2017年1月8日 星期日

mugshot, to mug, muffle,muffler, silencer, straighten out your mugs, self-rule

 
The gun industry and advocates are hopeful about new legislation that could make silencers easier to buy.




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Deploying facial recognition software in the Boston investigation isn’t straightforward because the images available are very different from the evenly lit, frontal, passport-style photos stored in law enforcement databases. Such mug shots can be matched with about 99 percent accuracy, says Anil Jain, a professor at Michigan State expert who works on facial recognition, a figure that falls to about 50 percent for images of good quality but with added complications such as a person wearing a hat or glasses.


Cry for Self-Rule by Tamils Is Muffled by Reality
By LYDIA POLGREEN
After decades of war, any hope of self-rule among Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority appears to have been dashed by last month’s presidential election.


Would you please muffle your little commotion and straighten out your mugs.


 AT 3:45 on a recent Saturday morning — as frogs croaked into the void and a mufflerless pickup downshifted onto Cow Head Road — Rodney Scott, 37, pitmaster here at Scott’s Variety Store and Bar-B-Q, gave the order.



self-rule

Meaning #1: government of a country by its own people
Synonyms: self-government, self-determination


straighten sb out (PERSON) phrasal verb [M] INFORMAL
to improve someone's behaviour:
I thought that once he got a girlfriend that would straighten him out.


mug2 (mŭg) pronunciation
n.
  1. Informal.
    1. The human face.
    2. The area of the human mouth, chin, and jaw.
    3. A grimace.
    4. A mug shot.
  2. A thug; a hoodlum.
  3. Chiefly British Slang. A victim or dupe.

mugshot

noun

informal
  • a photograph of a person’s face made for an official purpose, especially police records: when shown mugshots, the victim was unable to recognize anyone
  • humorous any photograph of a person’s face: a mugshot on the book’s cover shows the author


Etymology[edit]

Compound of mug ‎(face) + shot ‎(snapshot), US. Compare mug ‎(portrait).

Noun[edit]

mug shot ‎(plural mug shots)
  1. photograph taken of the head and shoulders, often from the front and in profile, usually taken in conjunction with somebody'sarrest.
  2. (Britain, slang) An unflattering photograph of a person's face.


    Derived terms[edit]


    mug

    VERB (mugsmuggingmugged)

    1[WITH OBJECT] Attack and rob (someone) in a public place: 1948 :拳擊:打臉he was mugged by three men who stole his bike
    2[NO OBJECT] informal Make faces, especially silly or exaggerated ones, before an audienceor a camera:he mugged for the camera



    muffle (MAKE QUIET) Show phonetics
    verb [T]
    1 to make a sound quieter and less clear:
    The house's windows are double-glazed to muffle the noise of aircraft.

    2 to make something less strong or clear:
    The report concluded that business pressure on the government had muffled the impact of the legislation.

    muffled
    adjective
    I could hear muffled voices next door but couldn't make out any words.
    The muffled roar of traffic could be heard in the distance.

    muffler 
    noun [C] US
    a silencer

     muf·fler (mŭf'lər) pronunciation
    n.
    1. A heavy scarf worn around the neck for warmth.
    2. A device that absorbs noise, especially one used with an internal-combustion engine.

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