? 

June 22 [Fri], 2007, 1:48



It looks like he is buckling under political pressures.

What is the German Chancellor's biggest domestic challenge?


Well, he has been plagued by immigration problems.

The authorities sent in troops to quell the riot.

A commercial airplane allegedly violated military airspace.



THe President suspended teh consittution and imposed martial law.

The govenment is expelling illegal aliens as part of a crackdown.


Political prisoners are on a hunger strike for better conditions.

The embassy denied political sylum to foreign refugees.

What kind of action did the authorities take?
/
They sent in troops to quel the riot.


Why did they shoot down a commerical airplane?
/
Because it allegedly violated military airspace.

The President took drastic measures. /
Yes, he suspended the constitution and imposed martial law.


WHy is the ogvenment suddenly expeling illegal aliens?/

It is part of a general crackdown on immigration law violators.


I heard political prisoners are waging some kind of protest./
Yes, they are on a hunger strike for better conditions.

What's happening?

The embassy denied political asylum to foreign refugees, so they 're rushing to the border.

All political dissidents were purged under the former
regime.


Greenpeace is fighting an uphil battle to save the environment.

Human rights groups are putting pressure on authoritarian govenments.

Internaitonal observers stood by to monitor the ballot counts.


Contenders for power are jostling for position.

The coup attempt was foiled at the last moment.


Why are there so few political dissidents in public life?

/
Because they were all purged under teh former regime.

What do you think of the Greenpeace movement to save the environment?


/
I think they are fighting an uphill battle.

What kind of action are human rights groups taking?
/
They are putting pressure on authoriarian govenments.

How do you know the elections were conducted fairly?

/
Internatioanl observers stood by to monitor the ballot counts.

Why is the ountry in such upheaval?
/
Because contenders for power are jostling for position.

Did the coup attempt succeed?
/
No, it was foiled at the last moment.

, 

June 22 [Fri], 2007, 1:47

How does the Representative intend to cut the budget?
He said that he will put a brake on spending.



I heard the confirmation was blocked by a fraud accusation.

Yes, the hearings turned into a free-for-all.


How did the lobbyists deliver the bribes?

They funneled them into a campaign fund.

THe new tax law makes tax evasion very easy./
Yes, it is full of loopholes.


The voters will rebel when they hear about the tax hike./
Yes, they won't put up with it.

Were reporters allowed into the trial?/
No, the hearings were made off-limits to the press.


The GDP accused the Democrats of pork barrel politics.

When the scandal broke, the Congressman's constituents were seething.

The U.S. is calling for an arms embargo against violators of the treaty.

The EC countries are working out a new security pact.


The U.N. moved to impose sanctions.


The GOP was doing a lot of name-calling at the rally./
Yes, it accused the Democrats of pork barrel politics.

What kind of impact did the scandal have?/
WHen it broke, th COngressman's constituents were seething.



What will the U.S. do to punish violators of the treaty?
/
It is calling for an arms embargo against them.


Ho will recent political events affect the EC countries?/


They are working out a new security pact.


What was the outcome of the U.N. Security Council meeting?


/
The Council moved to impose sanctions.

The new ambassador will push for a cease-fire to stop the killing.

THe dictatorship came under fire for its human rights record.

The two countries will negotiate a settlement to the crisis.




A small border dispute balloooned into a major international incident.

Neighboring nations caught in the fray are hurting for aid shipments.

Peace-keeping troops moved in to restore calm after the battle.

What do you think the new ambassador will do?
/
If he's smart, he will push for a cease-fire.

That regime is notorious as a dictatorship./Yes, and now it's coming under fire for its human rights record.

What kind of solution do you think is in store?


THe two countries wil negotiate a settlement to the crisis.

At first, I thought that was just a tiny border dispute./
So did I, but then it balloooned into a major international incident.

The conflict is affecting all the neighboring nations./
Yes, and the ones caught in the fray are hurting for aid shipments.

THere was really fierce fighting going on there.
/Yes, but now peace-keeping troops have moved in to restore calm.


U.S. revisionists take a hard-line aproach to Japanese relations.


Frictions between Japan and the U.S. are easing up for a change.

Western countries are jumping on Japan for its stance on the issue.

