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wait in the wings
If someone or something is waiting in the wings, they are not yet active or important, but are ready or likely to be so soon.
With Ruth Bader Ginsburg's health in the spotlight, attention turns to abortion foe waiting in the wings.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is on the mend after another
health scare, but that hasn't stopped political operatives and those on
Capitol Hill from laying the groundwork for an unprecedented battle set
to ensue if she leaves the bench ahead of the 2020 presidential
-- CNBC 30 Aug, 2019
noun [ C ] /ˌdæmp ˈskwɪb/
an event that is not as exciting or popular as people thought it would be
Damp squib: Anti-Trump rally organizers downgrade
crowd estimate by 70% as protesters stay at home. Jeremy Corbyn, the
hard-left leader of the British Labour Party, used all his firepower to
rail against President Trump's state visit on Tuesday but attracted a
dismal audience that fell way short of organizers' hopes of drawing a
quarter of a million people.
-- The Washington Post by Rob Crilly | June 04, 2019 04:39 PM
Will the report represent the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency by uncovering witting collusion with Russia during the election campaign on the part of Trump and his aides? Or it will turn out to be a damp squib that inflicts no real damage on him?
stand sth on its head
turn sth on its head
to cause something such as an established belief to be doubted, especially because of new information or discoveries; If you stand an idea or argument on its head or turn it on its head, you think about it or treat it in a completely new and different way.
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s first weeks in office have not only stood American foreign policy on its head, but party politics at home as well. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are reeling from his deeply divisive tactics
Trump turned Syria policy on its head. It’s working
out better than critics thought. During President Trump's Oct. 6 phone
call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump appeared to
greenlight the Turkish invasion of northern Syria by agreeing to
withdraw about 50 U.S. troops from the border region. In the days
following, the seemingly impulsive capitulation drew howls of protests
from even some of Trump's most ardent supporters.
-- The Washington Post by Jamie McIntyre | November 28, 2019 11:30 PM
noun [ C ]
a remark that you make when you are leaving, so that it has a stronger effect; a final remark, typically a cutting one, made by someone at the moment of departure.
A day after Trump announced he would replace Mattis two months earlier than expected, the president took a parting shot at the Pentagon chief, who resigned last week over policy differences with Trump.
"We are substantially subsidizing the Militaries of many VERY rich countries all over the world, while at the same time these countries take total advantage of the U.S., and our TAXPAYERS, on Trade," Trump wrote in a series of tweets.
talk sth down
If someone talks down a particular thing, they make it less interesting, valuable, or likely than it originally seemed (Collins)
The newly appointed ECB president this week began rowing back on her
call to put the institution’s financial firepower into greening the
economy. Her future colleagues on the Executive Board are also talking
down the power of what Frankfurt can do for the environment.
--- Politico Europe Dec 07, 2019
flesh sth out
to add more details or information to something
The panel also fleshed out reasons why actions that fall within a president’s legitimate authority can still, when abused, constitute impeachable conduct. And attempts at improper conduct, even if unsuccessful, can still be impeachment-worthy, the committee argues.
--- Politico Dec 7, 2019