2017年1月30日 星期一

flummox, gravel, gavel, macho, to "man up", Go Under the Gavel

China’s leaders are undoubtedly flummoxed by Trump.

Molenbeek has been known as a hotspot for IS activity ever since the Paris bombings. Yet security forces failed to penetrate its jihadist networks


The gavel never stood a chance against former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts.
WASHINGTONPOST.COM

Give the Ref a Gavel

By ELDON L. HAM
The real obstacle to prosecuting excessive violence in sports may be our culture's macho conception of athletes, who are expected to "man up" in the face of threats to their safety.



Everyone here is flummoxed about why the president is in such a fine mood.

Chislehurst (pronounced /ˈtʃɪzəlhɜrst/) is a suburban settlement in south east London, England and an electoral ward of the London Borough of Bromley.
Etymology
The name "Chislehurst" is derived from the Saxon words "cisel" which means gravel and "hyrst" which means wooded hill.

Mansions Go Under the Gavel 
By GERALDINE FABRIKANT
With the real estate market in the doldrums, many owners of multimillion-dollar homes are being pushed by creditors or courts to use auctions.




gav·el1 (găv'əl)
n.
  1. A small mallet used by a presiding officer or an auctioneer to signal for attention or order or to mark the conclusion of a transaction.
  2. A maul used by masons in fitting stones.
tr.v.-eled also -elled-el·ing -el·ling-els -els.
To bring about or compel by using a gavel: “The chairman . . . tries to gavel the demonstration to an end” (New Yorker).
[Origin unknown.]


gravel Show phonetics
noun [U]
small rounded stones, often mixed with sand:
a gravel path

gravelled, US USUALLY graveled Show phonetics
adjective

gravelly Show phonetics
adjective
gravelly soil

gavel
(găv'əl) pronunciation
n.
  1. A small mallet used by a presiding officer or an auctioneer to signal for attention or order or to mark the conclusion of a transaction.
  2. A maul used by masons in fitting stones.
tr.v., -eled, also -elled, -el·ing, -el·ling, -els, -els.
To bring about or compel by using a gavel: "The chairman . . . tries to gavel the demonstration to an end" (New Yorker).

[Origin unknown.]

gav·el2 (găv'əl) pronunciation
n.
Tribute or rent in ancient and medieval England.

[Middle English, from Old English gafol.]


flummox
verb [T] INFORMAL
to confuse someone so much that they do not know what to do:
I have to say that last question flummoxed me.Meaning #1: be a mystery or bewildering to


flummoxed
adjective INFORMAL

He looked completely flummoxed.

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