His house rules for a New Year's Eve party at his Hampstead home: "Fornication, madness, murder, drunkenness, shouting, shrieking, leaping polite conversation and the breaking of bones, such jollities constitute acceptable behaviour, but no acting allowed."
By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
The documents provide a detailed look into the intricate world of presidential fund-raising, which Mr. Obama and his team have mastered, and donor-stroking, which some supporters complain they have not. The campaign closely monitors its top bundlers, rating them by how much each individual or couple has raised and donated each year going back to 2007.
Opening Ceremony review: Palace coup provides Danny Boyle's master stroke
New York City announced a five-year deal with Microsoft for an array of computer services, a coup for the tech giant in its battle against Google for municipal contracts.
China Non-Manufacturing Contracts for First Time Since Feb.
3 (Bloomberg) -- China's non-manufacturing industries contracted in November after the government's curbs on property and lending damped demand. A purchasing managers' index for November fell to 49.7 from 57.7 the previous month, the China Federation ...
No one trusted Glenn enough to invest in his new business venture, as he had a history of skullduggery.
2 ((通例a 〜))（災難などの）一撃；脳卒中；（卒中・中風などの）発作((of ...))
a fatal stroke
5 《水泳》泳法；一掻(か)き；[U][C]一こぎ；漕法；整調（手）, ストローク(stroke oar)
6 ((ふつう否定文で))((略式))ひと働き；努力, 奮闘；手腕；手柄；成功
7 （ペンの）一筆, 一なで, （彫刻刀などの）一彫り；（タイプライターの）一打ち；一画, 字画, 一筆, （一彫りなどの）跡；筆［彫刻刀など］の運び；（文学作品の）特色ある筆致, 効果的な仕上げ
a bold stroke
9 （運の）偶然のめぐり合わせ, 突発；ひらめき((of ...)).
a stroke above ...…より一枚上手(うわて).
at a ［one, single］ stroke/in one stroke一気に, 一挙に.
put a person off his stroke((略式))〈人の〉（仕事などの）調子を狂わせる.
with ［at］ a stroke of the pen書類へのサインだけで.
2 〈ボート・クルーの〉整調としてこぐ；〈ボートの〉艇員のピッチ［漕法］を示す.3 〈ボールを〉打つ.
máster stròke[máster stròke]
or skul·dug·ger·y (skŭl-dŭg'ə-rē)
n., pl., -ger·ies, or -ger·ries.
Crafty deception or trickery or an instance of it.
[Probably alteration of Scots sculduddery, obscenity, fornication.]
Pronunciation: /ˌfôrniˈkāSHən/Translate fornication | into Italian | into Spanish
nounformal or humorous
- An agreement between two or more parties, especially one that is written and enforceable by law. See synonyms at bargain.
- The writing or document containing such an agreement.
- The branch of law dealing with formal agreements between parties.
- Marriage as a formal agreement; betrothal.
- The last and highest bid of a suit in one hand in bridge.
- The number of tricks thus bid.
- Contract bridge.
- A paid assignment to murder someone: put out a contract on the mobster's life.
v., -tract·ed, -tract·ing, -tracts. (kən-trăkt', kŏn'trăkt') v.tr.
- To enter into by contract; establish or settle by formal agreement: contract a marriage.
- To acquire or incur: contract obligations; contract a serious illness.
- To reduce in size by drawing together; shrink.
- To pull together; wrinkle.
- Grammar. To shorten (a word or words) by omitting or combining some of the letters or sounds, as do not to don't.
- To enter into or make an agreement: contract for garbage collection.
- To become reduced in size by or as if by being drawn together: The pupils of the patient's eyes contracted.
- To engage a person outside an organization by contract to undertake or produce.
[Middle English, from Latin contractus, past participle of contrahere, to draw together, make a contract : com-, com- + trahere, to draw.]contractibility con·tract'i·bil'i·ty or con·tract'i·ble·ness n.
contractible con·tract'i·ble adj.
n., pl., coups (kūz).
- A brilliantly executed stratagem; a triumph. An instance of successfully achieving something difficult:
- A coup d'état.
- A sudden appropriation of leadership or power; a takeover: a boardroom coup.
- Among certain Native American peoples, a feat of bravery performed in battle, especially the touching of an enemy's body without causing injury.
- Among certain Native American peoples, to ceremoniously recount one's exploits in battle.