2018年4月20日 星期五

stake, stakeout, feral, squat, sasquatch, Bigfoot, feral howls,

Nobody knows why this happens, we just know that it sucks.
Ever get the fear when you smoke up? Scientists are still trying to work out why.
"No matter how much rat poison, rat glue or rat cages you put down, it doesn't work," she said. "Look - during the night, all these rats are having a party."

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Ann Chiang has proposed forming squads of feral cats to catch mice in order to address Hong Kong’s rodent infestation problem.…

Having staked out their turf in Flushing, the two factions have long waged a bitter ideological battle.

渡部雄吉《Stakeout Diary》▒
《Stakeout Diary》(跟監日記)所收錄的照片,是1958年攝影師渡部雄吉(1924-1992)貼身跟隨兩位日本刑警調查一椿恐怖謀殺案件的神秘影像紀錄。

Bjarke Ingels’s ‘zootopia’ reverses the role of captor and captive to let animals roam free, while humans are hidden from view. But will it become a feral version of The Hunger Games?

Denmark's cage-free zoo will put humans in captivity
Bjarke Ingels’s ‘zootopia’ reverses the role of captor and captive to let...

With doughnuts, headlamps and feral howls, the author joins a sasquatch stakeout.

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Prankster cops Chris and Bill are joined by a Gina from the DA's office to stakeout a lakeside home.


Pronunciation: /skwɒt/

Definition of squat
verb (squats, squatting, squatted)

  • 1 [no object] crouch or sit with one’s knees bent and one’s heels close to or touching one’s buttocks or the back of one’s thighs:I squatted down in front of him
  • [with object] Weightlifting crouch down with one’s knees bent and rise again while holding (a specified weight) across one’s shoulders:he can squat 850 pounds
  • 2 [no object] unlawfully occupy an uninhabited building or settle on a piece of land:eight families are squatting in the house
  • [with object] unlawfully occupy (an uninhabited building): Clare, Briony, and the others had squatted the old council house

adjective (squatter, squattest)

  • short and thickset; disproportionately broad or wide:he was muscular and squat a squat grey house


  • 1 [in singular] a squatting position.
  • Weightlifting an exercise in which a person squats down and rises again while holding a barbell across one’s shoulders.
  • (in gymnastics) an exercise involving a squatting movement or action.
  • 2a building occupied by people living in it without the legal right to do so: a basement room in a North London squat
  • an unlawful occupation of an uninhabited building: this squat cost the ratepayer £46,000
  • 3North American informalshort for diddly-squat.I didn’t know squat about writing plays







Middle English (in the sense 'thrust down with force'): from Old French esquatir 'flatten', based on Latin coactus, past participle of cogere 'compel' (see cogent). The current sense of the adjective dates from the mid 17th century.


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Pronunciation: /ˈfɛr(ə)l , ˈfɪə-/


1(Especially of an animal) in a wild state, especially after escape from captivity or domestication:a feral cat
1.1 Resembling or characteristic of a wild animal:
his teeth were bared in a feral snarl
1.2(Of a young person) behaving in a wildly undisciplined and antisocial way:gangs of feral youths


early 17th century: from Latin fera 'wild animal' (fromferus 'wild') -al.


  • 発音記号[fíərəl]
1 ((通例限定))〈動植物が〉自然のままの, 野生の(wild);野生に返った
a feral child
2 野生味をむき出した, 残忍な.


 (săs'kwŏch, -kwăch) pronunciation
See Bigfoot.

(bĭg'fʊt') pronunciation
A very large, hairy, humanlike creature purported to inhabit the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Also called Sasquatch.

[From the size of the footprints believed to belong to it.]

[Halkomelem (Salishan language of southwest British Columbia) sε´sq'əč.]


See also: Bigfoot



bigfoot (third-person singular simple present bigfootspresent participle bigfootingsimple past and past participle bigfooted)
  1. (transitive, informal, sometimes capitalized) To control or manage forcefully; to exercise authority over. quotations ▼
  2. (intransitive, informal, sometimes capitalized) To behave in an authoritativecommanding manner. 

 stakeout / stake out
 (stāk'out') pronunciation
Surveillance of an area, building, or person, especially by the police.

 A stakeout is the coordinated hidden surveillance of a location or person for the purpose of gathering evidence, especially in regard to criminal activity. The term derives from the practice by surveyors of using stakes to measure out an area before the main building project is commenced.

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Definition of stake-out in English:


A period of secret surveillance of a building or an area by police in order to observe someone’s activities:they were looking for a vantage point for a stake-out
(stāk) pronunciation
  1. A piece of wood or metal pointed at one end for driving into the ground as a marker, fence pole, or tent peg.
    1. A vertical post to which an offender is bound for execution by burning.
    2. Execution by burning. Used with the: condemned to the stake.
  2. A vertical post secured in a socket at the edge of a platform, as on a truck bed, to help retain the load.
  3. Mormon Church. A territorial division consisting of a group of wards under the jurisdiction of a president.
  4. Sports & Games.
    1. Money or property risked in a wager or gambling game. Often used in the plural. See synonyms at bet.
    2. The prize awarded the winner of a contest or race.
    3. A race offering a prize to the winner, especially a horserace in which the prize consists of money contributed equally by the horse owners.
    1. A share or an interest in an enterprise, especially a financial share.
    2. Personal interest or involvement: a stake in her children's future.
  5. A grubstake.
tr.v., staked, stak·ing, stakes.
    1. To mark the location or limits of with or as if with stakes: stake out a claim.
    2. To claim as one's own: staked out a place for herself in industry.
  1. To fasten, secure, or support with a stake or stakes.
  2. To tether or tie to a stake.
  3. To gamble or risk; hazard.
  4. To provide working capital for; finance.

  1. 1.
    support (a plant) with a stake or stakes.
    "the gladioli were staked in gaudy ranks"
  2. 2.
    mark an area with stakes so as to claim ownership of it.
    "the boundary between the two manors was properly staked out"

phrasal verb:stake out
  1. To assign (a police officer, for example) to an area to conduct surveillance.
  2. To keep under surveillance.
idiom:at stake
  1. At risk; in question.
[Middle English, from Old English staca.]