Political spin

2009-02-13 11:32

That means they are twisting a story around in order to make the story appear more favorable. In other words, to put a spin on something is to lie about it.

Chicken or egg

2009-02-10 11:09

The chick-or-egg refers to the idiomatic expression: "Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?"

Lead a horse to water

2009-02-06 11:33

It means it's not easy to ask banks to start lending simply because government money is being put into them.

Flip side

2009-02-03 11:31

The flip side means the other side, the side that's often ignored or simply unseen.

World outlook

2009-01-23 15:14

The word outlook refers to a view. You look out the window from your room for example and you will see a view and that view is an outlook in its fundamental sense.

One tux a term?

2009-01-20 14:05

Please explain this sentence – "One tux a term. That's our idea of outreach to the Washington community" (George Bush's legacy - The frat boy ships out, The Economist, January 15, 2009) – and "One tux a term" in particular.

Where's the rub?

2009-01-16 12:41

"There's the rub" is the idiom in question here. This phrase, which was introduced, or rather popularized by none other than the great William Shakespeare, is often used as a tempering counter point to an argument that has just been made during a conversation.


2009-01-13 10:37

So many have asked me about “不折腾”, as in “不动摇、不松懈、不折腾”, a new three-nope mantra put forward by President Hu Jintao in a speech last month to mark the 30th anniversary of the opening-up policy championed by the late Deng Xiaoping.

How to read a book

2008-12-26 14:02

Reading a story through a line of words and sentences is like walking down a long narrow zigzagging road.

Gain currency

2008-12-23 14:10

"Currency" has nothing to do with, well, money. Here it means popularity. For reports, or ideas and principles for that matter, to gain currency is for them to get widespread.

Vintage car

2008-12-19 11:49

A vintage car is a classic in the sense that it'old (and good) unless of course if you'e talking about one of those old car fanatics, or if you like, connoisseurs.

Silver lining

2008-12-16 14:18

It means that the storm is over – the worst is coming to an end, and airlines that have been plagued by prohibitively high fuel costs now see some hope.



Raymond Zhou

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