2017/09/20

インテリ社会人のような英語表現

ふっと閃いて、過去数年の某英文誌における気の利いた英語表現について、ざっとまとめてみたくなった。
大学生のガキどもにはちょっと厳しいかもしれないが、実社会人で英語を使いまわしつつインテリを気取っている人たちならば、まぁ過半は分かるのではないかな。
所詮はそんな程度のものゆえ、あまりテクニカルな実践性は無いけどね。
以下、英文そのものではなく、表現部分のみを抜粋してみた。

  • take on the cotton barons
  • balance two competing imperatives
  • a pillar of stability
  • overhaul an educational system
  • an economic system that glosses over the country's responsibility
  • deliberations between America and Japan
  • selling for a song
  • fierce competition with elbows flying
  • climb above the sharp elbows of rivals
  • slur stuck
  • tiptoe round the issue
  • collaborate on the basis of nepotism
  • selfishness and altruism
  • red in tooth and claw
  • once-feted but now-disgraced
  • cut corners in science
  • uneasy bedfellows
  • create a business from a scratch
  • in for a penny
  • rock the boat
  • huff and puff
  • sow turmoil
  • a clutch of alarmist books
  • you/he/she of all people
  • the unshackling of markets
  • conundrum and riddle
  • coaxed and wheeled into market choices
  • change the size of the deficit, one jot
  • raise anomalies of one's own
  • a bit of a fudge
  • a subordinate officer
  • rags to riches
  • on a dodgy ground
  • dwell on someone of Indian extraction
  • waxes and wanes
  • a talk that stokes indignation
  • horse-trading over investment
  • wisdom or senility
  • run corner to efforts
  • boot workers off their jobs
  • a blue-sky research
  • encumbered with nasty advisers
  • military conscription
  • amputate legs and genitals
  • clay labours
  • senior conscript
  • hush up
  • steel yourself
  • iconoclast
  • natural attrition
  • peddle an argument
  • ride on an answer
  • topsy-turvy
  • statistical tangle
  • caveat
  • a damp squib, not a constant ray
  • past lean years
  • fitful and half-hearted
  • rigging personnel
  • ward off that company's hostile bidding
  • pre-empt a hostile bid
  • a gap to a chasm
  • a research outfit
  • technologies at the margins of existing firms
  • socio-economic marginalisation of women
  • resonance
  • economic rationalism (that is) swamped by nationalism
  • coin oneself
  • inhibition of growth
  • a virtuous circle in online forays
  • pay homage to the insight of Shumpeter
  • a rule of thumb
  • management practice to vie and outdo competition
  • small close-knit group
  • no more flattering tribute than one's words
  • the once most propriety outfits
  • in the for corners of the earth
  • the vouched code
  • self-policing to ensure quality
  • cold snap
  • bump the company a few notches down the ladder
  • weather a period of deindustrialisation
  • depart to give final consolation
  • irrational exuberance
  • semantic issue
  • put a warning in the shade
  • tip a balance
  • kill for a position
  • switch in default rules
  • entrust pension money to his employer's custody
  • inertia
  • deeply embedded in culture
  • bronze-fisted, silver-tounged
  • come back down to earth
  • desert their president
  • deliver on promise
  • preside at the committee meeting
  • tax break for low income family
  • seared money
  • phase out
  • gas from diffuse fields
  • the hitch is ...
  • lend credence to a theory
  • rubberstamp the policy's revival

 ……こんな程度のものなら、まだまだワンサカとストックがあるので、いずれまた気が向いたら。

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