2017年9月24日 星期日

crack, crack up, hare-brained,crack of dawn/doom, cracked pot, crackpot, towelette, emphysema

"People must understand that a rabbit is not a pet, but two-and-a-half kilos of meat with high protein and low cholesterol," says Venezuela's urban agriculture minister
Venezuela's war on cuteness

Taiwan: The place Uber couldn't crack
Uber has suspended its ride-sharing services in Taiwan after a lengthy battle with the government. Since launching four years ago, more than 15 ...

How has this shaped you?Not at all – except to remind me that grammar schools are not all they are cracked up to be, judging by the one I attended.

the Economist:GMH and Bioethics
醫學與生命倫理爭議: 基因改造人GMH( Genetically Modified Human )
**在基因改造食物GMF(Genetically Modified Food)和基因改造農作物 GMC(Genetically Modified Crops)都還有很大爭議之際,已經有醫師踩越紅線,在人體直接實驗基因改造,以解決『地中海貧血症』thalassaemia(thalassa=希臘文:海;em=希臘文:血;ia=名詞字尾,意思是:疾病、狀態)。

ABOLISHING thalassaemia is a noble goal. This inherited blood disease, which can cause severe anaemia and consequent organ damage, sometimes fatal, is a scourge to...

Page 43 …up at the crack of dawn to measure the height of bean plants?…It had no chance of showing itself for the fine distinguished gift it was. And so, putting, her back on the shelf, I turned to the other great lady, the Duchess whom Lamb loved, harebrained, fantastical Margaret of Newcastle, her elder, but her contemporary.

Amazon Struggles to Crack Publishing

Amazon.com Inc. is a big success in book retailing, but cracking the publishing business hasn't been as easy.

The Crackpot Caucus

It's not just Todd Akin. Many Republicans cling to ignorance that would get their ears boxed even in a medieval classroom.

By wearing a tinfoil hat everywhere he goes, Mr. Williams has earned himself a reputation as the town crackpot.
牟復禮(Frederick Mote)
牟先生的夫人極多才多藝,製得一手好陶瓷。當年牟先生為了讓東亞系的研究生有一個討論研究心得的場合,特地創辦了一個每 周一次的茶會。茶會的名字叫 Cracked Pot,字面的意思是「有裂縫的茶壺」。這當然是因為茶會所用的茶壺出於牟太太之手,上面的確有一道裂痕。但其名之所以起得很貼切是英文中 「cracked pot」 還有另一層意思,即是指癡狂之人。此名用來形容研究生初生之犢的無畏精神可謂妙語雙關,且富有禪意。這一茶會沿續至今,可惜這一代的研究生中僅有極少數知 其淵源了。

Definition of crack of dawn in English:

A time very early in the morningdaybreak:I’ve been up since the crack of dawn
An eccentric person, especially one with bizarre ideas.

Foolish; harebrained: a crackpot notion.

[CRACK(ED) + POT1, skull (obsolete).]

    1. Broken so that fissures appear on the surface: a cracked mirror.
    2. Broken into small or coarse pieces: cracked corn; cracked ice.
  1. Having a harsh or dissonant tone: a cracked voice.
  2. Informal. Mentally deranged; crazy.

crack up 1

informal Suffer an emotional breakdown under pressure:
I feel I’m cracking up, always on the verge of tears
2informal Burst into laughter:she tries to keep a straight face, but she keeps cracking up


Line breaks: hare-brained
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛːbreɪnd /

cracked pot sound
The sharp, nonresonant note, like the noise made by striking a cracked pot, made by percussion of subcutaneous emphysema or an air-filled cavity in the lungs.

Earlier this year, the actor revealed his struggle with the lung disease emphysema - caused, he said, by a 50-year smoking habit.
"I get very breathless, which is a pain in the backside," he told the Daily Mail.

Wipe on, Wipe Off: March of the Towelettes
Wipe on, Wipe Off: March of the Towelettes

(tou'ə-lĕt') pronunciation
A small, usually moistened piece of paper or cloth used for cleansing.

Photographs Pictures of the Day
A Somali girl carried a pot filled with a hot meal as others waited to receive their rations in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.


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(krăk) pronunciation

v., cracked, crack·ing, cracks.
  1. To break or snap apart.
  2. To make a sharp snapping sound.
  3. To break without complete separation of parts; fissure: The mirror cracked.
  4. To change sharply in pitch or timbre, as from hoarseness or emotion. Used of the voice.
  5. To break down; fail: The defendant's composure finally began to crack.
  6. To have a mental or physical breakdown: cracked under the pressure.
  7. To move or go rapidly: was cracking along at 70 miles an hour.
  8. Chemistry. To break into simpler molecules by means of heat.
  1. To cause to make a sharp snapping sound.
  2. To cause to break without complete separation of parts: cracked the glass.
    1. To break with a sharp snapping sound. See synonyms at break.
    2. To crush (corn or wheat, for example) into small pieces.
  3. To open to a slight extent: cracked the window to let in some air.
  4. To strike with a sudden sharp sound.
  5. Informal.
    1. To break open or into: crack a safe.
    2. To open up for use or consumption: crack a book; cracked a beer.
    3. To break through (an obstacle) in order to win acceptance or acknowledgement: finally cracked the "men-only" rule at the club.
  6. To discover the solution to, especially after considerable effort: crack a code.
  7. To cause (the voice) to crack.
  8. Informal. To tell (a joke), especially on impulse or in an effective manner.
  9. To cause to have a mental or physical breakdown.
  10. To impair or destroy: Their rude remarks cracked his equanimity.
  11. To reduce (petroleum) to simpler compounds by cracking.
  1. A sharp snapping sound, such as the report of a firearm.
    1. A partial split or break; a fissure.
    2. A slight narrow space: The window was open a crack.
  2. A sharp resounding blow.
    1. A mental or physical impairment; a defect.
    2. A breaking, harshly dissonant vocal tone or sound, as in hoarseness.
  3. An attempt or try: gave him a crack at the job; took a crack at photography.
  4. A witty or sarcastic remark. See synonyms at joke.
  5. A moment; an instant: at the crack of dawn.
  6. Irish. Fun; amusement.
  7. Slang. Crack cocaine.
Excelling in skill or achievement; first-rate: a crack shot; a crack tennis player.

phrasal verbs:crack down
  1. To act more forcefully to regulate, repress, or restrain: The police cracked down on speeding.
crack up Informal.
  1. To praise highly: He was simply not the genius he was cracked up to be.
    1. To damage or wreck (a vehicle or vessel): crack up a plane; crack up a boat.
    2. To wreck a vehicle in an accident: cracked up on the expressway.
  2. To have a mental or physical breakdown: crack up from overwork.
  3. To experience or cause to experience a great deal of amusement: really cracked up when I heard that joke.
idiom:crack the whip
  1. To behave in a domineering manner; demand hard work and efficiency from those under one's control.
[Middle English craken, from Old English cracian.]

crack of dawn

A time very early in the morningdaybreak:I’ve been up since the crack of dawn

crack of doom

peal of thunder announcing the Day of Judgement:I fell off the laddermaking a noise like the crack of doom