2015年12月20日 星期日

mush, apparatchik, layabout, mix, mixed bag, mix up, stockpile stuff — catheters, snaking, mixed signals

"We are not layabouts. We are artists, mush."

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The improvised system could not compete with the government speakers that lined the square, broadcasting the droning speeches of Li Peng and other lesser apparatchiks who tried to convince those arriving by the tens of thousands to stay home or return to school.

"Iain Duncan Smith's story about a society beset by jobless layabouts who opt for unemployment as a lifestyle choice doesn’t just seek to describe a problem, it lays the moral foundations for a whole raft of policies demonising the most vulnerable sections of already deprived communities. So much rests on the veracity of the tale constructed" (via Comment is free)

今天這天氣,叫做wintry mix,寒風呼呼,雨雪齊下,夾雜著冰晶冰粒,又溼又凍又滑,路邊不是水窪,就是硬冰,簡直寸步難行。----蔡珠兒

50 Years Later, War on Poverty Is a Mixed Bag


The debate over the government's role in creating opportunity and ending deprivation has flared anew, with inequality as acute as it was in the Roaring Twenties and the ranks of the poor and near-poor at record highs. 

Thirty-five weeks pregnant, Robin Rodgers was vomiting and losing weight, so her doctor hospitalized her and ordered that she be fed through a tube until the birth of her daughter.
But in a mistake that stemmed from years of lax federal oversight of medical devices, the hospital mixed up the tubes. Instead of snaking a tube through Ms. Rodgers’s nose and into her stomach, the nurse instead coupled the liquid-food bag to a tube that entered a vein.

TWO years ago, the supply system at Seattle Children’s Hospital was so unreliable that Susanne Matthews, a nurse in the intensive care unit, would stockpile stuff — catheters in the closet, surgical dressings in patients’ dresser drawers and clamps in the nurse’s office. And she wasn’t the only one.

BBC News
By Cindy Sui BBC News, Taipei When party apparatchiks from China and Taiwan meet on Friday for an annual economic forum, business will not be the only item on the agenda. That is because Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, who has presided over a period ...

Where Bo goes

Whether through caution or incompetence, apparatchiks are sending mixed signals about the standing of an ousted leader


(ä'pə-rä'chĭk) pronunciation
n., pl., -tchiks, or -tchi·ki (-chĭ-kē).
  1. A member of a Communist apparat.
  2. An unquestioningly loyal subordinate, especially of a political leader or organization.
[Russian, from apparat, apparat. See apparat.]

[名](複〜s, -tchiki 〔-tikì〕)
1 共産党政治局員.
2 ((米俗))お役人.
3 (政治組織などの)盲従的指導者.

mix something up

  • 1spoil the order or arrangement of a collection of things:disconnect all the cables, mix them up then try to reconnect them
2 (mix someone/thing up) confuse someone or something with another person or thing:I’d got her mixed up with her sister

mixed up

Translate mixed up | into German | into Italian


(of a person) suffering from psychological or emotional problems:a lonely mixed-up teenager

In medicine, a catheter is a tube that can be inserted into a body cavity, duct, or vessel. Catheters thereby allow drainage, injection of fluids, or access by surgical instruments. The process of inserting a catheter is catheterization. In most uses, a catheter is a thin, flexible tube ("soft" catheter), though in some uses, it is a larger, solid ("hard") catheter. A catheter left inside the body, either temporarily or permanently, may be referred to as an indwelling catheter. A permanently inserted catheter may be referred to as a permcath.

mixed bag

(also mixed bunch)
Translate mixed bag | into German | into Italian


[in singular]
a diverse assortment of things or people:we have a mixed bag of destinations and holiday choices for you
n. - 導尿管, 導管, 尿液管

日本語 (Japanese)
n. - カテーテル

1 (金属・ガラス・ゴムなどの)管, 筒
an iron tube
a test tube
2 (絵の具・練り歯磨きなどの)チューブ
tube colors
a tube of glue
(1) 《解剖学・動物学》管;(輸)卵管(fallopian tube);《植物》管
the fallopian tubes
(2)fallopian tube.
(3) (管楽器の)管, 管状部.
4 ((米))地下鉄[道]のトンネル;((the 〜, しばしばthe T-))((英))(特にLondonの)地下鉄(((米))subway)
go by tube [on the tube]
5inner tube.
6 《電子工学》真空管(electron tube);((米))熱電子管(thermionic tube);ブラウン管(cathode-ray tube).
7 ((the 〜))((米略式))テレビ(受像機).
8 (サーフィンで)波のトンネル.
9 ((略式))まぬけ.
10 ((略式))缶ビール.
11 ((the 〜))((米警察俗))警察のショットガン(散弾銃).
down the tubes
((略式))=down the DRAIN.
1 …に管をつける;…を管状にする.
2 …を管[円筒]で運ぶ, 管[円筒]に入れる.
1 ((英略式))地下鉄に乗る[で行く].
2 ((米俗))失敗する.
tube it

Definition of snake

  • 1a long limbless reptile which has no eyelids, a short tail, and jaws that are capable of considerable extension. Some snakes have a venomous bite.
    • Suborder Ophidia (or Serpentes), order Squamata: many families
  • 2 (also snake in the grass) a treacherous or deceitful person:that man is a cold-blooded snake
  • 3 (the snake) a former system of interconnected exchange rates for the currencies of EC countries: the snake did not have any provision for strong currency nations to help the weak
  • 4 (in full plumber's snake) a long flexible wire for clearing obstacles in piping.


