2017年6月2日 星期五

harshing, harshly, metallic, tenuous, Race Time

The number of coffeeshops in the Dutch capital has fallen by half since 1995, from 350 to just 167. From the archive
The Netherlands’ increasing intolerance towards pot is harshing the mellow

A UK columnist has come under fire after suggesting that Ireland is not a real country.

Gaza Cease-Fire in Jeopardy
»PHOTOS | The Obama administration's Middle East envoy, George J. Mitchell arrives in Israel as renewed clashes threaten tenuous cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

New Attacks From Gaza and Israel Test Truce

Rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza into Israeli territory, and a bombing raid in response, further strained a tenuous two-week-old truce.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced, "Hamas was hit hard" during more than three weeks of fighting, but he also said that Israeli troops would continue fighting if Hamas failed to put down its weapons. The tenuous cease-fire followed a day of heavy Israeli bombardment and criticism from the United Nations after an Israeli attack killed two young brothers (ages 5 and 7) in a U.N. school.

The move represents a gamble for Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is facing a tenuous political future as the credit crisis takes a toll on the U.K. economy. Mr. Brown has been harshly criticized for his handling of the early stages of the crisis, which included the first bank run in the U.K. in more than a century.
此舉對英國首相布朗(Gordon Brown)來說可謂一次豪賭。由於信貸危機令英國經濟遭受了損失,布朗的政治前途非常嚴峻。布朗在危機早期的處理方式受到了公眾的嚴厲批評,當時英國出現了100多年來首次銀行擠兌現象。

The NYT's assessment of the Iraqi security situation boils down to its opening questions: "What's going right? And can it last?" On the surface it looks like a military victory: the Iraqi army has quashed Shiite militias in a number of hotspots, driving violence to its lowest level in more than four years. But the farther into the article one reads, the more unusual factors there are propping up the peace, including high recruitment for the Iraqi army, high oil revenues fending off inflation, tenuous deals with militias (including paying some insurgents to help keep the peace) and some very convenient assistance by American special forces. T

Automakers Race Time as Their Cash Runs Low

As G.M. and Ford burn through their reserves and slash more costs to try to stay afloat, the future looks tenuous.

The Dalai Lama spoke to the media Tuesday morning in Dharamsala, India, as he marked his 50th year of exile.
The furious tone of the speech followed a new clampdown by China tied to the anniversary of an uprising.

━━ a. 金属(質・性)の; (人が)冷たい.
  1. Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a metal.
  2. Containing a metal: a metallic compound.
Features include ultraefficient air conditioners, dual-pane windows with a metallic coating that blocks out the sun's heat and low-flow toilets.

NS Optimum Ltd., a British company, developed a PC called Argon that looks like a metallic skull with glowing red eyes.
  1. Having a quality suggesting or associated with metal, especially:
    1. Lustrous; sparkling: metallic colors.
    2. Sharp-tasting: an unpleasant, metallic flavor.
  2. Harshly resonant: “the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades” (Ambrose Bierce).
  1. A yarn or fiber made of or containing metal.
  2. A fabric, typically shiny or iridescent, made of such yarn or fiber.

1 unpleasant, unkind, cruel or unnecessarily severe:
harsh criticism
The children had had a harsh upbringing.
We thought the punishment was rather harsh for such a minor offence.
"There is no alternative, " she said in a harsh voice.
He said some harsh words (= spoke unkindly) about his brother.

2 too strong, bright, loud, etc:
harsh chemicals/lighting

I thought she'd been treated rather harshly.

noun [C]

Urban Dictionary: harshing

To bring someone down from a good feeling. Dude, you're harsing my mellow. by jsaun April 30, 2005. 27 9. Mug icon. Golden Shower Plush. He's warmer than ...

1 A tenuous connection, idea or situation is weak and possibly does not exist:
We were only able to make a tenuous connection between the two robberies.

2 LITERARY thin, weak and easily broken

  1. Long and thin; slender: tenuous strands.
  2. Having a thin consistency; dilute.
  3. Having little substance; flimsy: a tenuous argument.
[Latin tenuis.]


━━ a. 細い, 薄い; 希薄な; 微々たる; 実質のない.
 ━━ n. 細い[薄い]こと; 希薄[貧弱](さ).
ten・u・ous・ly ━━ ad.
ten・u・ous・ness ━━ n.
noun [C]
1 a competition in which all the competitors try to be the fastest and to finish first:
Do you know who won/lost the race?
Let's have a swimming race.
They're taking part in a race to the top of Ben Nevis.

2 an attempt to be the first to do or to get something:
Kieran and Andrew are in a race for promotion.
[+ to infinitive] Three newspapers are involved in a race to publish the story.
Another candidate has now entered the presidential race (= attempt to be elected as president).
Finishing this project by December is going to be a race against time/the clock (= an attempt to finish fast within a time limit).

verb [I or T]
to (cause to) compete in a race:
He has been racing for over ten years.
I used to race (against) him when we were boys.
He's racing three of his dogs on Saturday.

racer Noun [C]
1 a person or thing that races

2 a racing bike

plural noun
a series of horse races in a particular place on one day:
He often has a day at the races.

racing Phonetic
noun [U]
1 competition in races:
I enjoy cycling, but I'm not interested in racing.
I like watching horse/motor racing on television.

2 horse races