Thursday, December 31, 2015

I was like & in a nutshell

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29


Brendan O'Neill: [sink to one's teeth into; I was like; in a nutshell; booze;] I have to say,  Australia, this is a really rubbish scandal. I mean, when I got here, everyone was saying that there's this huge scandal involving a royal commissioner, the Prime Minister, Trade Unions and I was like, "Yes, something to sink my teeth into", and then I read it and I was like: "Are you serious!". So, in a nutshell, this guy accepted an invitation to speak at dinner and he said :"I won't speak if it's a fundraiser."  Some one said to him:" it is a fundraiser." And he said :"Okay, I won't speak at it." That's it. I mean, there are no prostitutes; there's - there are no drugs; there's not even any booze and booze is like the bottom line requirement for any kind of political scandal.

Definition:

I was like:
I said.

in a nutshell:
1. in very few words, getting right to the main point.
2. used for saying that you are going to express something in a simple direct way.

unimpeachable & sink to one's teeth into

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Kelly O'Dwyer: [unimpeachable] They should be held to an incredibly high standard and I think that there is nothing that has been presented here that suggests that somebody of the unimpeachable reputation of Dyson Haydon who has served in the high court who has had an impeachable career. There is nothing to suggest to me that he should not be allowed to continue on conducting the very important role that he's conducting right now.

Brendan O'Neill: [sink to one's teeth into; I was like; in a nutshell; booze;] I have to say,  Australia, this is a really rubbish scandal. I mean, when I got here, everyone was saying that there's this huge scandal involving a royal commissioner, the Prime Minister, Trade Unions and I was like, "Yes, something to sink my teeth into", and then I read it and I was like: "Are you serious!". So, in a nutshell, this guy accepted an invitation to speak at dinner and he said :"I won't speak if it's a fundraiser."  Some one said to him:" it is a fundraiser." And he said :"Okay, I won't speak at it." That's it. I mean, there are no prostitutes; there's - there are no drugs; there's not even any booze and booze is like the bottom line requirement for any kind of political scandal.

Definition:

unimpeachable:
that you can not doubt or question;

sink (get) to one's teeth into:
to start to do something with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.



Wednesday, December 30, 2015

mockery & play it for all it's worth

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Richard Di Natale: [allegation; float around; mockery; get in the way; play it for all it's worth;]  It is typical. But what we know is that there are all these sorts of allegations floating around. We've got a royal commissioner who's got - who has links to the Liberal Party. He's now been found out accepting fundraisers to Liberal Party events. I mean, it makes mockery of the independence of the process, and that's the problem with this stuff. The politics always gets in the way of getting a decent outcome, and so you end up with, if there is an issue within the union at the moment, I think obviously that current government play that for all it's worth. Well find those people who are guilty of it, charge them and have them tried before the law. 

Definition:

mockery:
comments or actions that are intended to make sb/sth seem ridiculous;

play it for all it's worth
to exploit a problem, disability, or injury to get as much sympathy or compensation as possible.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

ploy & float around

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Richard Di Natale: [bash; fundraiser; ploy; union movement] Look, the Royal commission was set up as a union bashing exercise. It was pretty transparent at the time. You've got the fellow who is heading the Royal Commission now attending Liberal Party fundraisers. If it's not a bias, it's just really poor judgement and that should disqualify him in and of itself. It was deliberate ploy by the government. This government does this sort of stuff. It plays politics all the time with these sorts of issues. If there is criminality within the union movement, well, charge them. You know, that's why we have laws. So, if somebody is guilty of a criminal offence, they should be charged and they should prosecuted.

Richard Di Natale: [allegation; float around; mockery; get in the way; play it for all it's worth; try;]  It is typical. But what we know is that there are all these sorts of allegations floating around. We've got a royal commissioner who's got - who has links to the Liberal Party. He's now been found out accepting fundraisers to Liberal Party events. I mean, it makes mockery of the independence of the process, and that's the problem with this stuff. The politics always gets in the way of getting a decent outcome, and so you end up with, if there is an issue within the union at the moment, I think obviously that current government play that for all it's worth. Well find those people who are guilty of it, charge them and have them tried before the law. 

Definition:

ploy:
words or actions that are carefully planned to get an advantage over sb else.

float around:
to be the subject of frequent discussion or attention.


Monday, December 28, 2015

headline act & bashing

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Ad: [hand-picked; head up; headline act] Tony Abbott will do anything to attack his critics. So, he set up what he told us was an independent Royal Commission into Unions. Yet the man he hand-picked to head it up also agree to be the headline act at Liberal Party fundraiser. Independent, Mr. Abbott, honestly?