Japan guaranteed a 2 bilion yen aid package to developing countries.

The leader of the new republic is buckling under political pressures.

The German Chancellor is plagued by immigration problems.


How do U.S. revisionists want to deal with Japan?/
They usually opt for a hard-line approach to Japanese relations.

Do you think U.S.-Japan frictions are getting worse?
/
On the contrary, I think things are easing up for a change.

Why are Western countries jumping on Japan?


They don't like its stance on the issue.

What kind of said package did Japan just announce?
/
It guaranteed a 2 billion yen aid package to develping countries.

how is the leader of the new republic doing?

Now 

June 22 [Fri], 2007, 1:14
the President is nothing but a lame duck.

He was dropped because of his running mate.


The heat is on the administration to come up with a new policy.

That party is always pandering to the middle class.


The Congress went into recess.


The Congressmen rammed the bill through committee.

The countdown to Inauguration Day has begun. And now the President is nothing but a lame duck.


Why didn't he get the nomination?/
He was dropped because of his running mate.



The public is outraged over the environmental policy./
Yes, the heat is on the administration to come up with a new one.


The party is always pandering to the middle class. /
All it cares about is guaranteeing votes.

Why isn't the Congress in session today?/
Because it went into recess until next week.


How did they manage to pass that bill?/
They rammed it through comittee.

The President vetoed the bill, but Congress overrode his veto.

They are filibustering to prevent the bill from passing.

The governor took the money out of a slush fund.

The property was purchased with laundered political money.


His voting record is riddled with contradictions.

This looks like another government cover-up.



Didn't the President vow that he would veto that bill?/
Yes, but then Congress overrode his veto.

Why are the Senators staying up all night?/
They are filibustering to prevent the bill from passing.

Did the governor raise the money?/
No, he took the money out of a slush fund for emergencies.


Was that property bought with dirty money?/
Well, it was purchased with laundered political money.



THat politician is very inconsistent. /
Yes, his voting record is riddled with contradictions.

Do you think the FBI concealed the truth?/
Yes, this looks like another government cover-up.



The Representative said he will put a brake on spending.

THe confirmation hearings turned into a free-for-all.


Lobbyists for the bill funneled bribes into a campaign fund.



The new tax law is full of loopholes.


The voters won't put up with a tax hike.



The hearings were made off-limits to the press.

a bad apple 

June 22 [Fri], 2007, 0:56

Why are the opposition parties all up in arms? /
They say the ruling party is running a smear campaign against them.


What are all the party leaders meeting for?/
They are hammering out a proposal for political reform.


What do you think the impact of increased immigration wil be?


/
It could set the stage for new visa regulations.


Local officials are twisting arms to push new development projects./ Yes, but local opposition

is fairly well-entrenched.


Legislators are runnng low on solutions to the problem.

There was a flare-up between local residents and state regulators.

Politicians are cashing in on public apathy.

The new coalition government is riding out the storm.

The
Supreme Court overturned a previous decision.

Activists are stepping up their protest drive


Legislators are running low on solutions to the problem.
/ Yes, I wonder wheter they will ever come up with any answers.

What's the news?/
There was a flare-up between local residents and state regulators over zoing laws.


That law was passed without any public outcry. /Politicians are cashing in on public apathy.

The new coalition government is riding out the storm. ? Yes, it will survive by lying low
until all the commotions passes.

How did the Supreme Court rule on the matter?/ It actually overturned a previous decision.

Activists are steping up their protest drive./
Yes, they are organizing a rally outside the Diet.




Farmers are still sitting on the fence over which candidate to back.



Voters are taking out their frustrations at the pols.

The dark horse candidate was losing in the polls before the primary.
There was a new candidate on the ticket at the Democratic convention.

Local party members are trying to gerrymander the district.

Which candidate are farmers likely to back?/
It's hard to say,

They are all still sitting on the fence.

Non of the candidates implicated in the scandal was reelected.

/Voters are taing out thier frustrations at the polls.

That dark horse candidate was losing in the polls before the primary. / Yes, but hten he made adramatic comeback.



There was a new candidate on the ticket at the Democratic convention. / Yes, the Democrats are looking for new faces.

Local party members are trying to gerrymander the district./

Do you think a scheme like that will really get them votes?

