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all bets (are) off
(idiomatic) Indicates that a future event appears uncertain, especially one that before seemed more certain. Any prior agreements are no longer valid. (idiomatic, by extension) Anything can happen; any previous preconceptions about what might happen are dismissed. (Wiki)
The economy is sputtering, but the markets are thriving — a highly unusual event that shows how the coronavirus has thrown all bets off.
The disconnect adds to the wealth gap. The richest 10% of households — who own 84% of stocks — are getting richer, while millions of out-of-work Americans cross their fingers that pandemic unemployment benefits will be extended.
An elephant walk is a USAF term for the taxiing of military aircraft right before takeoff, when they are in close formation. Often, it takes place right before a minimum interval takeoff.
Ten U.S. Air Force’s refueling tanker aircraft, includes eight newest KC-46A Pegasus and two KC-135s, were a part of Wednesday’s elephant walk exercise at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. McConnell’s tanker aircrews and maintenance personnel were tested on their ability to rapidly generating multiple sorties during a weather evacuation exercise.
noun [ U ]/reɪˈɑːlˌpoʊ.lɪ.tiːk/ (Cambridge)
practical politics, decided more by the urgent needs of the country, political party, etc., than by morals or principles
The Left and Right united in attacking Henry Kissinger as an amoral practitioner of realpolitik who had subverted American ideals: to the former he was a war criminal who had wantonly deployed American power abroad; to the latter, an appeaser who had not deployed it enough.
the like of sb/sth; sb's/sth's like
(also the likes of sb/sth)
a person, thing, or group similar in character or quality to the one mentioned
The British Foreign Office referred to Henry Kissinger at the time as “the Wizard of the Western World'” and Playboy Bunnies voted him the man they would prefer to date in 1972—no small accomplishments for an expert on the Congress of Vienna who spent much of his early career at Harvard, where his cohort included the likes of Samuel Huntington, Stanley Hoffmann, and Zbigniew Brzeziński. (National Interest)
noun [ C ] US informal /ˈslʌɡ.ɚ/
a baseball player who hits the ball very hard
The excoriation is typically punctuated by a binder slam and a determined stride away from the lectern, almost like the slugger who doesn’t bother to watch the pitch he just swatted as it sails into the bleacher seats. The unspoken message seems to be: Take that, hacks! (Washington Post)
A scripted speech or broadcast has been written before it is read or performed.
He read from a scripted speech and refused to answer any questions at all at the end of it. 他照着事先写好的演讲稿念，在最后的时候拒绝回答任何问题。
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