Richard Di Natale: [bash; fundraiser; ploy; union movement] Look, the Royal commission was set up as a union bashing exercise. It was pretty transparent at the time. You've got the fellow who is heading the Royal Commission now attending Liberal Party fundraisers. If it's not a bias, it's just really poor judgement and that should disqualify him in and of itself. It was deliberate ploy by the government. This government does this sort of stuff. It plays politics all the time with these sorts of issues. If there is criminality within the union movement, well, charge them. You know, that's why we have laws. So, if somebody is guilty of a criminal offence, they should be charged and they should prosecuted.

Definition:

headline act:
usually refers to a concert or show that has many different acts, the headline act is the one that will be the most popular, and generate the most ticket sales for the concert.

bashing:
very strong criticism of a person or group. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

hand-picked & head

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Ad: [hand-picked; head up; headline act] Tony Abbott will do anything to attack his critics. So, he set up what he told us was an independent Royal Commission into Unions. Yet the man he hand-picked to head it up also agree to be the headline act at Liberal Party fundraiser. Independent, Mr. Abbott, honestly?

Definition:

hand-picked:
chosen very carefully for a particular purpose.

head:
1. to be in the first position of authority and exercise control over people or an organization;
...



untenable & thuggery

Quotations:

qanda_2015_ep29

Dastyari: [untenable] Well, no. I think he says that, when he initially took it, he thought after that point in time, when he would be attending the event he wouldn't still be conducting the Royal Commission. But, look, you know, you can call it what you want, you can call it bias, you can call it perceived bias, you can call it any number of different things, the fact is his position is untenable. He Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon should be resigning. 

Kelly O'Dwyer: [outrageous; thuggery; intimidation; bribery; superannuation] Well, look, I think that this has been a really pretty outrageous slur on somebody who is an eminent jurist. It was very clear in the statement he made today that he overlooked the fact that it was a Liberal Party event. He immediately said that he would not attend that event, not speak at that lecture. Let's not forget that the lecture he was asked to speak at was the Sir Garfield Barwick lecture, and that lecture was a lecture of another jurist. So I think it's quite understandable,that he thought that he was delivering a law lecture, from one eminent jurist to another. But let's not distract from the fact that this is a Royal Commission that has not been set up, as Sam has suggested, to be some sort of political witch-huntIt's a Royal Commission that is looking at very very serious matters. It's looking at thuggery and intimidation and corruption within the construction sector. We've already seen people who have given evidence at the Royal Commission arrested after having given evidence outside the front doors of the commissioner arrested for the things as bribery, we have heard evidence given about the fact that one particular union official was paid $93,000 by superannuation fund, we've heard much much evidence along these lines and it's very very serious ... 

Definition:

untenable:
lacking the qualities such as sound reasoning or high ground that make defence possible.

thuggery:
violent, usually criminal, behaviour.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

errant & sad

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

"Move! Move! Move!" cried Helen, chasing him from corner to corner with a chair as though he were an errant hen.

"It's books," sighed Helen, lifting an armful of sad volumes from the floor to the shelf.

Definition:

errant:
doing sth that is wrong or not behaving in an acceptable way;

sad:
1. boring or not fashionable;
2. in poor condition;
3. ...

pneumonia & the height of

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

"It's as though they'd taken pains to torment me!" he cried, stopping dead. "did I come on this voyage in order to catch rheumatism and pneumonia? Really one might have credited Vinrace with more sense. My dear," Helen was on her knees under a table.

To come at all was the height of folly, but now that we are here I suppose that I can face it like a man.

Definition:

pneumonia:
a serious illness affecting one or both lungs that makes breathing difficult.

the height of sth:
an extreme example of a particular quality.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

stop dead & rheumatism

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

"It's as though they'd taken pains to torment me!" he cried, stopping dead. "did I come on this voyage in order to catch rheumatism and pneumonia? Really one might have credited Vinrace with more sense. My dear," Helen was on her knees under a table.

Definition:

stop dead:
to stop moving very unexpectedly.

rheumatism:
a disease that makes the muscles and joints painful, stiff and swollen. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

downright & Sunday best

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

They were strange ornaments to bring on a sea voyage -- china pugs, tea-sets in miniature, cups stamped floridly with the arms of the city of Bristol, hair-pin boxes crusted with shamrock, antelopes' heads in coloured plaster, together with a multitude of tiny photographs, representing downright workmen in their Sunday best, and women holding white babies.

Definition:

downright:
used as a way of emphasizing sth negative or unpleasant;

Sunday best:
1. somebody's best clothes, traditionally worn on a Sunday to go to church;
2. your best clothes that you wear for special occasions;

floridly & shamrock

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

They were strange ornaments to bring on a sea voyage -- china pugs, tea-sets in miniature, cups stamped floridly with the arms of the city of Bristol, hair-pin boxes crusted with shamrock, antelopes' heads in coloured plaster, together with a multitude of tiny photographs, representing downright workmen in their Sunday best, and women holding white babies.

