By ADAM NAGOURNEY
O. J. Simpson testified in Las Vegas on Thursday, trying to overturn the kidnapping and robbery conviction that sent him to prison.
By ELISABETH BUMILLER
At his confirmation hearing for defense secretary, Leon E. Panetta offered no hint of his own opinion.
the whole nine yards
Everything that is relevant; the whole thing. For example, He decided to take everything to college--his books, his stereo, his computer, his skis, the whole nine yards. The source of this expression is not known, but there are several possibilities: the amount of cloth required to make a complete suit of clothes; the fully set sails of a three-masted ship where each mast carries three yards, that is, spars, to support the sails; or the amount of cement (in cubic yards) contained in a cement mixer for a big construction job. [Colloquial]
Hopscotch is a children's game which can be played with several players or alone. Hopscotch is a popular playground game.
Court and rules
|Hopscotch Courts, c. 1900.|
The court (or course)To play hopscotch, a course is first laid out on the ground. Depending on the available surface, the course is either scratched out in dirt, or drawn with chalk on pavement. Designs vary, but the course is usually composed of a series of linear squares interspersed with blocks of two lateral squares. Traditionally the course ends with a "safe" or "home" base in which the player may turn before completing the reverse trip. The home base may be a square, a rectangle, or a semicircle. The squares are then numbered in the sequence in which they are to be hopped.
Taiwan couples go whole 9 yards in mass weddingTAIPEI, Taiwan — One hundred sixty-three couples in Taiwan were married in a mass ceremony at 9:09 a.m. on the ninth day of the ninth month of the 99th year since the founding of their republic.
The word for nine in Chinese sounds exactly like the word for longevity, so there was method in the decision by Taipei city authorities to organize the nine-nine-nine-nine-nine-nine nuptials when they did.
Taipei Mayor Hau Long-bin, naturally dressed to the nines, was all smiles during Thursday's event, going the whole nine yards to make everyone feel the true weight of the occasion.
"I congratulate all the couples," he said.
Groom Ryan Chen said participating in the ceremony to tie the knot with bride Chang Ya-chi was a no-brainer.
"I was born on September 9, and my wife was born on the same date in the lunar calendar," he said. "So by picking this date we hope our marriage will last forever."
As the clock struck the magic hour, couples placed rings on each other's fingers and kissed demurely, their eyes glazing over with — what else — cloud nine expressions.
In Speech on Iraq, Obama Reaffirms Drawdown
By PETER BAKER
President Obama marked the end of the combat mission, “as promised and on schedule,” in a country still finding its way.
Obama Announces Complete Iraq Drawdown
"I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays."
We urge President-elect Barack Obama to continue the expansion of active-duty forces. Relieving the stress on the Guard and the Reserves — allowing them to fulfill their primary missions — is one more reason why Mr. Obama must live up to his commitment for an early, orderly drawdown of troops in Iraq. The administration and Congress must also provide the National Guard with more money to accelerate its resupply efforts.
a whole lot
- The act, process, or result of depleting: the drawdown of oil supplies; a drawdown of investment capital.
- A lowering of the water level in a reservoir or other body of water.
intr.v., -murred, -mur·ring, -murs.
- To voice opposition; object: demurred at the suggestion. See synonyms at object.
- Law. To enter a demurrer.
- To delay.
- The act of demurring.
- An objection.
- A delay.
[Middle English demuren, to delay, from Anglo-Norman demurer, from Latin dēmorārī : dē-, de- + morārī, to delay (from mora, delay).]demurrable de·mur'ra·ble adj.
【法律, 法学】 抗弁する.
Definition of demur
verb (demurs, demurring, demurred)[no object]
noun[mass noun, usually with negative]
Origin:Middle English (in the sense 'linger, delay'): from Old French demourer (verb), demeure (noun), based on Latin de- 'away, completely' + morari 'delay'
adj., -mur·er, -mur·est.
- Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
- Affectedly shy, modest, or reserved. See synonyms at shy1.
[Middle English, probably from Anglo-Norman (influenced by Old French mur, meur, mature, serious), past participle of demurer, to delay, wait. See demur.]demurely de·mure'ly adv.
demureness de·mure'ness n.
demurely 【副詞】demureness 【名詞】
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