--from THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH (1953)
In Gubernatorial Race, It's About Who's More Pro-Gun
Background Check Loophole Puts Fine Point on PoliciesWalking the jam-packed aisles of Virginia's biggest gun show, Richard Begay carried a .30-06 Sauer hunting rifle and a hand-lettered cardboard sign on his back asking $1,199.
The Europeans knew revolution at close quarters.
|unloose||(verb) Grant freedom to; free from confinement.|
|Synonyms:||free, loose, release, liberate|
|Usage:||His act seemed to unloose a thousand devils in the hairy creature clinging to his throat.estival (ES-ti-vuhl)|
adjective: Relating to or occurring in summer.
Via French from Latin aestivus (of or relating to summer).
"Ms. Croghan confides that she is sometimes known as a battle ax, both to locals and estival visitors." — Joanne Kaufman; Prep Work; The New York Times; Apr 25, 2008.
at close quarters 接近して, 間近に.
at close quarters
Crowded, in a confined space, as in We could use a lot more room; this tiny office puts us at close quarters.
This idiom makes figurative use of quarters in the sense of "military lodgings" but originated in 18th-century naval warfare. When the enemy boarded a ship, the crew would retreat behind wooden barriers erected for this purpose and would continue to fire through loopholes. They thus were very near the enemy, fighting in close quarters. [c. 1800]
adj., fin·er, fin·est.
- Of superior quality, skill, or appearance: a fine day; a fine writer.
- Very small in size, weight, or thickness: fine type; fine paper.
- Free from impurities.
- Metallurgy. Containing pure metal in a specified proportion or amount: gold 21 carats fine.
- Very sharp; keen: a blade with a fine edge.
- Thin; slender: fine hairs.
- Exhibiting careful and delicate artistry: fine china. See synonyms at delicate.
- Consisting of very small particles; not coarse: fine dust.
- Subtle or precise: a fine difference.
- Able to make or detect effects of great subtlety or precision; sensitive: has a fine eye for color.
- Trained to the highest degree of physical efficiency: a fine racehorse.
- Characterized by refinement or elegance.
- Satisfactory; acceptable: Handing in your paper on Monday is fine.
- Being in a state of satisfactory health; quite well: I'm fine. And you?
- Used as an intensive: a fine mess.
- Informal. Very well: doing fine.
To make or become finer, purer, or cleaner.
[Middle English fin, from Old French, from Latin fīnis, end, supreme degree.]fineness
- A sum of money required to be paid as a penalty for an offense.
- A forfeiture or penalty to be paid to the offended party in a civil action.
- An amicable settlement of a suit over land ownership.
- Obsolete. An end; a termination.
To require the payment of a fine from; impose a fine on.
- In conclusion; finally.
- In summation; in brief.
[Middle English fin, from Old French, settlement, compensation, from Medieval Latin fīnis, from Latin, end.]finable fin'a·ble or fine'a·ble adj.
[Italian, from Latin fīnis, end.]
- A way of escaping a difficulty, especially an omission or ambiguity in the wording of a contract or law that provides a means of evading compliance.
- A small hole or slit in a wall, especially one through which small arms may be fired.