The press always has something on the incumbent.

The candidates are out kissing babies and pumping hands.

The Democrats bought space on commercial television for the campaign.


He clinched the election when he came out against a tax increase.

She bowed out of the race before it was too late.

The independent candidate took the abortion issue off his platform.



They say the new Snator was involved with his secretary./

Oh, the press always has something on the incumbent.

The candidates are out kissing babies and pumping hands./

Yes, it's anything for a vote duirng campaign season.

The Democrats bought space on commercial tlevision for the campaign./
THey say the sum they spent was enormous.


How did he clinch the election?
/He came out against a tax increase and knocked out his opponent.


She bowed out of the race before it was too late. /
Yes, it would have been a fiasco if she had stayed in.


The independent candidate took the abortion issue off his platform./ Yes,
his controversial position was hurting him.

The Pool of Argument Topics 

June 21 [Thu], 2007, 22:49
opposition party is still harping on the scandal.


The bribery scandal created a backlash overseas.

The minister was in a fix over illegal dealings.

Party leaders are grappling with flaws in the party syste.


Corporate political donations are coming under heavy scrutiny.



The opposition party is still harping on the scandal./
Yes, and the politicians who are implicated just want to forget it.


What was the impact of the bribery scandal? / It created quite a backlash overseas.


Why did the cabinet member have to testify before the Diet?
/
He was in a fix over illegal dealings.


What is the point of the meeting?/ Party leaders are trying to grapple with flaws in the party system.



Corporate political donations are a problematic area. / Yes, recently they've come under heavy scrutiny.

The cabinet minister wound up submitting his resignation.

The Prime Minister is feeling the heat over his statement.

Bureaucrats are testing the waters over revising old regulations.


The Uppoer House seems bent on defeating any reform bills.



The minority party mad a last-ditch effort to block passage of the bill.


Factional in-fighting threw a monkey wrench into the deliberations.


What was the upshot of that legal investigation? /The minister wound up submitting his resignation.





Why
did the Prime Minister call a press conference?/ He was feeling the heat over his controversial statement.

Are those bureaurats really going to revise the old regulations?/
It looks like they are just testing the waters.


Do you think that bil will pass?
/
As far as I can see, the Upper HOuse seems bent on defeating any reform bills.



What was all the delay about?/
The minority party made a last-ditch effort to block passage of the bill.


Factional in-fighting is looking pretty fierce recently. / Yes, it could throw a monkey wrench into the deliberations.

The Diet was deadlocked over the bill.


Threats of retaliation are blocking negotiations.


The minister appointed one of his cronies to a key position.



The old guard was nearly voted out of the Upper House.

The number of minority seats in the Lower House is rapidly eroding.


The prefectural governor got the upper hand in the July elections.


Did the Diet approve that bill?/ No, it has been deadlocked over it.


There have been threats of political retaliation. / Yes, they are blocking the course of the negotiations.

Did the minister appoint anybody new to that key position?/

No, just another one of his cronies.






How did the old guard do in the elections?/ They were nearly voted out of the
Upper House.



The number of minority seats in the Lower House is rapidly eroding. /
It may be a while before they regain their strenght.


The prefectural governor got the upper hand in the July elections.
/
Yes, he beat out all his opponents.


Attempts to redraw voting districts have hit a wall of opposition.

Candidates traded blows over the proposed tax cuts.



The ruling party is running a smear campaign against the opposition.

Party leaders are hamering out a proposal for political reform.

Increased immigration could set the stage for new visa regulations.


Local officials are twisting arms to push new development projects.


Are attempts to redraw voting districts likely to succeed?/
No, for the time beng they have hit a wall of opposition.


