2017年7月28日 星期五

duffer, heave, golfers idolize,mediocre, easy chair, throw a (monkey) wrench or a spanner into

 

London’s Underground system is heaving. Since 2007 the number of journeys on the Tube has increased by 30%; passengers now make 4m trips on it each day. The congestion is also spreading out—the number of people travelling off-peak has almost doubled. Such shifting patterns hint at the ways in which Londoners are changing the way they live and work. The Tube is now starting to change to accommodate http://econ.st/1JDPVQH


WHEN Catherine Mulligan, a part-time economist at a non-profit group, commutes from her home in south-west London to her office in Clerkenwell, in the centre, she...
ECON.ST

 "Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave 

My heart into my mouth: I love your majesty 

According to my bond; nor more nor less."
---Cordelia from "King Lear" (1.1)

Brazil Tries to Calm Protester Concerns, Rebuking Violence

By SIMON ROMERO and WILLIAM NEUMAN 9:05 PM ET
With cities across the nation heaving in the biggest protests in decades, President Dilma Rousseff said she would try to address some grievances.


On a recent morning, Dr. Xu held forth from an armchair on his adventures as an Einsteinian democrat, jabbing the air, waving his arms and laughing often. Albert Einstein stared down sternly from above a file cabinet.
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds,” the inscription read.
Clad in a blue shirt, slippers and thick glasses, Dr. Xu got up from his easy chair to stand beneath the poster. “Those are some of his best words,” he said.


最近某天的上午,許良英坐在扶手椅上,講述起他作為愛因斯坦式的民主人士的冒險經歷,他用手指點着,雙臂在空中揮舞,不時發出爽朗大笑。在對面的文件柜上擺着阿爾伯特·愛因斯坦肖像,正神情嚴肅地向下俯視。
“偉大的心靈總是遭遇來自平庸者的強烈反對,”題詞這樣寫道。
許良英身着藍色襯衣,穿着拖鞋,戴着厚厚的眼鏡,他從自己舒適的扶手椅上站起來,走到這幅肖像的下面,說道,“這是他最好的一句名言。”

 

 

The First Duffer

By Michael Scherer
What Barack Obama's little-known habits on the links reveal about his approach to the presidency


Golf enthusiasts have gathered in Farmingdale, NY, for this year's US Open. Reigning champion Tiger Woods is looking for a repeat of his last appearance in a US Open at Bethpage State Park. It was in 2002, the first time a publicly owned and operated golf course was chosen to host the US Open, and the event drew record-breaking crowds. Woods — the only golfer to score under par — won the tournament. Today, round two tees off on the park's Black Course, considered one of the most difficult golf courses in America. The first winner of a US Open (in 1895) was 21-year-old Horace Rawlins; he took home $150 in prize money. This year's winner will receive $1.5 million.
Quote:
"You know why the game of golf is popular? Very easy. It's a great game."Bernhard Langer


The golf world idolizes Tiger Woods, sure, but duffers will still be heaving 9-irons into ponds long after Woods plays his last major.


Lady Golfers for Rent: Escort Service for Duffers?

By Sean Gregory
A growing company offers golfers beautiful women as companion. Good business or exploitation?





German carmakers are facing accusations of collusive behaviour


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Czech president demands more changes to Lisbon Treaty

Czech President Vaclav Klaus has thrown another wrench into the Lisbon
Treaty ratification process, this time seeking an exemption to prevent
Germans expelled during World War II from using it to reclaim property.

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To throw a (monkey) wrench or a spanner into the works means to upset an operation, or screw things up, usually by sabotage but also by accident.


duffer 
noun [C] OLD-FASHIONED
a person who lacks skill or is slow to learn
n.
  1. Informal.
    1. An incompetent or dull-witted person.
    2. A casual or mediocre player of a sport, especially golf.
  2. Slang. A peddler of cheap merchandise.
  3. Slang. Something worthless or useless.
[Origin unknown.]



heave (MOVE)
verb
1 [I or T; usually + adverb or preposition] to move something heavy using a lot of effort:
He heaved the bag onto his shoulder
He cleared a space, heaving boxes out of the way.

2 [T usually + adverb or preposition] INFORMAL to throw something forcefully, especially something large and heavy:
She picked up a great book and heaved it at him.

3 [I] If something heaves, it makes one or more large movements up and down:
As the wind increased, the deck of the ship began to heave beneath his feet.

heave 
noun [C]
when you throw, push or pull something with a lot of effort:
They gave a great heave and rolled the boulder out of the way.

heaving
adjective
He stood on the heaving deck.

Definition of heave




verb (past and past participle heaved or chiefly Nautical hove /həʊv/)

  • 1 [with object and adverbial of direction] lift or haul (something heavy) with great effort:she heaved the sofa back into place he heaved himself out of bed
  • informal throw (something heavy):she heaved half a brick at him
  • 2 [with object] produce (a sigh):he heaved a euphoric sigh of relief
  • 3 [no object] rise and fall rhythmically or spasmodically:his shoulders heaved as he panted
  • make an effort to vomit; retch:my stomach heaved
  • 4 [with object] Nautical pull, raise, or move (a boat or ship) by hauling on a rope or ropes: Martin thought he might be able to heave the lifeboat in closer

noun

  • 1an act of heaving: with that last heave, Maurice’s anchor wrenched clear of the mud
  • 2 Geology a sideways displacement in a fault.
  • 3 (heaves)another term for COPD in horses.

Phrases






heave in sight (or into view)

Nautical come into view:they held out until a British fleet hove in sight

Phrasal Verbs






heave to

(of a boat or ship) come to a stop, especially by turning across the wind leaving the headsail backed: he hove to and dropped anchor

Derivatives






heaver

noun


mediocre


 
音節
me • di • o • cre
発音
mìːdióukər
[形]並みだが期待はずれの;可もなく不可もない;二流の, 劣等な.

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