2016年8月23日 星期二

cull, emblem, en masse, round sth/sb up , akin, big draw

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Qwest's earnings rose 37% as it culled low-end customers. The company faced continued pressure as the number of land lines fell.

At Davos, Crisis Culls the Guest List

Politicians, not corporate titans, are poised to be the big draw at this year’s World Economic Forum gathering, as power shifts away from the free market.


draw (ATTRACT)
verb [T] drew, drawn
to attract attention or interest:
He's an excellent speaker who always draws a crowd.
Does he wear those ridiculous clothes to draw attention?
Could I draw your attention to item number three on the agenda?

draw 
noun [C usually singular]
someone or something that a lot of people are interested in:
We need someone at the event who'll be a big draw and attract the paying public.

*****Officials in Hong Kong say three dead chickens have tested positive for bird flu, prompting the city to suspend poultry imports and begin slaughtering fowl at the infected farm. The birds were found at a farm with 60,000 chickens, and further tests were being conducted to see if they had the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza. Officials said imports would be suspended for three weeks and some 80,000 birds would be culled.



29.05. - Scientists Divided Over How Best to Combat Avian Influenza

Avian influenza continues to make the headlines, especially against the
background of an increase in the migration of birds due to climate change.
But is culling really the best option to combat the disease?

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http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=evyj3cI44va89pI2


Last month's announcement that 400 kangaroos would be culled in Australia's capital, Canberra, attracted considerable international attention. The imagery was too good to ignore. Australia's national emblem, the kangaroo, was to be slaughtered en masse in the home of our parliament, high court and the national art gallery. Surely this was akin to clubbing giant pandas in Beijing or rounding up Bengal tigers in New Delhi.




cull
verb [T]
When people cull animals, they kill them, especially the weaker members of a particular group of them, in order to reduce or limit their number:
The plan to cull large numbers of baby seals has angered environmental groups.

cull
noun [C]
the annual red deer cull

em・blem



 ━━ n., vt. 象徴(する); 記章[紋章](で示す).
em・blem・at・ic, em・blem・at・i・cal ━━ a. 象徴(的)の; …を象徴する ((of)).


emblem 

Pronunciation: /ˈɛmbləm/ 


NOUN

1A heraldic device or symbolic object as a distinctive badge of a nation, organization, or family:America’s national emblem, the bald eagle
1.1(emblem of) A thing serving as a symbol of a particular quality or concept:our child would be a dazzling emblem of our love

Origin

Late 16th century (as a verb): from Latin emblema 'inlaid work, raised ornament', from Greekemblēma 'insertion', from emballein 'throw in, insert', from em- 'in' + ballein 'to throw'.


en masse 
adverb
If a group of people do something en masse, they do it together and at the same time:
The shop's 85 workers have resigned en masse.As is standard, the cabinet led by Premier Chang Chun-hsiung will resign en masse on January 28 before the new legislature convenes at the beginning of February.akin
adjective [after verb]
similar; having some of the same qualities:
They speak a language akin to French.

round sth/sb up (GATHER) phrasal verb [M]
to find and gather together a group of animals or people:
The cowboys rounded the cattle up.
I'll just go and round up Andrew and Patrick for the meeting.

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