2017年6月22日 星期四

cop, balk, cop-out, option, pigsty, pigpen, licensed doctors, piglet, bubble-wrapped

 




Google Inc.'s proposed settlement with European Union antitrust cops is under increasing threat of being revised or scrapped, amid calls to more tightly regulate the Web giant in the run up to European Parliament elections.
Politicians from France and Germany have in recent days ramped up rhetoric against the settlement with Google, which aims to resolve accusations that the company abuses its dominance in online search to promote its own businesses. Germany's economy minister said this week the deal should be improved....

 

 

  Even as Japan baulks at trade concessions, farmers move on

CHIBA CITY, Japan, March 6 (Reuters) - When it comes to trade policy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a choice between the fears of Japan's ageing ...

 

"Tyson wants farmers to stop euthanizing unhealthy piglets using manual blunt force."

 

A cartoon by Joe Dator.

 

Oil prices plummeted as traders worried that American drivers were beginning to balk at the price of gasoline.

So far, President Obama has focused on "bringing disparate factions -- doctors, insurers, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, labor unions -- to the negotiating table." But now that Congress is getting down to business, Obama is set on extending healthcare coverage and lowering costs. He envisions a government-run insurance plan that would compete with the private sector. A column one story in the LAT points out that private insurers are behind the requirement that everyone have coverage, though they balk at the competitive advantage that public health insurance would hold. The WP stuffs a short mention of the President's intentions but goes inside with a story about Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy's draft of a health care reform bill. Kennedy's bill would extend coverage by offering government subsidies to families buying insurance and place a greater burden on employers, while also extending long-term disability benefits. Opponents say the liberal draft is too expensive and harmful to business.

I.B.M. Withdraws $7 Billion Offer for Sun Microsystems

I.B.M. dropped its bid after Sun’s board balked at a reduced offer and I.B.M. resisted other conditions, said people close to the talks.


Even licensed doctors balk at the time and money needed to complete the course. Yang Jifeng, a 50-year-old doctor in Shanzhen village, began practicing medicine in 1975 when she was 19 years old. 'I think I'm too old to do that,' she said during an interview at her home, which doubles as an office and has a pigsty attached to the side. 'This is something for young people.'

而即使對於那些持證行醫的醫生來說﹐時間和資金上的困難也使得他們在面對培訓機會時不得不考慮再三。今年50歲的楊季丰(音)1975年從醫﹐當時她只有19歲。她的家同時也是她接診的地方﹐一徬就是豬圈。她在家中接受採訪時說﹐自己學這個太老了點﹐這是年輕人的事。

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Videos Teach China's Rural Doctors by Nicholas Zamiska WSJ 2007/7/17





Obama Offers Jobs Bill, and the G.O.P. Balks

By HELENE COOPER and JENNIFER STEINHAUER
The White House says it received "conciliatory" signs from some lawmakers, but a spokesman for the House speaker says the proposal lacks "bipartisan spirit."

Yahoo
's board plans to reject Microsoft's $44.6 billion hostile bid in a letter on Monday, saying the offer undervalues Yahoo, according to press reports.


Viewers will leave with their own lists of artists who should have made the cut. (Bonnard is on mine, though his absence is excused by the Metropolitan Museum’s current show of his late still lifes.) Some will also balk at the inclusion of Francis Alÿs, whose homage to Cézanne takes the form of a bubble-wrapped still life by the master. Ostensibly a substitute for the shimmering diffusion of form in Cézanne’s paintings, the plastic covering will strike most people as a cop-out.



TOP STORY

Home Depot Talks
On Unit Get Hostile

Equity Groups Work
To Set Deal; Banks
Challenge Terms
Home Depot Inc. last night was close to accepting about $1.2 billion less for its wholesale distribution business in the sale to three private-equity firms, people familiar with the matter said.
But there were still substantial doubts about whether the deal would close before a deadline yesterday night, as three major banks continued to balk over the financing.
The situation was becoming increasingly ugly, people familiar with the matter said, with some of the most senior figures on Wall Street trying to manage their exposure to a deal beset by twin crises in both the housing and credit markets. The banks -- J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Merrill Lynch & Co. -- were last night preparing for the possibility of lawsuits from the private-equity firms over the matter, those people said...



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pigsty=pigpen
[名]=pigpen 1, 2.

pígpèn[píg・pèn]

[名]((米))
1 養豚場;豚小屋.
2 ((略式))不潔な場所.
3 ((P-))泥まみれの子[人]. ▼漫画『ピーナツ』から.



cop-out
noun [C usually singular] SLANG
a way of avoiding doing something difficult or unpleasant that you should do, or the excuse that you use to do this:
She always thought that having a family instead of a career was a cop-out.





