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Gee up

[ 2011-08-10 16:20]     字号 [] [] []  
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Gee upMany Nigerians hope that the acting president, bolstered by his own team, may gee up Africa's most populous country (150m-strong) and its biggest oil and gas producer south of the Sahara.

Could you explain "gee up"?

My comments:

"Gee up" is originally a command given to horses to hurry them up. "Gee up", "Move along", "Faster", and so forth.

Used on a person, "gee up" conveys the same message of encouragement, a rallying call for faster pace or greater efforts.

Here, Nigerians hope the acting president will lead the country to economic prosperity. In other words, they feel encouraged with the new leadership.

Well, that's the least they can do – hope for the best.

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Zhang Xin(张欣) has been with China Daily since 1988, when he graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Write him at: zhangxin@chinadaily.com.cn, or raise a question for potential use in a future column.