英语咬文嚼字: sell sb a bill of goods, divest, self-effacing, elude, malfeasance, impersonate

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英语咬文嚼字 The Crazy Logophile

sell sb a bill of goods
(UK also sell sb a pup)
to intentionally misrepresent something, to make something worthless seem valuable.;to mislead or seek to mislead by a specious or false argument, set of facts, or other deception; to deceive someone into buying or believing something that has no value
故意歪曲某物,使毫无价值的东西显得有价值; 欺骗(某人)相信毫无价值的东西(思想等);诓骗(某人)购买毫无价值的东西

Days before Horowitz’s scheduled visit to Miller’s high school, administrators canceled, giving vague excuses about why. Miller complained as a guest on The Larry Elder Show. The administrators relented, and Horowitz was allowed to speak. Horowitz told students, “There is no exodus of people fleeing America because it is oppressive or racist. That tells you that people who argue that it is [oppressive or racist] are selling you a bill of goods.” (Politico)

divest
verb [ I or T ] mainly US /dɪˈvest/
to sell something, especially a business or a part of a business
卖掉,出售(企业或其中一部分)

China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday. (Reuters)

elude
verb [ T ] /iˈluːd/
If something that you want eludes you, you do not succeed in achieving it.
使达不到;使做不成;使不能实现

In many Muslim countries, Eid this year has taken on a less festive and a more somber tone. As COVID-19 saps our economies and swells the vast ranks of the poor, those of us who can afford to are purchasing lamb for the needy. Yet the pleasure of the holiday, the gratification in giving, seems to elude us.

self-effacing
adjective /ˌself.ɪˈfeɪ.sɪŋ/
not making yourself noticeable, or not trying to get the attention of other people
不爱出风头的;谦虚的 (Cambridge)

This connection between ancient memory and present-day hope also found expression in the King’s speech this week. It was a self-effacing speech, in which he acknowledged that the challenge of fighting the pandemic was compounded by enduring problems: “the size of the informal sector, the inadequacy of social safety nets—especially for the most vulnerable groups—and the exposure of a number of sectors to external fluctuations.” (National Interest)

malfeasance
noun [ U ]/mælˈfiː.zəns/
an example of dishonest and illegal behaviour, especially by a person in authority
(尤指掌权者的)违法乱纪行为,渎职

He described plans to expand the present short-term emergency funding—to which he the rich to chipped in considerably—into a longer-term economic stimulus package, driven by a new “national agency” that roots out administrative malfeasance, reforms the social protection system, and revitalizes non-government sectors through private-public partnerships.

impersonate
verb [ T ]/ɪmˈpɝː.sən.eɪt/ (Cambridge)
1. to intentionally copy another person's characteristics, such as their behaviour, speech, appearance, or expressions, especially to make people laugh
(尤指为逗人发笑)扮演,模仿
She's the woman who impersonates all the celebrities on TV. 她是在电视中扮演各种名人的那个人。
2. to attempt to deceive someone by pretending that you are another person
假冒,冒充
He was fined for impersonating a police officer. 他因假冒警察而被罚款。

In 2004, as a sophomore, Miller became outraged that Duke was hosting a Palestine Solidarity Movement conference. A few days before the conference, an inflammatory email impersonating PSM organizers went out to thousands at Duke. (Politico)

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