英语咬文嚼字: outstay your welcome, road hog, pregnant silence, cattle call, haircut

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英语咬文嚼字 The Crazy Logophile

outstay your welcome
to continue to stay in a place although other people want you to leave
(在某处)呆得太久而变得不受欢迎 (Cambridge)

The powerful images of protests emerging from Beirut, Baghdad and Algiers remind us once again that Arab authoritarianism has outstayed its welcome. But, in the eyes of many, it hasn’t yet outlived its usefulness.
-- The Washington Post Nov 13, 2019

road hog
noun [ C ] informal disapproving
A driver who takes up too much space on the road, making it difficult or impossible for other drivers to pass.
行驶中,占用道路空间过大的司机,使其他司机难以或不可能通过;不顾及别人安危横冲直撞的驾驶者

Many morning commuters became frustrated at the road hog straddling two lanes.

The police need to take more notice of these cyclist road hogs.

pregnant silence
A long pause in speech that indicates a lot of meaning or significance; a pause/silence in which everyone is waiting or listening for something, or a moment of silence which is full of meaning.
意味深长的沉默

Bolton is unlikely to go quietly given his flair for public relations and long list of media contacts. He seems unlikely to emulate the dutiful but pregnant silence on Trump by former Defense Secretary James Mattis as he promotes his book.

The most telling part of his speech was the pregnant silence before he denied any wrongdoing.

cattle call
A large audition (for film, television, theater, etc.) that is open to everyone,many of whom are inexperienced.
(党派)集会; 招募临时演员的面试会

Nineteen presidential candidates traveled to the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention for the state's first cattle call before the 2020 primaries. Here are some things to know and to look for during speeches Saturday.

I spent days preparing for the audition, but it turns out it was just a cattle call and they ushered me out before I was even halfway done with the monologue.

During the cattle call, candidates will be given ten-minutes on stage to address the crowd; the time-limit will be strictly enforced.
— NBC News, 12 July 2019

haircut 资产价值的减少
a reduction in the value of an asset

… El Paso's shareholders could be all but wiped out and bondholders could take a big haircut.— William P. Barrett (Merriam-Webster)

Square revealed Friday pricing at $11 to $13 a share for its anticipated IPO, giving the tech company at most a $4.2 billion valuation—at least a 30% haircut from its most recent valuation in the private market.— Todd C. Fankel (Merriam-Webster)

Greece's finance minister has told lawmakers he sees three scenarios to resolve the debt crisis, including one involving an orderly default with a 50 percent haircut for bondholders, two Greek newspapers reported on Friday. — Reuters (Merriam-Webster)

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