Posted by ESC on November 21, 2003
In Reply to: Help if you can. posted by kathaab on November 20, 2003
: I need to know the meaning for the following phrases. I thank you very much.
: 1.gears up to run for re-election.
: 2.a washington think-tank.
: 3.to knock off Saddam.
: 4.pulled the plug on something.
: 5.got off to a bad start.
: 6.to create common ground.
: 7.to seeth over the affair.
: 8.took the oath of office.
: 9.swept into office.
: 10.ceremony was steeped in tradition.
: 11.to put a damper on livelier festivities.
: 12.political high ground.
: 13.stalking out.
: 14.something remained in effect.
: 15.defied the prophets of doom.
: 16.have a wedge issue to use against someone.
: 17.trying to find their footing.
: 18.to mow down someone.
: 19.pried something open.
: 20.bemoaned the fate of something.
: 21.hands-on familiarity.
: 22.chord of disquiet in the american soul.
: 23.girlie bar.
: 24.sexual pit stops.
: 25.crop up in any boomtown.
: 26.to be no outcast.
: 27.wattzed off your feet.
: 28.tuned-up calendar.
: 29.gear up to do something.
: 30.knock your socks off.
: 31.next time around.
: 32.went out on a limb.
: 33.winging into some place.
: 34.blow out.
: 36.ad hoc.
: 37.going wobbly.
: 38.kicked down the road.
: 39.a watershed event.
: 40.the name rang a bell.
: 41.monument-stippled mall.
: 42.to lie low.
: 43.a wake up call.
: 44.to read between the lines.
: 45.set off the bombshell.
: 46.our military around the world is tapped out.
: 47.mentioned in the same breath as someone.
: 48.he had been eclipsed by his son.
: 49.to sail off to somewhere.
: 50.leapt to its feet.
: 51.wacky women.
: 52.slyly boasted.
: 53.with all due respect to ...
: 54.make someone a token.
: 56.somebody is cooking the books.
: 57.with the economy taking off.
: 58.bureaucratic foul-ups.
: 59.pencilling in a date for election.
: 60.to hunt down terrorists.
: 61.brushing off warnings.
: 62.to stamp out the terrorist threat.
: 63.thrash out their views.
: 64.cement an image.
: 65.she opt for a wheelchair.
: 66.missing out on the opportunity to get better.
: 67.in limbo.
: 68.dreaft dodgers.
: 70.armed offshoot.
: 71.backed off.
: 72.set out on a tour.
: 73.to add insult to injury.
: 74.to draw up a plan.
: 75.a sham speech.
: 76.to kick off his tour.
: 77.to keep the schedule under wraps.
: 78.to shrugg off the anouncement.
: 79.to mend fences with someone.
: 80.to hold off any action.
: 81.well-to-do man.
: 82.to stay the course with someone.
: 83.wishfull thinking.
: 84.steered the whale around the pool.
: 85.tucked his daughter into bed.
: 86.an effort is in full swing.
: 87.one-on-one play.
: 88.down to earth subjects.
: 89.to keep the ball up and in play.
: 90.putting someone on the spot.
: 91.sort out his ideas.
: 92.wandered off into the evening.
: 93.hot-wire your ignition.
: 94.buzzing off.
: 95.hopping up and down with rage.
: 96.ripped off.
: 97.clambered down into the pool.
: 98.hands-on study.
: 99.the case thrown out on techicality.
: 100.a shoo-in-ticket for the presidency.
: 101.so out of character.
: 102.voted out of office.
: 103.just for starters.
: 104.fit in with other kids.
: 105.wee hours of the morning.
: 106.for the life of me.
: 107.fired off a string of allegations.
: 108.at stake.
: 109.waded into the raw.
: 110.took a sides wipe at her critics.
: 111.salted away more than $5 billion.
: 112.i will take him on that offer.
: 113.struck a chord with me.
: 114.an hour whizzes by.
: 115.goofing around on his boogie board.
: 116.dorsal fin.
: 117.throw off the yoke of colonial oppression.
: 118.relegious right is on the act.
: 119.fire up my internet.
: 120.the resistence got so heated up.
: 121.domestic strife.
: 123.bluffed his way into the reception.
: 124.full-fledged state visit.
: 125.morphed into something.
: 126.miffed at.
: 127.dapper career diplomat.
: 128.raged out of control.
: 129.filibustered someone.
: 131.cozied up to exile.
: 132.a litmus test for authenticity.
: 133.up for grabs.
: 134.the army rounded up thousands of people.
: 135.to spook the stock market.
: 136.he has shoved out.
: 137.two statesmen are tying their ties without pomp.
: 138.will go into high gear.
: 139.to pull off something.
: 140.get someone off the hook.
: 141.root someone out.
: 142.the fact of the matter is.
: 143.to snap up jobs.
: 144.swooped on someone.
: 145.spearheaded by.
: 146.set the wheel in motion.
: 147.common ground.
1. gears up to run for re-election. Does the preparation work before running for election to an office he or she already holds.
2.a washington think-tank. Washington, D.C. Think tank (from Merriam-Webster online):
Main Entry: think tank
: an institute, corporation, or group organized for interdisciplinary research (as in technological and social problems) -- called also think factory
3.to knock off Saddam. Kill him.
4.pulled the plug on something. Stop it.
5.got off to a bad start. Things didn't go well in the beginning of a project.
6.to create common ground. Decide what issues people/groups agree on.
7.to seeth over the affair. Angry within about something. Affair sometimes means a sexual affair.
8.took the oath of office. Swore the required oath ( a solemn usually formal calling upon God or a god to witness to the truth of what one says or to witness that one sincerely intends to do what one says before) before assuming the duties of a political office.
9.swept into office. Won by a big margin.
10.ceremony was steeped in tradition. Lots of tradition, customs.
11.to put a damper on livelier festivities. Spoiled the fun, high spirits.
12. political high ground. Acting on a higher moral level. Not getting down in the dirt.
13.stalking out. Getting angry and walking out.