2016年9月25日 星期日

foil, foiling, tip-off, propitious jingles, breathed a sigh of relief

A writer uses superheroes as foils for communicating science.

U.S. Lawmaker Calls for New Debate Over Patriot Act
A critic of the government’s electronic surveillance programs, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, said he was not convinced that a program to collect huge amounts of information about Americans’ phone calls had led to the foiling of any terror plots.


Organizers of a traveling exhibition about the human body breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday after an anonymous telephone tip-off led to the recovery of a stolen lung.
一個人體巡迴展的主辦單位,在一通匿名電話透露消息,而使失竊的肺臟失而復得後,寬慰地鬆了口氣。魏國金


Oracle Snatches Sun, Foiling IBM
Oracle struck a surprise deal to buy Sun Microsystems for $7.38 billion, swooping in after talks between Sun and IBM stalled.


German Marines Foil Pirate Attack on Bremen-Based Ship Off Somalia

The German navy detained nine people Tuesday following a dramatic action to
head off a pirate attack on a German merchant vessel off the coast of
Somalia.

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foil
(PREVENT) Show phonetics
verb [T]
to prevent someone or something from being successful:
The prisoners' attempt to escape was foiled at the last minute when police received a tip-off.A former partner at Ernst & Young was charged with insider trading on Thursday, accused of tipping off a friend about pending deals involving the firm's clients, including the $17.6 billion buyout of Freescale Semiconductor led by the Blackstone Group.

tip sb off phrasal verb [M]
to warn someone secretly about something that will happen, so that they can take action or prevent it from happening:
[+ that] Somebody must have tipped the burglars off that the house would be empty.
The robber was caught when someone tipped off the police.

tip-off 
noun [C usually singular] INFORMAL
a secret warning or piece of secret information:
Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested the drug dealers.
Following a tip-off from a friend, we sold all our shares in the company.
breathe a sigh of relief︰寬慰的(或如釋重負的)鬆口氣。例句︰We all breathed a sigh of relief when she left.(當她離開時,我們全都如釋重負地鬆了口氣。)
tip-off︰密報、透露消息。例句︰Police, acting on a tip-off, foiled attemtps to blow up the building.(警方根據密報採取行動,挫敗了炸毀這棟建築物的陰謀。)





In the race to build a national defense against chemical and biological weapons, Annapolis-based PharmAthene is putting its money on an unlikely horse.
Or goat, actually, one with unique properties to enable researchers' development of a drug that would foil the neurological effects of chemical weapons.

━━ n. (金属の)箔(はく), (料理用)アルミ箔, ホイル; (鏡の)裏箔; (宝石の光沢を増すための下敷箔); 他を引立てるもの[人]; 【建】弁.
serve as a foil 引立て役になる.
━━ vt. 箔を着せる[で裏打ちする]; 引き立たせる.
foil (COMPARISON) noun [C]

something or someone that makes another's good or bad qualities more noticeable:
The older, cynical character in the play is the perfect foil for the innocent William.


The bride had only one sure ally on her wedding day. This ally was not a relative or a best friend, but a bridesmaid her parents had hired to give her protection. The bridesmaid was, by training, a professional talker; she said clever things and was able to churn out propitious jingles. She was a foil for the bride, and her chatter was the shield she created for her young mistress at the time it was most needed.
新娘過門那天,身邊只有一個體己人。這體己人不是她的至親好友,而是父母雇來照應她的伴娘。伴娘專習此業,伶牙俐齒,口彩連篇。她把新娘烘托得更出色,又施展口才,在新娘最尷尬的時刻滔滔不絕,及時替她解圍。

propitious
adjective FORMAL
likely to result in or showing signs of success:
With the economy in the worst recession for thirty years, it was scarcely the most propitious time to start up a company.


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