Hall on Tiananmen Square’s western edge. At midnight, with clips of ammunition slung across their chests, they faced off against demonstrators, the air filled with the singing of students and the sound of gunfire.

Geithner Hints at Harder Line on China Trade
Timothy F. Geithner stated that the president believed that China was “manipulating” its currency, signaling a more confrontational approach to a delicate issue.


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 a steal, 'Beg, Borrow, Steal', face-off,  confrontational

Clippers Purchase May Be a Steal for Ballmer
Clippers Purchase May Be a Steal for Ballmer
'Beg, Borrow, Steal' : a slang...

'Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer's Life' 







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  • 1 informal A bargain: at £59.95 it’s an absolute steal

  • 2chiefly North American An act of stealing something: New York’s biggest art steal

  • 2.1An idea taken from another work: the chorus is a steal from The Smiths’ ’London'

  • 2.2 Baseball An act of stealing a base.

Face off

Nov 1st 2007 | SAN FRANCISCO
From The Economist print edition
An alliance around Google plans to make social networks more open

face off

The New York Times and USA Today lead with new national polls that show voters think Sen. Barack Obama has a better shot at beating Sen. John McCain. In both polls Obama beat out Sen. Hillary Clinton by a significant margin for the first time (extra credit goes to the NYT for mentioning USAT's survey). In the NYT/CBS poll, 54 percent of Democratic voters said they would want to see Obama nominated compared to 38 percent who preferred Clinton, while the USAT/Gallup poll shows a 51-39 percent lead for Obama. USAT's poll shows Republicans agree with Democrats that McCain would have an easier time if he were to face off against Clinton.

face-off (fās'ôf', -ŏf')
  1. A method of starting play in ice hockey, lacrosse, and other games in which an official drops the puck or ball between two opposing players who contend for its control.
  2. A confrontation: “Marshall's face-off with Jefferson in Marbury v. Madison in 1803” (Newsweek).

  3. Apple, Nokia Face Off in Music-Phone Clash
face-off (ホッケーなどの)試合開始[再開]; 対決 ((with)).

verb [T]
to face, meet or deal with a difficult situation or person:
As she left the court, she was confronted by angry crowds who tried to block her way.
It's an issue we'll have to confront at some point, no matter how unpleasant it is.
I thought I would remain calm, but when I was confronted with/by the TV camera, I became very nervous.

noun [C or U]
a fight or argument:
She actually enjoys confrontation, whereas I prefer a quiet life.
There were violent confrontations between police and demonstrators.

He's got a rather aggressive, confrontational manner.

steal a march
Gain an advantage over unexpectedly or secretly, as in Macy's stole a march on their rival department store with their Thanksgiving Day parade. This metaphoric expression comes from medieval warfare, where a march was the distance an army could travel in a day. By quietly marching at night, a force could surprise and overtake the enemy at daybreak. Its figurative use dates from the second half of the 1700s.Quotes:

"I'm never less at leisure than when at leisure, or less alone than when alone." - Scipio Africanus

"The end of labor is to gain leisure." - Aristotle

"We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace." - Aristotle

"Leisure is a beautiful garment, but it will not do for constant wear." - Source Unknown

"Spare minutes are the Gold-dust of time; the portions of life most fruitful in good and evil; the gaps through which temptations enter." - Source Unknown

"A hobby is hard work you wouldn't do for a living." - Source Unknown

spare time


  1. 1.
    additional to what is required for ordinary use.
    "few people had spare cash for inessentials"

  2. 2.
    with no excess fat; thin.
    "a spare, bearded figure"
  1. 1.
    an item kept in case another item of the same type is lost, broken, or worn out.
    "the wheel's broken and it would be suicide to go on without a spare"
  2. 2.
    (in tenpin bowling) an act of knocking down all the pins with two balls.
  1. 1.
    give (something of which one has enough) to (someone).
    "she asked if I could spare her a bob or two"
    synonyms:afford, do without, manage without, get along without, dispense with, part with, give, let someone have, provide
    "he could not spare any money"
  2. 2.
    refrain from killing, injuring, or distressing.
    "there was no way the men would spare her"
    synonyms:not harm, leave uninjured, leave unhurt; More
  1. [動](他)
  2. 1 〈人・物などを〉なしで済ます,手放す;[spare A B/spare B for A]〈A(人・目的など)のためにB(物・時間など)を〉さく,分けてやる;とっておく
    • Can you spare me a minute?
    • 少し時間をいただけますか;少し席をはずしてもよいですか.
  3. 2 [III[名][副])]〈人に〉(苦労などを)かけさせない((from ...));[IV[名][名]]〈人に〉〈不快な経験を〉味わせない
  4. 3 ((ふつう否定文))〈費用・労力などを〉使い惜しみする,倹約する;〈言葉・行動などを〉控える
  5. 4 〈人などを〉容赦する,の命を助ける,に危害を加えないでおく,思いやりを示す
    • spare a person's feelings
    • 人の気持ちを傷つけないようにする
    • spare her blushes
    • ((英))彼女を赤面させないようにする
    • Spare me [my life].
    • 命だけは助けてくれ.
  1. ━━(自)
  2. 1 〈人が〉けちけちする,倹約する.
  3. 2 〈人が〉危害を加えない,情を示す.
  4. 3 ⇒SPARING
  1. ... and to spare
    • あり余るほどの….
  1. to spare
    • 好きに使える,余分の
  1. ━━[形](spar・er, spar・est)
  2. 1 〈物が〉予備の,とっておきの;〈席などが〉あいている;〈時間・金などが〉余分の
    • spare change
    • (人にあげられる)小銭
    • spare money
    • 余分な[自由に使える]金
    • a spare room
    • (客のための)あいている部屋
    • a spare wheel
    • 予備の車輪
    • spare time
    • ひまな時間.
  3. 2 ((文))〈生活などが〉質素な,切り詰めた;〈言葉・表現などが〉(豊かさに)乏しい
    • spare furnishings
    • 貧弱な家具.
  4. 3 ((文))〈人・体格などが〉やせた,ほっそりした.
  1. drive a person spare
    • ((英略式))〈人を〉怒らせる.
  1. go spare
    • ((英略式))腹を立てる,取り乱す,めんくらう.
  1. ━━[名]
  2. 1 予備の物,非常用品;スペアキー;予備タイヤ;((英))((しばしば~s))予備の部品(spare parts).
  3. 2 《ボウリング》スペア(2回の投球でピンを全部倒すこと);その得点.
  1. sparea・ble
    • [形]
  1. spare・ly
    • [副]
  1. spare・ness
    • [名]

  1. spár・er
    • [名]