2016年3月13日 星期日

seesaw, teeter, teeters on the brink, unsure, withdrawal, cast-off, brim, cusp

Trump’s Words Were Destined to Stir Violence, Critics Say

In foreboding conversations across the political world, elected officials, party leaders and historians warned that the campaign was teetering on the edge of violence. This weekend it finally arrived.

Frightening video shows California residences teetering on the edge of crumbling cliffs: abcn.ws/20phdRM

This is some week to be reviewing Yanis VaroufakisGreece teeters on the edge of the eurozone, its fate a matter of ferocious dispute between European finance ministers. Until recently Varoufakis was one of them, by most accounts the most irritating and self-assured man in the room. Now he lurks venomously on the fringes, spitting disdain upon a rotten bargain that he believes will doom his nation to further misery, all of which he foretold.

Israel contemplates worst-case scenarios as Egypt's crisis deepens
With Egypt's opposition movement gaining momentum and President Hosni Mubarak under increasing pressure, Israel is watching developments with concern as one its few Arab allies in the Middle East teeters on the brink.

In a court hearing on Friday, prosecutors acknowledged serious problems with the credibility of the hotel housekeeper who said that Dominique Strauss-Kahn attacked her. 

Greece's future in Europe's common currency was in doubt after a last-ditch effort to form a new government failed and the country's political turmoil sparked a dramatic increase in bank withdrawals.

'The Richard Burton Diaries'

Reviewed by JOHN SIMON
"The Richard Burton Diaries" covers the actor's seesawing yet intense marriages with Elizabeth Taylor, his intense reading habits and more.

In Downturn, Americans Seek Silver-Screen Lining By MICHAEL CIEPLY and BROOKS BARNES
Even as the economy teeters, Hollywood has been startled by a box-office surge with little modern precedent.

In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air,
any thing can be made, any sentence begun.
On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp,

Congressional Democrats are drafting legislation that would give the teetering Detroit automakers at least $15 billion in emergency loans early next week and grant the federal government broad authority to manage a massive restructuring of their operations.

October 30, 2008 -- 12:29 a.m. EDT 
IMF Fund to Aid Crisis Fight
The IMF will offer as much as $100 billion in a new kind of loan to countries battered by the financial crisis but not on the brink of disaster.


With Flemish Nationalism on the Rise, Belgium Teeters on the Edge 

In its escalating dysfunction Belgium demonstrates the inextricable link between culture and nationhood.

She asked about America, as water for laundry heated on a hotplate. Did everyone live in a high-rise building? Was everyone rich? She watched as her small grandson, wearing a cast-off New York Yankees hat, teetered in, holding a tiny yellow flower.

plural noun
things, usually clothes, that you no longer want:
I always had to wear my sister's cast-offs as a child.

adjective [before noun]
cast-off clothes

verb [I usually + adverb or preposition]
to appear to be about to fall while moving or standing:
Delia was teetering around in five-inch heels.

brink Show phonetics
noun [S]
1 the point where a new or different situation is about to begin:
Extreme stress had driven him to the brink of a nervous breakdown.
Scientists are on the brink of (= extremely close to) a major new discovery.

2 LITERARY the edge of a cliff or other high area:
She was standing right on the brink of the gorge.


1 ((文))(がけの)縁, 端, へり
the brink of a cliff
2 瀬戸ぎわ, 土壇(どたん)場, 危機
be driven to the brink of ruin
bring ... to the brink
on [at] the brink of ...
on [at] the brink of starvation
[スカンジナビア語. 「山の傾斜」→「危ういぎりぎりの端」]

teeter on the brink/edge of sth
If something is teetering on the brink/edge of a bad situation, it is likely that the situation will happen soon:
What we are seeing now is a country teetering on the brink of civil war.

brim (TOP)
noun [C]
the very top edge of a container:
She poured the cream until it reached the brim.
He filled the jug to the brim.
She passed him the mug, filled/full to the brim with hot black coffee.

verb [I] -mm-
to become full of something, especially a liquid:
Her eyes brimmed with tears when she heard that he was alive.
FIGURATIVE His recent triumphs have left the tennis ace brimming (over) with (= full of) confidence and energy.

brimful of sth full of something good:
Nobody could call this year's Cannes film festival brimful of wonderful surprises.

noun [S]
the dividing line between two very different things:
on the cusp of adulthood

('tər) pronunciation

v., -tered, -ter·ing, -ters. v.intr.
  1. To walk or move unsteadily or unsurely; totter.
  2. To alternate, as between opposing attitudes or positions; vacillate.
  3. To seesaw.
To cause to teeter or seesaw.

n. Northeastern U.S.
  1. See seesaw (sense 1). See Regional Note at teeter-totter.
  2. A teetering motion.
[Middle English titeren, probably from Old Norse titra, to shake.]


  • レベル:大学入試程度
  • 発音記号[wiðdrɔ'ːəl, wiθ-]
1 [U][C]引っ込める[引き下がる, 引っ込む]こと;退出;脱退;(約束・前言などの)取り消し, 撤回;(通貨などの)回収;(預金の)引き出し, 引き出した金, 撤退, 撤兵;(自発的な)退学
complete withdrawal
make large withdrawals from the bank
2 [U](麻薬などの)使用中止((of, from ...));禁断症状(withdrawal symptoms).


 発音  síːsɔ`ː
seesaws (複数形) • seesawed (過去形) • seesawed (過去分詞) • seesawing (現在分詞) • seesaws (三人称単数現在)
1 [U]シーソー(遊び);[C]シーソー板
play (at) seesaw
2 [U][C]上下[前後]動, 変動;一進一退
the seesaw of love and hate
3 《トランプ》=crossruff.
━━[形]((限定))〈動きが〉上下[前後]の;〈物・事が〉変動する, 一進一退の
a seesaw motion
a seesaw game
━━[副]上下[前後]に動いて, 変動して.
1 〈人が〉シーソーをする.
2 〈物が〉上下[前後]に動く;〈事が〉変動する.