Definition:

floridly:
florid:
having too much decoration or detail.

shamrock:
a small plant with three leaves on each stem. The shamrock is the national symbol of Ireland.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

leave & pug

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

In her anger that a woman of fifty should behave like a child and come cringing to a girl because she wanted to sit where she had not leave to sit, she did not think of the particular case, and, unpacking her music, soon forgot all about the old woman and her sheets. 

They were strange ornaments to bring on a sea voyage -- china pugs, tea-sets in miniature, cups stamped floridly with the arms of the city of Bristol, hair-pin boxes crusted with shamrock, antelopes' heads in coloured plaster, together with a multitude of tiny photographs, representing downright workmen in their Sunday best, and women holding white babies.

Definition:

leave:
1. official permission to do sth;
...

pug:
a small dog with short hair and a wide flat face with deep folds of skin.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

clench & cringe

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

Suddenly Mrs. Chailey, turning from the subject of sheets, dismissing them entirely, clenched her fists on the top of them, and proclaimed, "And you could't ask a living creature to sit where I sit!"

In her anger that a woman of fifty should behave like a child and come cringing to a girl because she wanted to sit where she had not leave to sit, she did not think of the particular case, and, unpacking her music, soon forgot all about the old woman and her sheets. 


Definition:

clench:
when you clench your hands, teeth, etc, or when they clench, you press or squeeze them together tightly, usually showing that you are angry, determined or upset.

cringe:
1. to feel very embarrassed and uncomfortable about sth;
2. to move back and/or away from sb because you are afraid;

Thursday, December 17, 2015

go round & counterpane

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

"There's only just sheets enough to go round, and the master's has a rotten place you could put your fingers through. And the counterpanes. Did you notice the counterpanes?

Definition:

go round:
1. (especially of food) be sufficient to supply everybody present.
2. spin, revolve;

counterpane:
bedspread; a cover for a bed and its bedding

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

tentative & gentry

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:
The discreet tentative way in which she moved, together with her sober black dress, showed that she belonged to the lower orders; nevertheless she took up a rock-like position, looking about her to see that no gentry were near before she delivered her message, which had reference to the state of the sheets, and was of the utmost gravity.

Definition:

tentative:
1. not behaving or done with confidence;
2. not definite or certain because you may want to change it later.

gentry:
people belonging to a high social class.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

flicker & intercept

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

One could scarcely see the black ribs of wrecked ships, or the spiral towers made by the burrowings of great eels, or the smooth green-sided monsters who came by flickering this way and that.

But just as she was turning with a view perhaps to finding some employment, she was intercepted by a woman who was so broad and so thick that to be intercepted by her was inevitable.

Definition:

flicker:
1. to be expressed or appear somewhere for a short time;
2. to move with small quick movements;
3. to keep going on and off as it shines or burns;

intercept:
to stop sb/sth that is going from one place to another from arriving.

Monday, December 14, 2015

brisk & eel

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

The colourless October sky above was thinly clouded as if by the tail of wood-fire smoke, and the air was wonderfully salt and brisk.

One could scarcely see the black ribs of wrecked ships, or the spiral towers made by the burrowings of great eels, or the smooth green-sided monsters who came by flickering this way and that.


Definition:

brisk:
1. cold but pleasantly fresh;
...

eel:
a long thin sea or freshwater fish that looks like a snake. There are several types of eel, some of which are used for food.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

fizzle & effervesce

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

The ship was making her way steadily through small waves which slapped her and then fizzled like effervescing water, leaving a little border of bubbles and foam on either side.

Definitions:

fizzle:
1. to make a gentle hissing sound;
...

effervesce:
1. to give off gas in tiny bubbles, often producing foam and a hissing sound;
...

Saturday, December 12, 2015

taper & exhilaration

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

A very thin line of shadow tapered on the horizon, scarcely thick enough to stand the burden of Paris, which nevertheless rested upon it. They were free of roads, free of mankind, and the same exhilaration at their freedom ran though them all.

Definitions:

taper:
1. to become gradually narrower; to make sth become gradually narrower;
...

exhilaration:
exhilarate:
to make sb feel very happy and excited.

Friday, December 11, 2015

pellet & walrus

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

"Pebbles!" he concluded, viciously dropping another bread pellet upon the heap. 

So far, owing to great care on my part, they think of God as a kind of walrus; but now that my back's turned - Ridley," she demanded, swinging round upon her husband, "what shall we do if we find them saying the Lord's Prayer when we get home again?"