What was the Diet debate about?/ Politicians just traded blows over the proposed tax cuts.

ubiquitous 

June 21 [Thu], 2007, 19:01
ubiquitous

undulate

unrequited
unscathed

uproarious

uproot



uterus


velocity

venal

venomous

verbose

vicarious

vitiated

voluminous


well-heeled

whiff


whop



wistful


wobbly


wrangle


wring

yardstick

zenith


abscond

accolade

acrophobia

addled

a la



albeit

alias


alimony

altercate

altruism

amorhpous

anesthetic

anorexia

aperture

apocalyptic


apropos

archrival


atheism

attenuate


attrition

autonomic

avant-garde

bamboozle



bedrock

behemoth

beleaguer


benediction

bequeath



besmirch


betroth


biceps




bigamy

bombast


bona fide

brokerage



cadaverous


cadet

Caesarean
section

calibrate

calisthenics

cannibalize


cantankerous

carousal

cartilage


cataclysm

caucus

cenotaph

chamberlain



chimerical



cirea

clandestine


close-knit


coagulate

comeuppance


commensurate


compunction

concomitant


concubine


cnfiguration

consortium



constellation

contraband

convection

cornea

coronary

crisscross

crony

cryptic


culuminate



debenture

debonair



deciduous


decrepit


deja vu


deleterious

demented

deportment

depreciate

dialectial

distribe


dilapidated

disfranchise

disheveled

dither


doleful


domicile

draconian

dumbfound

dures
dyslexia

effervescent

emancipate

embryo



emissary

en bloc

enclave


ensconce


entourage




epistle

erstwhile

eschew

ethereal

euthanasia

excoriate

expatiate

expunge

extrapolate

facetious

fetid


filament



finesse

flabbergast

freewheeling

frivolous

frolic

fumigate

fulsome

fuselage

gallant



gesticulate


grandient

grunt

gullet


gumption
hackneyed


halcyon


happenstance

harangue

haywire


helical


hemorrhage



henchman

hindsight

hirsute


horticulture


idyllic


ignminious

imbecile

impecunious

impregnable

impresario



incandescent



incontinence


increment


inculcate


infinitesimal


inimical

innuendo


insignia

interpellate

invective

inveigle


invertebrate

irascible

jaundice



jettison


jocose


juxtapose



laconic


laissez faire



lampoon

legerdemain

lingua franca

liturgy


loquacious

machinate
malinger

malleable

mangle



manure

masquerade

a bad apple 

June 21 [Thu], 2007, 18:52
a bad apple



a bed of roses


a bone of contention



a chip on one's shoulder

a drug on the market

a hil of beans

a pat on the hack


a shot in the dark

a slap on the wrist

a stuffed shirt

A wonder lasts but (only) nine days



an old flame

armed to the teeth


(as) dead as a doornail

(as ) different as night and day


(as ) poor as a church mouse


(as) scarce as hen's teeth

as much (many, large) again as


at loggerheads



at the drop of a hat


at the end of one's tether

be dolled up

be in a rut



be second only to


heat one's head against a (brick) wall



between one's teeth

bid fair to do


bite off more than one can chew



bite the hand that feeds one

how and scrape



break ground

breathe down one's neck

build castles in the air


call the shots


carry a torch for



catch a person nappling

chase one's tail

chew the cud


chime in


clam up



come out in the wash



cool one's heels


cough up

cry on a person's shoulder

do one's bit


dole out


dot one's (the ) i's and cross one's (the ) t's

draw a blank

egg 〜on


fal into line


feed (give) a person a line


feel 〜 in one's bones

fish in troubled waters

fizzle out

from rags to riches

get carried away

get into the swing of it (things)
get〜 off one's chest

get on one's high horse



get 〜 out of one's system


give a person goose bumps

(pimples)



give a person the runaround



give a wide berth to



give one's right arm (band)


go haywire


go off (at) the deep end


go the extra mile

zonk out 

June 21 [Thu], 2007, 18:33
zonk out


zero in on



would (just) as soon do (as not)



when the chips are down


what makes
tick


wear one's heart on one's sleeve


wash one's dirty linen in public

upset the applecart



(up) to the nines


under the aegis of


turn a person's head

tooth and nail

too big for one's breeches (pants)


to the nth degree


throw the baby
out with the bath water


throw a monkey wrench into


thrash out

the tail end




(the) low man on the totem pole

the birds and (the) bees

the acid test

tel tales (out of school)


talk a blue streak



take (plead) the fifth


take the bull by the horns
take its (a ) toll

sweep under the rug


swallow (pocket) one's pride


stock in trade


stick (stand) out like a sore thumb



step into the breach


squeeze (suck) an orange


square the circle


spread (run) like wildfire


sow one's wild oats



snap up



sit up and take notice


sit pretty


siphon off

sign on the dotted line

shake in one's shoes ( boots)


