2013年7月7日 星期日

gruff, fleeting, shoplifting, stuff, addled

 
Campers perform a welcoming dance on the first day at Camp Grounded in Navarro, Calif., which prohibits phones, computers, tablets and watches, as well as the use of real names.
A Trip to Camp to Break a Tech Addiction

By MATT HABER

In the woods, tech-addled adults can break the bonds of the digital world, at least temporarily, and return to the glories of color wars and real (not Facebook) friends.
  In Trek North, First Lure Is Mexico's Other Line

By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD

Central Americans fleeing crime and economic stagnation are flowing freely across Mexico's southern border and causing a spike in migration to the United States.
In Rome, Still Anxious
Woody Allen’s “To Rome With Love” is the tale of a New Yorkish intellectual addled by conflicting desires.
 
Men Are Shoplifters Too
It's not just bored, lonely women who stuff steaks under their coats.




Shoplifting costs German retailers 5 million euros a day

Germans are known more as big savers than big spenders, but according to a
new report, there's no shortage of small-time thieves.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=eway8fI44va89pI7



The dynastic power exercised by Wall Street tycoons in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was premised on scarce capital. Only a handful of European countries and their private bankers had surplus capital to finance overseas development. In this cash-poor world, J. Pierpont Morgan and other grandees exerted godlike powers over American railroads and manufacturers because they straddled the indispensable capital flows from Europe. With their top hats, thick cigars and gruff manners, these portly tycoons scarcely qualified as altruists. As Morgan liked to warn sentimental souls, “I am not in Wall Street for my health.” Yet he and his ilk rendered America an invaluable service by reassuring European investors that they would receive an adequate return on their investments, securing an uninterrupted flow of capital.

The mutual good will was fleeting.
By June, as the Uighur contingent rose to 800, all recruited from an impoverished rural county not far from China’s border with Tajikistan, disparaging chatter began to circulate. Taxi drivers traded stories about the wild gazes and gruff manners of the Uighurs. Store owners claimed that Uighur women were prone to shoplifting. More ominously, tales of sexually aggressive Uighur men began to spread among the factory’s 16,000 Han workers.

shoplift
(shŏp'lĭft') pronunciation

v., -lift·ed, -lift·ing, -lifts.
v.intr.
To steal merchandise from a store that is open for business.

v.tr.
To steal (articles or an article) from a store that is open for business.

shoplifter shop'lift'er n.
shoplifting shop'lift'ing n.



gruff Show phonetics
adjective
(of a person's voice) low and unfriendly, or (of a person's behaviour) unfriendly or lacking patience:
"If you must, " came the gruff reply.
He's quite a sweet man beneath the gruff exterior.

gruffly Show phonetics
adverb

gruffness Show phonetics
noun [U]

stuff
(stŭf) pronunciation
n.
  1. The material out of which something is made or formed; substance.
  2. The essential substance or elements; essence: "We are such stuff/As dreams are made on" (Shakespeare).
  3. Informal.
    1. Unspecified material: Put that stuff over there.
    2. Household or personal articles considered as a group.
    3. Worthless objects.
  4. Slang. Specific talk or actions: Don't give me that stuff about being tired.
  5. Sports.
    1. The control a player has over a ball, especially to give it spin, english, curve, or speed.
    2. The spin, english, curve, or speed imparted to a ball: "where we could watch the stuff, mainly curves, that the pitchers were putting on the ball" (James Henry Gray).
  6. Basketball. A dunk shot.
  7. Special capability: The team really showed its stuff and won the championship.
  8. Chiefly British. Woven material, especially woolens.
  9. Slang. Money; cash.
  10. Slang. A drug, especially one that is illegal or habit-forming.

v., stuffed, stuff·ing, stuffs. v.tr.
    1. To pack (a container) tightly; cram: stuff a Christmas stocking.
    2. To block (a passage); plug: stuff a crack with caulking.
    3. Basketball. To block (a shot or an opponent who is shooting), especially before the ball leaves the shooter's hands.
    1. To place forcefully into a container or space; thrust: stuffed laundry into the bag.
    2. Sports. To shoot (a ball or puck) forcefully into the goal from close range.
    3. Basketball. To dunk (the ball).
    1. To fill with an appropriate stuffing: stuff a pillow.
    2. To fill (an animal skin) to restore its natural form for mounting or display.
  1. To cram with food.
  2. To fill (the mind): His head is stuffed with silly notions.
  3. To put fraudulent votes into (a ballot box).
  4. To apply a preservative and softening agent to (leather).
v.intr.
To overeat; gorge.

idioms:
stuff it Vulgar Slang.
  1. Used as an intensive to express extreme anger, frustration, or disgust.
stuff (one's) face Slang.
  1. To eat greedily.
[Middle English, from Old French estoffe, from estoffer, to equip, of Germanic origin.]




addle[ad・dle]

  • 発音記号[ǽdl]

Pronunciation: /ˈadl/
Definition of addle

verb

[with object] chiefly humorous
  • make unable to think clearly; confuse:being in love must have addled your brain

adjective

archaic
  • (of an egg) rotten.

Origin:

Middle English: from Old English adela 'liquid filth', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch aal and German Adel 'mire, puddle'
[動](他)(自)
1 (…を)混乱させる[する].
2 (卵などを)腐らす, 腐る.
[古英語adelaぬかるみ→腐った→精神が混乱した]
ád・dled
[形]〈人・精神が〉錯乱した;混乱した;〈卵が〉腐った.


Definition of fleeting

adjective

  • lasting for a very short time:for a fleeting moment I saw the face of a boy


Derivatives


fleetingly

adverb

fleetingness

noun

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