Is Berlin losing patience with Britain's Brexit bravado?
Paul Fortin of Gecamines dismisses that argument as "rubbish", because it ignores continuing production costs and interest repayments.
"Without the Chinese," he adds - pointing to the disused Kolwezi mine - "all this will be just be scenery."
There's no doubt about Beijing's bravado. But until the deal can be properly scrutinised, the doubts will continue.
used to express your pleasure when someone, especially a performer, has done something well
noun: Boastful talk.
verb intr.: To boast extravagantly.
From French gasconnade, from gasconner (to boast), after Gascon, a native of the Gascony region in France. First recorded use: 1709.
Were people from Gascony full of boast and bravado? Not necessarily. Historical rivalries lead one people to generalize others' names as having some shortcoming and some of those names become part of the language. Other examples of such words are solecism solecism, Boeotian, and fescennine.
"Stanley Hauerwas's explanation is not appreciated in an era of instant broadcast and electronic gasconade." — Irony at UVa; The Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia); Aug 2, 2010.
noun [U] ━━ n. （pl. ～(e)s） 虚勢.
a show of bravery, especially when unnecessary and dangerous, to make people admire you:
It was an act of bravado that made him ask his boss to resign.
n., pl., -dos, or -does.
- Defiant or swaggering behavior: strove to prevent our courage from turning into bravado.
- A pretense of courage; a false show of bravery.
- A disposition toward showy defiance or false expressions of courage.
[French bravade and Old Spanish bravada, swagger, bravery, both ultimately from Vulgar Latin *brabus, brave. See brave.]
- 発音記号[brəvɑ'ːdou][名]（複〜es, 〜s）[U][C]からいばり, 虚勢
out of bravado
- 発音記号[dʒílt][動](他)〈恋人を〉（突然または冷酷に）振る, 捨てる.