英语咬文嚼字: curveball, stack up, look the other way, readout, incendiary, dissonance, unload

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curveball
/ˈkɜːv.bɔːl/
something such as a question or event that is surprising or unexpected, and therefore difficult to deal with
突如其来的问题;突发的事情
Every so often life will throw you a curveball. 生活常常会冷不丁地给你出个难题。(Cambridge)

Following Trump's curveball, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the U.K. would veto any attempt to bring Russia back into the fold as a member, something Trump has floated in the past. (Axios)

stack up
— phrasal verb with stack verb informal
(COMPARE)
to compare with another thing of a similar type
(和类似事物)相比,比较
The new model of this car just doesn't stack up against previous models (= is not as good as previous models). 这辆小轿车的新型号不如以前的型号。(Cambridge)

How Joe Biden’s leading VP contenders stack up in the wake of protests over George Floyd’s death. Joe Biden’s options for his running mate may have narrowed even further in the wake of mass protests across the country in reaction to the death of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.

readout
noun [ C usually singular ]
information produced by electronic equipment, shown in print, on a screen or by sound
(信息通过电子设备)输出,读出,显示,打印
I got the computer to give a readout of the total figures. 我用计算机把所有的数字都读取出来。(Cambridge)

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on Monday about Trump's plans to expand September's G7 meeting in Washington to include Russia, according to the Russian government's readout of the call. (Axios)

look the other way
Meaning: to deliberately ignore something bad that is happening
故意忽略正在发生的不好的事情; 视而不见

“President Trump’s mockery of coronavirus masks, his false claims about the dangers of voting by mail and his insinuations that a cable TV nemesis was involved in a murder are testing more high-profile Republicans’ willingness to look the other way,” Axios reports.

incendiary
adjective /ɪnˈsen.di.er.i/
likely to cause violence or strong feelings of anger
煽动性的
incendiary remarks 煽动性言论

Zuckerberg "didn't make any specific requests," the source said. A second source familiar with the call said the Facebook boss told Trump that he personally disagreed with the president's incendiary rhetoric and that by using language like this, Trump was putting Facebook in a difficult position.(Axios)

dissonance
noun [ U ]/ˈdɪs.ə.nəns/
music specialized
1)a combination of sounds or musical notes that are not pleasant when heard together
不和谐音
the jarring dissonance of Klein's musical score 克莱因乐谱中刺耳的不和谐音
2)formal
disagreement
分歧,异议 (Cambridge)

On one hand, Congress is asking taxpayers to help grow our military so we can compete with China. On the other hand, large U.S. investment funds are dumping U.S. dollars into China’s military industrial base,” Banks said in a statement. “We need to end our cognitive dissonance and stop funding the rise of our chief global adversary. (Reuters)

unload
[ I ] US informal
to express strong emotions such as anger freely to another person
发泄
I was so stressed out, I just needed to unload. 我极度紧张,就是需要发泄一下。(Cambridge)

Trump unloads on governors over George Floyd protests: ‘Most of you are weak’. President Donald Trump lashed out governors during a teleconference, demanding that they use harsher tactics against the George Floyd protesters. (CNBC )

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