set the world on fire


separate the wheat from the chaff


send a person out to graze



see which way the wind blows


ruffle (up ) a person's feathers



rubber stamp

rob Peter to pay Paul



rise to the occasion

ride roughshod over



rest on one's laurels



rake (call, drag) a person over the coals


put out a feeler


put one's money where one's mouth is

put one's John Hancock on

put on the feedbag


put on a front


put a crimp in

pump iron



pull oneself up by one's own bootstraps


pul a person's chestnuts out of the fire



pull a fast one on



pull a boner

pound (hit) the pavement


port of call



play second fiddle

play fast and loose


pine away

pay through the nose



pass muster


pare down



paper over the cracks



pan out

over one's dead body


open and shut


one's own flesh and blood

on the wrong (other ) side of


Old Glory

not worth a red cent


not turn a hair

not mince (one's ) words


not know a person from Adam


no room to
swing a cat (in)



nip and tuck


neither fish nor fowl



mete out


make oneself scarce


make no bones about


make bricks without straw



lower the boom


lose one's marbles


look as if butter would not melt in one's mouth




live the life of Riley

live down the disgrace

let the grass grow under one's feet

let the chips fall where they may


Let George do it


leave a person in the lurch



lay it on the line


knuckle under



knock on wood


keep the wolf from the door


keep one's eyes peeled (open,skinned)



jump out of the frying pan into the fire



jockey (maneuver) for position


jibe with

jam ( slam ) on the brakes


it takes two to tango


in the doghouse



in lieu of


hook, line and sinker



hit a snag


have one's heart in one'S mouth (throat)

have hats in one's (the) belfry

have an ax to grind



have a screw loose


have a memory (head) like a sieve


have a bee in one's bonnet



hark back



hang by a (single )thread



hand over fist


hack away at

go west


go through the wringer

abdicate 

June 21 [Thu], 2007, 11:33
abdicate
〜を辞任する、放棄する

abet 〜を煽動する、けしかける


accession 就任、受け入れ図書

acclimate 〜に順応させる


adjoining
 接している
ado
騒ぎ、骨おり

adultery 

affable 愛想のよい、ものやわらかな
aftermath
余波、結果



alley
小道


allude
ほのめかす
altimeter
高度計


ambush
待ち伏せ
amenable
服しやすい、扱いやすい


antibiotic
抗生物質

arcane
不可解な、神秘的な

artery
動脈

artifice
計略、巧妙さ
asthma
喘息


athlete's foot
水虫

audacious
大胆な、ずうずうしい
authentic
本物の、信用できる
autonym
本名


bail
保釈
ballot
投票(権)

banal
陳腐な、平凡な


banter
〜をからかう ひやかし
barbed wire
有刺鉄線

berate
〜をひどく叱りつける

biannual
年2回の 2年に1回の

bisect
〜を二分する、横切る
bland
個性のない、穏やかな

bolster
〜を強める

booty
戦利品、略奪品


bounty
寛大、施し物

breathtaking
はらはらさせる、あっと言わせる
brisk
活発な、心地よい

broach
〜を切り出す、突き通す
bulge
ふくらみ、急増

ふくれあがる

buttock

cajole
〜をおだてて 〜させる
canine
犬の

canny
慎重な、抜け目のない
carcinogen
発ガン性物質
carnal
肉体の、世俗的な


centrifugal
遠心性の
ceremonious
儀式ばった、堅苦しい


chasten
〜を懲らしめる、鍛える
choreography
振り付け、舞踊術

chromosome
染色体

chrysanthemum

clasp
〜をぐっと握る、留め金で留める
clergyman
聖職者、牧師
cluster

群がる、ふさ、集団
coherent
首尾一貫した
coinage
発明品、新造語、貨幣鋳造
compatible
両立できる


conciliatory
懐柔的な、なだめるような

condole
悔やみを言う
confiscate
〜を押収する、差し押さえる

congenital
先天的な
conjecture
推測、〜を推測する
contemptible
卑しむべき、下劣な

contiguous
隣接している

contraception
避妊(法)

