What it takes to keep world's largest cruise ship afloat
The Oasis of the Seas can carry 6,300 passengers and about 2,300 crew members, requiring 700 tons of supplies, 80,000 beers and careful planning.New York is one of the world’s great drinking cities, and I raise a glass of Red Hook Rye that it will always be so. But America grew up as a drinking country, and it was once possible to come across as talented a barkeep in St. Louis, Chicago or Denver as could be found on lower Broadway. While it sometimes seems the country has become one massive expanse of big box stores, chain restaurants and strip malls, it’s reassuring to see that these drinker’s oases are not only surviving, but thriving. New York remains the shining star in America’s mixological firmament, but the clouds are clearing and the glittering expanse of the country’s boozy Milky Way is once more coming into view.
go up in smoke
“Over time, we re-evaluate his attitude, demeanor, what he says, where he is,” Ms. Ra says, “all to reflect the times and also be reflective of consumer attitudes.”
For example, “he was once flippant and made a lot of jokes,” she adds, “but he was softened up a bit now.”
“Most recently, Honda wanted to make him more real,” Mr. Ra says, adding that “he’s not interacting with other individuals now” and the car on sale in each ad is “highlighted more than he is.”
Smoke and mirrors is a metaphor for a deceptive, fraudulent or insubstantial explanation or description. The source of the name is based on magicians' illusions, where magicians make objects appear or disappear by extending or retracting mirrors amid a confusing burst of smoke. The expression may have a connotation of virtuosity or cleverness in carrying out such a deception.
IN BRIEF: Having a light, pert, trifling disposition.
The student had a very flippant attitude when the assignment was turned in late.
having no luck, no money and no opportunities:
a down-and-out loser
Nobody loves you when you're down and out.
down-and-out Show phonetics
noun [C] UK
smokestack industry noun [C] MAINLY UStraditional industries that produce large machines or materials used in other industries and create a lot of pollution in doing so:
There's been a steady decline in smokestack industries such as shipbuilding and steel.oasis Show phonetics
noun plural oases
1 [C] a place in a desert where there is water and therefore plants and trees and sometimes a village or town
2 [S] a calm, pleasant place in the middle of somewhere busy and unpleasant:
Her office was an oasis of peace and sanity amid the surrounding chaos.