2017年7月28日 星期五

collude, self-delusion, line up, in line (with) , linchpin, stranglehold, conspire, espresso,

German carmakers are facing accusations of collusive behaviour

China fines Volkswagen, Chrysler for price-fixing

China's anti-monopoly authority NDRC has imposed hefty fines against German
carmaker Volkswagen (VW) and US auto group Chrysler. NDRC has found them
guilty of colluding to fix excessive prices for cars and car parts.

The www.dw.de Article

Audiothe self-delusion of the powerful and the collusion of the educated 1 min 51

Japan, U.S., South Korea lining up trilateral meeting of foreign ministers in Brunei
U.S. Alleges Collusion On E-Book Prices

The U.S. Justice Department filed suit against Apple and five big publishers, alleging they conspired to increase prices for e-books. Three have agreed to settle.

Spurred by Private Hiring, Job Growth Gathers Steam

The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in February, in line with expectations, the fastest job growth since last spring.

Firms Line Up on Factories as Walmart Plans a Solo Effort
Walmart said its monitors would “conduct in-depth safety inspections at 100 percent”of the factories it uses in Bangladesh after six European firms signed on to a separate safety plan.

Hints of Collusion Between News Corp. and British Minister
By JOHN F. BURNS and ALAN COWELL 22 minutes ago
Evidence presented at an inquiry suggested that the culture minister, or an aide claiming to speak for him, worked covertly to help win approval for a takeover of the BSkyB network.
Tabloids’ Sting Kept British Politicians in Line
Political necessity has underpinned the uneasy collusion between British politicians and the nation’s tabloids.

Published: March 8, 2009
Back when I was a young media reporter fueled by indignation and suspicion, I often pictured the dark overlords of the newspaper industry gathering at a secret location to collude over cigars and Cognac, deciding how to set prices and the news agenda at the same time.

"It is unacceptable that the major fastening technology producers colluded for such a long time to maintain artificial price levels and to share customers and markets for products which are used every day by a lot of consumers," EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said in a statement. 歐盟委員會負責競爭事務的委員內莉·克勒斯-斯米特說,多家主要拉鏈生產商在一種人們日常所需的商品市場上長期相互勾結,損害了消費者利益,這種情況是不可接受的。

EU fines YKK, other zip-makers 328 mil. euros for cartels

Europe 'aided US in CIA flights'
Several European countries colluded with the US in the transport of terror suspects, a report concludes.

in line
1. Also, in line with. In conformity or agreement; within ordinary or proper limits. For example, The new policy was intended to keep prices in line with their competitors, or It's up to the supervisor to keep the nurses in line. Also see fall in line.
2. Also, on line. Waiting behind others in a row or queue. For example, The children stood in line for their lunches, or There were at least 50 persons on line for opera tickets.
3. in line for. Next in order for, as in He is next in line for the presidency. All of these terms employ line in the sense of "an orderly row or series of persons or objects," a usage dating from the 1500s.

As Voting Begins, Few Are Willing to Commit

Voters across South Carolina — from country restaurants to suburban malls to urban espresso bars — are finding it difficult to decide which Republican deserves their vote for president.

Nespresso's 30-second TV commercials will be its first in the United States.

Nespresso Coffee Develops a Taste for TV

A 30-second spot on national network and cable television is intended to introduce Nespresso, a division of Nestlé, to a wider audience of American coffee drinkers.

GOP: Corporations May Pay for Colluding with Democrats
Is Wal-Mart is the Benedict Arnold of corporate America for working with Democrats to raise the minimum wage?

espresso also expresso n. , pl. , -sos , also -sos . A strong coffee brewed by
forcing steam under pressure through darkly roasted, powdered coffee.


intr.v., -lud·ed, -lud·ing, -ludes.
To act together secretly to achieve a fraudulent, illegal, or deceitful purpose; conspire.

[Latin collūdere : com-, com- + lūdere, to play.]
colluder col·lud'er n.

[動](自)((形式))しめし合わせて[なれ合いで]事を行う;(…と)共謀する((with ...)).

v., -spired, -spir·ing, -spires. v.intr.
  1. To plan together secretly to commit an illegal or wrongful act or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.
  2. To join or act together; combine: "Semisweet chocolate, cocoa powder, espresso, Cognac, and vanilla all conspire to intensify [the cake's] flavor" (Sally Schneider).
To plan or plot secretly.

[Middle English conspiren, from Old French, from Latin cōnspīrāre : com-, com- + spīrāre, to breathe.]
conspirer con·spir'er n.
conspiringly con·spir'ing·ly adv.


verb [I] FORMAL
to act together secretly or illegally in order to deceive or cheat someone:
It was suspected that the police had colluded with the witnesses.

noun [U] FORMAL
It is thought that they worked in collusion with (= secretly together with) the terrorist network.

adjective FORMAL
The report concluded that there was no evidence of collusive behaviour between the banks.
col·lude (k ə-l ū d')
intr.v., -lud·ed, -lud·ing, -ludes.
To act together secretly to achieve a fraudulent, illegal, or deceitful purpose; conspire.

[Latin collūdere : com-, com- + l ūdere, to play.]

Utility Reform Eluding Japan After Disaster
By weakening Tokyo Electric, reformers hope to break the linchpin of collusion between business and government.

《中英對照讀新聞》Japan govt, media colluded on nuclear:Nobel winner 諾貝爾獎得主:日本政府與媒體聯手推動核能發展
Nobel-winning author Kenzaburo Oe said Japan’s post-war government and media colluded to give nuclear power a stranglehold.
The 77-year-old laureate with anti-nuclear views said the media magnate who controlled mass circulation Yomiuri Shimbun had used his newspaper to promote atomic power, in concert with one-time Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone.
" (Nakasone)said because this country does not have resources, Japan would need to find a new source of energy, which the United States had already invented," Oe told reporters in Tokyo.
Nakasone had pushed for nuclear power in the 1950s, and held a number of ministerial posts before becoming prime minister in 1982.
"The United States offered the know-how, the machines and the fuel -- which became the very first bit of nuclear waste now causing a big problem for us -- for free to Japan."
Yomiuri tycoon Matsutaro Shoriki -- who had briefly led the government’s science and technology agency -- "jumped at this opportunity" and unquestioningly promoted the technology, Oe said.
"The structure of the Japan in which we now live was set at that time and has continued ever since. It is this that led to the big tragedy" of Fukushima in March 2011, said Oe. (AFP)

1 首を絞めること;《レスリング》のど輪.
2 統制, 管理
have a stranglehold on ...

con·nive (k ə-n ī v')
intr.v., -nived, -niv·ing, -nives.
  1. To cooperate secretly in an illegal or wrongful action; collude: The dealers connived with customs officials to bring in narcotics.
  2. To scheme; plot.
  3. To feign ignorance of or fail to take measures against a wrong, thus implying tacit encouragement or consent: The guards were suspected of conniving at the prisoner's escape.
[Latin cōn īv ēre, connī vē re, to close the eyes.]
conniver con·niv'er n.
  • [kəlúːd]
[動](自)((形式))しめし合わせて[なれ合いで]事を行う;(…と)共謀する((with ...)).

line someone/thing up

  • 1 arrange a number of people or things in a straight row:they lined them up and shot them
  • (line up) (of a number of people or things) stand or be arranged in a straight row:we would line up across the parade ground, shoulder to shoulder
  • 2 have someone or something ready or prepared:have you got any work lined up?