corps
軍隊、隊
correlation
相関関係

counterfeit
にせの
covert
隠れた、秘密の
creditable
〜の名誉となる、立派な
curio
こっとう品、美術品


curt
簡略な、ぶっきらぼうな


custody
保護、拘留

cut- and dried
月並みの、型にはまった
decite


derogate
傷つける、減じる

desultory
漫然とした、支離滅裂な
detour
遠回り

dichotomy
二分、二分法
diffuse
〜を普及させる、拡散させる
dispossession
追い立て、強奪
distraught
取り乱した、狂気の

diversion
気晴らし、流用

drab
単調さ、おもしろみのない

drudge
あくせく働く、退屈な仕事
あくせく働く人
efficacious
有効な

effusive
あふれる、火成岩の
egalitarian
平等主義者
enmity
憎悪、対立

enthral
〜を魅了する、とりこにする
entrench
〜を塹壕で囲む、固める

enumerate
〜をひとつひとつ列挙する

envoy
使節、外交官


epitomize
〜を要約する、〜の典型である
equivocal
はっきりしない、まぎらわしい

eradicate
〜を撲滅する、消す

esoteric
難解な、秘伝の

estrange
〜を疎遠にする

evacuate
〜を非難させる、撤退させる

exhaustive
徹底的な、余す所のない

exhume
〜を発掘する、明るみに出す
expound
〜を詳述する、解説する

extort
〜をゆする、強要する


extravagant
浪費する、途方もなく高い

fallible
誤りやすい、間違いやすい

feckless
役に立たない、弱々しい
fiasco
大失敗

fidget
そわそわする、くよくよする

filibuster
妨害戦術、妨害者
flimsy
もろい、不十分な
forebear
先祖、祖先
fortification
要塞(化)
fray
〜をすり切らす

口論

full-fledged
一人前になった

あお 

June 21 [Thu], 2007, 10:12

pilfer

をくすねる

こそ泥をする
pillage
略奪する

pique
を立腹させる

をいらだたせる


を刺激する


pledge
を誓約する


plummet
(真っ直ぐに)落ちる

plunder

を略奪する
ponder

を熟考する

熟慮する


prance
踊り跳ねる

precipitaoin
を促進する

を落とす、(雨などが)降る
quench
(かわき)をいやす
を抑える
preclude
をはばむ
procrastinate


ぐずぐずする
prognosticate
を予言する

proliferate
増殖する
を増殖させる

prostrate
をひれ伏させる

purge
を清める
を追放する

purloing

を盗む

rally
を呼び集める
を奮い起こす

ransack

(場所など)を徹底的に探る

を略奪する






recapitulate
を要約する
reciprocate

に報いる

を交換する

recompense


に報いる

を償う

redeem

を買い戻す
を償う

redress
(苦しみなど)を除去する
を正す


refurbish
を一新する

reimburse
に払い戻す


reinforce

を補強する
relegate

を追いやる
relinquish

を放棄する


reminisce

思い出す

思い出を語る

remit
を送る

を免じる

を許す

renounce
を捨てる

と関係を絶つ
repel
を追い払う


replenish
を補充する


reprieve
を一時的に救う

の刑執行を猶予する

reprimand

を叱責する
repudiate
を拒絶する

rescind
を無効にする
resuscitate


を復活させる

retain
を保つ

retaliate
報復する

retard
を遅らせる、を妨げる


retort
言い返す

retract
を撤回する

retrive
を取り戻す
revere


をあがめる

revoke
を取り消す
rout


を完敗させる
ruminate

熟考する
rummage
くまなく捜す

rumple

をしわくちゃにする
satiate

十分に満足させる、を飽き飽きさせる
scrutinize

を綿密に調べる


scurry

慌てて走る
を慌てさせる
secede
脱退する

shroud
を覆い隠す


simulate
を模擬実験する、のふりをする


skim
ざっと目を通す

smirk
にやにや笑う、気取って笑う

solicit
を強く求める

spurn
をはねつける


squirm
もじもじする
もだえ苦しむ

stagnate
停滞する
よどむ

stalk
に忍び寄る

stint

を制限する

stipulate
を明記する、を(契約の)条件として要求する

stultify


を退屈させる

stun
を呆然とさせる

submerge
 潜水する
を水中に沈める

subordinate を服従させる

subsidize に補助金を与える
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