Definitions:

pellet:
1. a small hard ball of any substance, often of soft material that has become hard;
2. a very small ball that if fired from a gun.

walrus:
an animal like a large seal; a sea animal with thick fur, that eats fish and lives around costs, that has two long outer teeth called tusks lives in Arctic regions;

Thursday, December 10, 2015

disquisition & denunciation

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

She got the name; but she got also a disquisition upon the proper method of making roads.

Beginning with the Greeks, who had, he said, many difficulties to contend with, he continued with the Romans, passed to England and the right method, which speedily became the wrong method, and wound up with such a fury of denunciation directed against he road-makers of the present day in general, and the road-makers of Richmond park in particular, where Mr. Pepper had the habit of cycling every morning before breakfast, that the spoons fairly jingled against the coffee cups, and the insides of at least four rolls mounted in a heap beside Mr. Pepper's plate. 

Definitions:

disquisition:
a long complicated speech or written report on a particular subject.

denunciation:
an act of criticizing sb/sth strongly in public

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

shoulder blade & pane

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

"My shoulder blades?" he asked, shifting them painfully. "Beauty has no effect upon uric acid that I'm aware of," he sighed, contemplating the round pane opposite, through which the sky and sea showed blue.

Definitions:

shoulder blade:
either of the two large flat bones at the top of the back.

pane:
a single sheet of glass in a window.

Monday, December 7, 2015

staple & bland

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

Naturally she fell to comparing her own fortunes with the fortunes of her friend, for Willouggby's wife had been perhaps the one woman Helen called friend, and this comparison often made the staple of their talk.

Blandly he passed her the jam.

Definitions:

staple:
1. a regular and important part or feature of something;
2. an important product, especially a food, that people eat or use regularly;
3. a small thin piece of metal wire bent into the shape of a flattened U with square corners, used to fasten things together, especially sheets of paper

bland:
1. showing no strong emotions or excitement; not saying anything very interesting;
2. ..

Sunday, December 6, 2015

untapped & hoot

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

The sense of untapped resources, things to say as yet unsaid, made the hour significant, so that in future years the entire journey perhaps would be represented by this one scene, with the sound of sirens hooting in the river the night before, somehow mixing in.

Definitions:

untapped:
available but not yet used;

hoot:
1. if a car horn hoots or you hoot or hoot the horn, the horn makes a loud noise;
2. to make a loud noise

Saturday, December 5, 2015

lurch & fend off

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

Mrs. Ambrose's worst suspicions were confirmed; she went down the passage lurching from side to side, and fending off the wall now with her right arm, now with her left; at each lurch she exclaimed emphatically, "Damn!"

Definitions:

lurch:
1. to move suddenly in a way that is not smooth or controlled;
2. if your heart or stomach lurches, it seems to suddenly jump because you are excited or upset;
...

fend off:
1. to push against an approaching vessel or object in order to prevent a collision;
2. to push somebody or something away, or turn somebody or something aside.

Friday, December 4, 2015

prolific & get on with

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

Rachel was an unlicked girl, no doubt prolific of confidences, the very first of which would be: "You see, I don't get on with my father." 

Definitions:

prolific:
1. existing in large numbers;
2. producing in large numbers, or containing large number of quantities of something, especially animal life;
3. producing a lot of fruit or many offspring;
...

get on (with):
1. to have a reasonably friendly social relationship with somebody;
2. ..

Thursday, December 3, 2015

unplumbed & asunder

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

Drawn up there, sucking at his cigar, with his arms encircling his knees, he looked like the image of Buddha, and from this elevation began a discourse, addressed to nobody, for nobody had called for it, upon the unplumbed depths of ocean.

Rachel was an unlicked girl, no doubt prolific of confidences, the very first of which would be: "You see, I don't get on with my father." 

Definitions:

unplumbed:
1. not measured with a plumb line to determine depth;
2. not thoroughly understood or investigated;

unlicked:
1. not licked, e.g. so as to be moistened, cleaned, or dried;
2. not completely or properly formed or shaped;

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

droop & spinster

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

As this was quite true Helen did not attempt to deny it, and her next remark, "But didn't they improve after we'd gone?" was unfortunate, for her husband answered with a droop of his shoulders, "If possible they got worse."

Mr. Pepper, indeed, created a diversion of a kind by leaping on to his seat, both feet tucked under him, with the action of a spinster who detects a mouse, as the draught struck at his ankles.

Definitions:

droop:
1. to bend, hang or move downwards, especially because of being weak or tired;
2. to become sad or depressed.

spinster:
a woman who is not married, especially an older woman who is not likely to marry.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

pish & peevishly

Quotations:

Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:

"Pish. None of the stories were good," said her husband peevishly

Definitions:

pish:
used to express contempt, annoyance, or impatience.

peevishly:
peevish:
easily annoyed by unimportant things; bad-tempered.