2016年6月29日 星期三

has a shot, a shot in the arm, call the shots, salve, Papier-mâché

Google Earth has improved a lot over the last decade, and it just got its biggest shot in the arm yet: more than 700 trillion individual pixels, to render the surface of our planet in exquisite detail.

Bizarrely, Sanders appears to sincerely believe he can win. This seems so unlikely as to be almost delusional

BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto are to iron ore what Saudi Arabia is to oil: the ones who call the shots. Their differing strategies in recent years are turning out to be a good test of the merits of diversification

Companies are looking for new ways to play the China-led commodities…

Visitors will be able to peek into some of Marie Antoinette's personal spaces, including the fragile wooden and papier-mâché mini-theater where she performed, a grotto where she held private encounters and her "hamlet," where she constructed an ersatz working farm.

The women join the men in full-dress battlefield dramatizations up and down Germany several times a year, hefting cobblestones (made of papier-mache so no one will get hurt), twirling slingshots and wielding rolling-pins and cudgels.

Putin Calls Shots to Salve Old Wounds 

Vladimir V. Putin’s choices could redraw the map of the Caucasus — or destroy relations with the West.

Definition of what's not to like? in English:

informal Used as a rhetorical expression of approval or satisfaction:cleaner air, cooler temperatures and mountain views—what’s not to like?

a shot in the arm

informal An encouraging stimulus:the movie was a real shot in the arm for our crew

shot 3 

Pronunciation: /ʃɒt/ 


[IN SINGULAR] British informaldated
A bill or one’s share of it, especially in a pub:he had paid her shot


Late Middle English: from shot1; compare with Old English scēotan 'shoot, pay, contribute' and scot.

call the shots

Exercise authority, be in charge, as in It's up to the boss to call the shots. This term probably alludes to determining accuracy in target practice. [Mid-1900s] Also see call the tune.

noun OLD USE
1 [C or U] an oily substance used to treat an injured, sore or dry place on your body; ointment

2 [S] something that makes you feel better about a difficult situation

salve your conscience to do something so that you feel less guilty:
He salves his conscience by giving money to charity.

Papier-mâché (French for 'chewed-up paper' because of its appearance), sometimes called paper-maché, is a construction material that consists of pieces of paper, sometimes reinforced with textiles, stuck together using a wet paste (e.g., glue, starch, or wallpaper adhesive). The crafted object becomes solid when the paste dries.[1]

Carton-pierre (French for 'stone cardboard') is papier-mâché that has been decorated to resemble wood, stone, or metal, and is used as decoration.[2]

はりこ 張子
・~の虎 《比喩的にも》a paper tiger.
はりこ 0 【張(り)子】


buff, boon, hindrance, tawny, conjure, Bel canto, March's Lion Roars Through

Google Earth has improved a lot over the last decade, and it just got its biggest shot in the arm yet: more than 700 trillion individual pixels, to render the surface of our planet in exquisite detail.

The search company has updated its Earth and Maps applications with a…

1. on Page 22:
" ...His control of a previous unmanageable Parliament were portrayed in countless broadsides and prints as the arts of a veritable political conjuror"
Opera Buff Conjures Bel Canto on the Piano
Opera Buff Conjures Bel Canto on the Piano
On Sunday Daniel Barenboim gave the first piano recital presented in the Metropolitan Opera house since Vladimir Horowitz’s 22 years ago to the day.

ATHLETES in the ancient Olympics competed in the buff, on the grounds (among other things) that clothes were a hindrance to performance. Modern technology, however, has changed that. In some sports, notably swimming, the right costume can be an enormous boon.

And then there are the gardens that are the back or front yards of museums. For instance, at the cafe-garden of the Petit-Palais— with its palm and banana trees and sculptures and mosaic floors lit from below — a half dozen marble tables and metal chairs offer the ideal setting to watch the museum’s stone walls change from buff to tawny yellow as the sun moves.

March's Lion Roars Through Area 
Area transportation officials braced yesterday for what they say could be the largest winter storm in three years. By late last night, it had brought almost seven inches of snow to parts of the area and was expected to bring still more, making the commute maddening. 
(By Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post)

三月大雪用此March's Lion Roars Through 表示


  1. A large carnivorous feline mammal (Panthera leo) of Africa and northwest India, having a short tawny coat, a tufted tail, and, in the male, a heavy mane around the neck and shoulders.
  2. Any of several large wildcats related to or resembling the lion.
    1. A very brave person.
    2. A person regarded as fierce or savage.
    3. A noted person; a celebrity: a literary lion.
  3. Lion See Leo.
lion's share
  1. The greatest or best part.

にんき 人気


 人気俳優 a popular actor; 《映画の》 a film star.
 人気者 a favorite; a lion.


--> ━━ n., a. 黄褐色(の).


--> ━━ n. (水牛・牛などの)淡黄色の革; それで作った軍服; 淡黄色; 〔話〕 (the ~) 素肌, はだか; レンズなどをふく柔らかい布; 〔話〕 …狂, …ファン.
in the buff 裸で.
━━ vt. 軟皮でみがく ((up)); 柔軟にする.

in the buff INFORMAL
noun [C usually singular; U]
something which makes it more difficult for you to do something or for something to develop:
I've never considered my disability a hindrance, but other people have.

noun [C usually singular]
something that is very helpful and improves the quality of life:
Guide dogs are a great boon to the partially sighted.

verb [I or T]
to make something appear by magic, or as if by magic:
In an instant, the magician had conjured (up) a white dove from his hat.

conjurer, conjuror 
noun [C]
a person who performs magic to entertain people



━━ v. 目の前に呼び出す; …を…する; 魔法[手品]を使う.
a name to conjure with まじないに用いる名; 重要人物[重要な物]の名; 長たらしい名, 発音しにくい名.
conjure up 魔法で呼出す; (作り)出す; 想起する[させる].
con・ju・ra・tion ━━ n. まじない, 魔法, 呪(じゅ)文.
con・jur・er, con・ju・ror ━━ n. 魔術[手品]師.
con・jur・ing ━━ n. 手品(の演技).
conjuring trick 手品.

Bel canto

‘Beautiful singing’: a term generally understood to refer to the elegant Italian vocal style of the 17th to 19th centuries, characterized by beautiful tone, florid delivery, shapely phrasing and effortless technique.