In the novel "Botchan" by Soseki Natsume (1867-1916), there is a scene where the protagonist and his colleague, Yama-arashi, dine together on sukiyaki. The beef needs to be simmered in the pot at the table, but the protagonist, being a typical impatient Edokko (Tokyoite), starts digging in before the meat is fully cooked. Yama-arashi, who is from Aizu (present-day western Fukushima Prefecture) and more laid back, admonishes him: "Hey, that meat isn't done yet. You're going to get a tapeworm from that."
Can anything be salvaged from this wreck? I doubt it. The deficit commission should be told to fold its tents and go away.
Despite such discouraging tales, Mary Ann Gould, the woman who started it all, is convinced that Philadelphia companies are on the brink of seeing it happen.
fold one's tent
Quietly depart, as in It's late, so let's fold our tents. This term is a partial quotation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Day is Done" (1844): "And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares that infest the day, Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs, And quietly steal away."
tr.v., -fest·ed, -fest·ing, -fests.
- To inhabit or overrun in numbers or quantities large enough to be harmful, threatening, or obnoxious: rats infesting the sewers; streets that were infested with drugs.
- To live as a parasite in or on: livestock that were infested with tapeworms.
[Middle English infesten, to distress, from Old French infester, from Latin īnfestāre, from īnfestus, hostile.
[動](他)〈強盗団・野獣・害虫・病気などが〉〈植物・場所などに〉出没する, 横行する, 群がる；((受身))（…が）はびこっている((with ...))
a dog infested with fleas
ìn・fes・tá・tion[名][U]荒らすこと；出没, 横行；群生.infestation in'fes·ta'tion n.
infester in·fest'er n.