'I am gobsmacked, everyone is,' said one senior party figure.
Zeena herself, from an oppressive reality, had faded into an unsubstantial shade.
For the past few weeks Barack Obama has been flayed with headlines like "Unmitigated disaster" and "Barack Hussein Bush". A worrying 55% of Americans disapprove of the job he is doing; only 42% approve. Voters are gobsmacked at how badly he has bungled his health reform. Revelation after revelation suggests that Obamacare's awful first month reflects awful planning http://econ.st/1iC3Et4
The European Union is supposedly always enhancing its "four freedoms": the untrammelled movement of goods, people, services and capital. For European motorists, however, life is becoming ever more oppressive. As it is, seven EU countries, along with Switzerland, levy "vignettes", fees to use roads for a particular period that tend to favour local drivers over foreign ones http://econ.st/18rKHWb
dead weight of the past
or dead·weight (dĕd'wāt')
- The unrelieved weight of a heavy, motionless mass.
- An oppressive burden or difficulty.
- (Abbr. DW) The fixed weight of a structure or piece of equipment, such as a bridge on its supports. Also called dead load.
1a brief evocative description, account, or episode.
2a small illustration or portrait photograph that fades into its background without a definite border.
a small ornamental design filling a space in a book or carving, typically based on foliage.
verb [with object]
portray (someone) in the style of a vignette.
produce (a photograph) in the style of a vignette by softening or shading away the edges of the subject.
late Middle English (sense 2 of the noun; also as an architectural term denoting a carved representation of a vine): from French, diminutive of vigne 'vine'
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adjective British informal
utterly astonished; astounded.
1980s: from gob1 + smack1, with reference to being shocked by a blow to the mouth, or to clapping a hand to one's mouth in astonishment
oppressiveLine breaks: op¦pres|sive
Definition of oppressive in English:
1Inflicting harsh and authoritarian treatment:an oppressive dictatorship
1.1Weighing heavily on the mind or spirits:the offices present an oppressive atmosphere
(Of weather) close and sultry:the day was sunless and oppressive
Late 16th century: from medieval Latin oppressivus, from oppress- 'pressed against', from the verbopprimere (see oppress).[形]