2016年11月28日 星期一

distracted , distracting, prospect, dreadfully, between whiles, tea-things




Trump’s Tweet Wasn’t a Distraction. It Was the Start of a Precision Assault on Voting Rights.
On Sunday night, the president-elect of the United States declared that more than two million fraudulent votes had been cast in the election that eleva ...
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 Taiwan in the world

Most distracted guest at the party


TAIWAN may well have one of the most unpopular elected presidents in its history. But, judging from events at a meeting of the United Nation’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) this week, Ma Ying-jeou is still capable of creating a diplomatic breakthrough here and there.


Murdochs Are Grilled
Rupert Murdoch forcefully apologized to victims of phone hacking by his employees but declared he was not to blame—deflecting the responsibility for the fiasco to other managers, saying "they behaved dreadfully" and "it's for them to pay."
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`Well, I'd hardly finished the first verse,' said the Hatter, `when the Queen jumped up and bawled out, "He's murdering the time! Off with his head!"'
`How dreadfully savage!' exclaimed Alice.
`And ever since that,' the Hatter went on in a mournful tone, `he won't do a thing I ask! It's always six o'clock now.'
A bright idea came into Alice's head. `Is that the reason so many tea-things are put out here?' she asked.
`Yes, that's it,' said the Hatter with a sigh: `it's always tea-time, and we've no time to wash the things between whiles.'

In Study, Texting Lifts Crash Risk by Large Margin
By MATT RICHTEL
For truck drivers videotaped for 18 months during a study, texting was found to be the riskiest distraction.




The Los Angeles Times leads with the prospect that the worst could be yet to come in California's budget crisis as companies, disenchanted by the state government's inability to mitigate the damage, take their business elsewhere.



Mr. Whitmore said that he was surprised by the prospect of a deal because such a major integration can be so distracting, particularly because, he said, H.P. has done such a fine job of re-organizing its business in the last few years.
The sale came just after the bank's chief executive, Kenneth D. Lewis, joined the growing ranks of top banking executives who are giving up their annual bonuses after a dreadful year in the financial industry.

Motorola, however, refused the request and called the move a distraction. "Motorola rejected Mr. Icahn's demand for extensive access to its books and records, as the company's does not believe that Mr. Icahn's demand sets out a proper purpose to support a right of inspection under Delaware Law," a spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

dreadful
adj.
  1. Inspiring dread; terrible.
  2. Extremely unpleasant; distasteful or shocking: dreadful table manners; this dreadful heat.
dreadfully dread'ful·ly adv.
dreadfulness dread'ful·ness n.



distraction

n. (名詞 noun)
  1. 分心,注意力分散[U]
  2. 困惑;焦躁不安[U]
  3. 分散注意的事物[C]
  4. 這兒叫人分心的事太多,使人無法好好工作。
  5. 娛樂,消遣;散心[C]
  6. 他抱怨城裡娛樂場所不夠多。
  7. 精神錯亂,發狂[U]
  8. 孩子不停地啼哭,吵得我快要發瘋了。
distracted 
adjective
nervous, anxious or confused because you are worried about something:
Gill seems rather distracted at the moment - I think she's worried about her exams.

distractedly
adverb

distraction
noun [U]
His lessons bore me to distraction (= bore me very much).
That dreadful noise is driving me to distraction (= annoying me so much that it will make me angry).


prospect
n.
  1. Something expected; a possibility.
  2. prospects
    1. Chances.
    2. Financial expectations, especially of success.
    1. A potential customer, client, or purchaser.
    2. A candidate deemed likely to succeed.
  3. The direction in which an object, such as a building, faces; an outlook.
  4. Something presented to the eye; a scene: a pleasant prospect.
  5. The act of surveying or examining.
    1. The location or probable location of a mineral deposit.
    2. An actual or probable mineral deposit.
    3. The mineral yield obtained by working an ore.

v., -pect·ed, -pect·ing, -pects. v.tr.
To search for or explore (a region) for mineral deposits or oil.
v.intr.
To explore for mineral deposits or oil.
[Middle English prospecte, from Latin prōspectus, distant view, from past participle of prōspicere, to look out : prō-, forward; see pro–1 + specere, to look at.]
distract  
verb [T] ━━ vt. (心を)紛らす; 迷わす; 取り乱させる, 狂乱させる.
to make someone stop giving their attention to something:
Don't distract her (from her studies).
He tried to distract attention from his own illegal activities.

distracting 
adjective
Please turn your music down - it's very distracting.

distraction
noun [C or U]
I can turn the television off if you find it a distraction.
See also distraction at distracted.
dis・tract・ed ━━ a. 取り乱した, 迷った; 狂乱の.

between whiles
at the interval


while
n.
  1. A period of time: stay for a while; sang all the while. See Usage Note at awhile.
  2. The time, effort, or trouble taken in doing something: The project wasn't worth my while.
conj.
  1. As long as; during the time that: It was lovely while it lasted.
  2. At the same time that; although: While the grandparents love the children, they are strict with them.
  3. Whereas; and: The soles are leather, while the uppers are canvas.
tr.v., whiled, whil·ing, whiles.
To spend (time) idly or pleasantly: while the hours away.

[Middle English, from Old English hwīl.]

dreadful
(drĕd'fəl) pronunciation
adj.
  1. Inspiring dread; terrible.
  2. Extremely unpleasant; distasteful or shocking: dreadful table manners; this dreadful heat.
dreadfully dread'ful·ly adv.
dreadfulness dread'ful·ness n.

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