[no object, with adverbial of direction]
  • move or extend with the twisting motion of a snake:a rope snaked down



Old English snaca, of Germanic origin


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[with object]
  • 1combine or put together to form one substance or mass: peppercorns are sometimes mixed with other spices these two chemicals, when mixed together, literally explode
  • 1.1 [no object, often with negative] (of different substances) be able to be combined to form one substance or mass: oil and water don’t mix
  • 1.2make or prepare by combining various ingredients: mixing concrete is hard physical work
  • 1.3juxtapose or put together to form a whole whose constituent parts are still distinct: he continues to mix an off-hand sense of humour with a sharp insight
  • 2 [no object] (of a person) associate with others socially: the people he mixed with were nothing to do with show business
  • 3(especially in sound recording) combine (two or more signals or soundtracks) into one: up to eight tracks can be mixed simultaneously
  • 3.1produce (a sound signal or recording) by combining a number of separate signals or recorded soundtracks: it was everyone’s dream to mix their album in their front room
  • 4 (mix it) • informal be belligerent physically or verbally: he can’t afford to mix it any more with a six-month suspended ban hanging over him


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  • 1 [usually in singular] two or more different qualities, things, or people placed, combined, or considered together: the decor is a fascinating mix of antique and modern
  • 1.1a group of people of different types within a particular society or community: the school has a good social mix
  • 1.2the proportion of different people or other constituents that make up a mixture: arriving at the correct mix of full-time to part-time staff trousers made from a cotton and polyester mix
  • 2 [often with modifier] a commercially prepared mixture of ingredients for making a particular type of food or a product such as concrete: cake mixes have made cooking easier
  • 3 [often with modifier] a version of a recording in which the component tracks are mixed in a different way from the original: a dance mix version of ‘This Charming Man’
  • 3.1an image or sound produced by the combination of two separate images or sounds: titling mixes are added when vision and sound are still on separate film


be (or get) mixed up in

be (or become) involved in (something regarded as dubious or dishonest): Steve was mixed up in an insurance swindle

be (or get) mixed up with

be (or become) associated with (someone unsuitable or unreliable): how did you get mixed up with that layabout?

mix and match

select and combine different but complementary items, such as clothing or pieces of equipment, to form a coordinated set: mix and match this season’s colours for a combination that says ‘winter’ [as modifier]: a mix-and-match menu

mix one's drinks

drink different kinds of alcohol in close succession: he’d been going from bar to bar, mixing his drinks

Phrasal verbs

mix something up

  • 1spoil the order or arrangement of a collection of things: disconnect all the cables, mix them up then try to reconnect them
  • 2 (mix someone/thing up) confuse someone or something with another person or thing: I’d got her mixed up with her sister





late Middle English: back-formation from mixed (taken as a past participle).

[動](mixed or mixt 〔míkst〕, 〜・ing)(他)
1III[名]]…を混ぜる, いっしょにする;[mix A with B/mix A and B]〈A(物・事)とB(物・事)を〉混合[結合]する;混ぜ(合わせ)る
mix colors
mix sand with pebbles
mix work andwithplay
2 〈成分を〉混ぜて(…を)作る((into ...));〈薬を〉調合する;[mix A for B/mix B A]〈B(人)にA(物)を〉混ぜて作ってやる
mix mortar[a cake
He mixed himself a dry martini. [=He mixed a dry martini for himself. ]
3III[名]([副])]〈要素・成分を〉(物に)添加する((in, into ...))
mix some parsley into soup
4 〈人を〉(…に)交わらせる, 交際させる((with, among ...))
mix people of different backgrounds
mix the boys with the girls in a classroom
5 〈動物を〉異種交配させる(crossbreed).
6 〈レコードなどの録音時の〉音量を調整する.
1 〈物が〉(…と)混ざる;(…と)混合する((with ...))
Oil and water don't mix. [=Oil doesn't mix with water. ]
2 〈人が〉(人と)交際する, 交わる, 仲よくやっていく((in/with ...))
mix (in) with people (of) one's own age
He doesn't mix well.
3 〈動物が〉異種交配される[する];〈民族が〉混血する.
4 《ボクシング》((俗))激しく打ち合う((up)).
be[get] mixed up
(1) 〈人が〉(よくないことに)巻き込まれる((in ...));(好ましくない人と)かかわりあいになる((with ...))
You shouldn't get mixed up with dishonest businessmen.
(2) 〈人が〉(…について)頭が混乱している, わからなくなっている;勘違いしている((about, in, over ...))
I got mixed up in directions.
mix in
(1) 戦闘[けんか]に加わる.
(2) ⇒(自)2
[mix ... in/mix in ...]
mix it (up)
((俗))(…と)口論する, けんかする;(…と)こぶしでなぐり合う((with ...)).
mix ... up/mix up ...
(1) …をよく混ぜる.
(2) …を(…と)混同する((with ...))
mix him up with his brother
(3) …をごちゃまぜにする.
1 [U][C]混合(物);混合比[率];混合飲料(酒を割るソーダ水など);混合薬
an odd mix of gaiety and sadness
2 (湯などを加えるとでき上がる)即席食品, ミックス
a cookie mix
3 ((略式))混乱, ごたごた, 争い.
4 ((a 〜, 〜s))(人・物の)寄り集まり, 寄せ集め((of ...)).
[ラテン語mixtusMIXEDからの逆成. miscēre(混ぜる)+-tus過去分詞語尾]


Line breaks: lay|about
Pronunciation: /ˈleɪəbaʊt/


A person who habitually does little or no work:‘How’d you get mixed up with that layabout?’