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(of a criticism, etc.) directed against a person, rather than against what that person says:
an ad hominem attack on his rival
I'm not going to be swayed by ad hominem arguments attacking me instead of supporting your own position.
人身攻击的谬误; 对人而不对事的争论; 人身攻击
Wall Street doesn’t like ad hominem’ — Jim Cramer warns of renewed U.S.-China tensions. Investors are trying to gauge the potential of another trade spat between the United States and China, the two world’s largest economies, he said, calling into question a tweet from President Donald Trump. (CNBC)
[ U ]
a way of talking about about average Americans and the most typical things about American life
The drop had “nothing to do with the horrific labor market here in the United States, Wall Street is still very much divorced from Main Street,” he said. (CNBC)
punt on sth
— phrasal verb with punt verb /pʌnt/
If you punt on something, you decide not to do or include it.
We punted on a motion that makes no sense. 我们放弃了一个没有意义的动议。（Cambridge）
Pentagon punts on questions about Saudi arms deals at center of Pompeo scandal. The Pentagon won’t talk about Saudi arms deals at center of Pompeo scandal involving State Department IG.
verb (IMPORTANCE)[ T often passive ]
to make another person or thing seem much less important, good, or famous
The economy has eclipsed all other issues during this election campaign. 这次大选期间，经济问题成为压倒一切的重大议题。(Cambridge)
Garrett Graff: “Many of those around Donald Trump had evinced a certain moral or political flexibility, but few have eclipsed the purely distilled, cynical hypocrisy of Mike Pompeo. As a Tea Party, Koch-backed congressman, he built his political reputation almost solely on two issues: lambasting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Benghazi attack and her email server and, more broadly, attacking the Obama administration’s Iran deal at every turn.” (wired.com)
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