But the deal still must win the approval of the Bancroft family, which controls a majority of the company's voting stock and has balked so far at selling to Mr. Murdoch, with some family members instead searching for another buyer.

double
verb [I or T]
to become twice as much or as many, or to make something twice as much or many:
The government aims to double the number of students in higher education within 25 years.
Company profits have doubled since the introduction of new technology.

pigsty
noun [C] (US ALSO pigpen)
1 the building and enclosed area where pigs are kept
2 a dirty or untidy place:
Your bedroom's a pigsty!
pigsty home
PARIS — Amazon, the online retailing giant with a fast-rising share of the consumer book market, has adopted the literary equivalent of a nuclear option for rebellious publishers who balk at its demands.

option was found in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary at the entries listed below.

balk

(bôk) pronunciationv., balked, balk·ing, balks. v.intr.
  1. To stop short and refuse to go on: The horse balked at the jump.
  2. To refuse obstinately or abruptly: She balked at the very idea of compromise.
    1. Sports. To make an incomplete or misleading motion.
    2. Baseball. To make an illegal motion before pitching, allowing one or more base runners to advance one base.
v.tr.
  1. To check or thwart by or as if by an obstacle.
  2. Archaic. To let go by; miss.
n.
  1. A hindrance, check, or defeat.
  2. Sports. An incomplete or misleading motion, especially an illegal move made by a baseball pitcher.
  3. Games. One of the spaces between the cushion and the balk line on a billiard table.
    1. An unplowed strip of land.
    2. A ridge between furrows.
  4. A wooden beam or rafter.
[Middle English balken, to plow up in ridges, from balk, ridge, from Old English balca and from Old Norse balkr, beam.]
balk (BE UNWILLING), baulk Show phonetics
verb [I]
to be unwilling to do something or to allow something to happen:
I balked at the prospect of spending four hours on a train with him.━━ vt. 〔古風〕 妨げる; くじく, 失望させる ((in, of)); (機会を)逸する.

balk

Syllabification: balk
Pronunciation: /bôk
 
/
(British also baulk)




verb

[no object]
  • 1Hesitate or be unwilling to accept an idea or undertaking: any gardener will at first balk at enclosing the garden
    More example sentences
    • So when the builders told her she was dreaming, baulked at her unusual ideas and promptly doubled their cost, that was all the encouragement the business woman needed.
    • At first she baulked at the idea, saying she no longer performed those pieces.
    • They may balk at the idea of a top boss getting millions while a company's share price is falling.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 [with object] Thwart or hinder (a plan or person): the utmost of his influence will be invoked to balk the law
  • 1.2 [with object] (balk someone of) Prevent a person or animal from having (something): the lions, fearing to be balked of their prey
  • 1.3(Of a horse) refuse to go on.
  • 1.4 [with object] archaic Miss or refuse (a chance or invitation).
  • 2 Baseball (Of a pitcher) make an illegal motion, penalized by an advance of the base runners: the rookie balked and permitted Robinson to score

noun


Origin

late Old English balc, from Old Norse bálkr 'partition'. The original use was 'unplowed ridge', in late Middle English 'land left unplowed by mistake', hence 'blunder, omission' (giving rise to the verb sense 'miss (a chance)'). A late Middle English sense 'obstacle' gave rise to the verb senses 'hesitate' and 'hinder'.

euthanize

Pronunciation: /ˈjuːθənʌɪz/
(also euthanise)





verb

[with object] North American
  • put (an animal) to death humanely: older dogs may find loving homes instead of being euthanized

Origin:

1970s: formed irregularly from euthanasia + -ize



cop1

Line breaks: cop
Pronunciation: /kɒp
 
/
informal



noun

  • 2 (also cop-on) [mass noun] Irish Shrewdness; practical intelligence: he had the cop-on to stay clear of Hugh Thornley

verb (cops, copping, copped)

[with object] Back to top  

Phrases




cop a feel

informal Fondle someone sexually, especially in a surreptitious way or without their permission.



cop hold of

[usually in imperative] British Take hold of: cop hold of the suitcase, I’m off



cop a plea

North American Engage in plea bargaining.



good cop, bad cop

Used to refer to a police interrogation technique in which one officer feigns a sympathetic or protective attitude while another adopts an aggressive approach: questioners often play good cop, bad cop figurative the prime minister and chancellor were involved in a classic good cop, bad cop routine



it's a fair cop

see fair1.



not much cop

British Not very good: they say he’s not much cop as a coach

Phrasal verbs




cop off

British Have a sexual encounter: loads of girls think that guys just want to cop off with any girl



cop on

Irish
Become aware of something: she never copped on—you’ve no idea of the guilt I went through
[as imperative] Used as a way of telling someone not to be so stupid: ah, cop on, I was only messin'



cop out

Avoid doing something that one ought to do: he would not cop out of the difficult tax decisions



cop to

US Accept or admit to: there are a lot of people in the world who don’t cop to their past

Origin

early 18th century (as a verb): perhaps from obsolete cap 'arrest', from Old French caper 'seize', from Latin capere. The noun is from copper2.

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