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to shape up
More than halfway through the earnings season, corporate results so far haven’t convinced investors that profits will rebound from what’s shaping up to be a fourth straight quarterly decline
thanks in large measure to cost cuts
. Better-than-forecast results from banks, thanks in large measure to cost cuts, helped send the S&P 500 to a four-month high before disappointing reports from tech heavyweights
Thanks to sth
there’s still a lack of conviction in the market
We can hold the strength we’re seeing, but there’s still a lack of conviction in the market
Lure New Users
Surplus Singapore Air A380s Set for Paint Shop to Lure New Users
lure (n) (v) persuade sb to do sth by offering them sth exciting.
Dr. Peters Fund KG of Germany are preparing for their possible refurbishment, reserving time in paint shops and exploring the availability of hundreds of replacement seats
Dr. Peters had said the carrier would likely exercise an option to keep the five aircraft for two further years, even though it has five more new planes due.
emblematic (a) of sth
representing a particular person, group, or idea:
A sword is emblematic of power gained by violence.
to turn out
to be known or discovered finally and surprisingly:
[+ to infinitive] The truth turned out to be stranger than we had expected.[+ that] It turns out that she had known him when they werechildren.
Unfortunately, that promise turned out to be a mirage for many companies.
, such as air transportation, power generation, high-speed rail, information technology, and now possibly electric automobiles
Proprietary technology is the most valuable asset owned by many multinationals. So China truly offered a lose-lose choice for these companies
to miss out
to fail to use an opportunity to enjoy or get anadvantage from something:Don't miss out on the fantastic bargains in our summer sale.We didn't have a TV at home when I was young, and I felt as though I missed out.
the discovering of secrets, especially political or militaryinformation of another country or the industrialinformation of a business:military/industrial espionage
Of course, given China’s high rate of industrial espionage, the penalty for operating in China was even higher than official government policy would suggest
a sudden action taken by a government or people inauthority to stop or limit a particular activity:Following the military coup, there has been a clampdown on pressreporting in the capital.
used to describe something that causes or makes worsethe problem it was designed to avoid or solve:self-defeating regulations
used to say you have read or been told somethingalthough you are not certain it is true:
Apparently it's going to rain today.Apparently he's had enough of England and is going back toAustralia.
most extreme or important because either the originalor final, or the best or worst
Of course the ultimate responsibility for the present conflict withoutdoubt lies with the aggressor.
My manager will make the ultimate decision about who to employ.
Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal.the ultimate luxury cruiser
ultimate (noun) UK /ˈʌl.tɪ.mət/ US /ˈʌl.tə.mət/
the ultimate in sth› the best or most extreme example of something:
The hotel is described as "the ultimate in luxury".I mean, tackling six men single-handedly - that really is the ultimate in stupidity!
difficult to explain or understand
It's a rather puzzling film.a puzzling situation
twist verb (TURN)C2 [I or T] to turn something, especially repeatedly, or to turn or wrap one thing around another:
The path twists and turns for over a mile.
She sat there nervously twisting the ring around on her finger.
She twisted her head (round) so she could see what was happening.
Twist the rope tightly round that post over there.
connected:She was prepared to take on the job, with all its associated risks.
on-board systems didn’t have time to send distress messages
- (n) a feeling of extreme worry, sadness, or pain/ a situation in which you are suffering or are in great danger and
- therefore in urgent need of help:
(v) to make someone feel very upset or worried:I hope I haven't distressed you with all these personal questions.
A fatal illness, accident, etc. causes death:
This illness is fatal in almost all cases.
a part or share of something larger:A large/major portion of the company's profitgoes straight back into new projects.I accept my portion of the blame.
span verb (TIME)› [T] (-nn-)
to exist or continue for a particular length of time:
Tennis has a history spanning several centuries
stamp noun (MARK)
stamp noun (MARK)
a tool for putting a mark on an objecteither by printing on it or pushing into it, or the mark made in this way:
A date stamp inside the front cover of a library bookshows when it should be returned.
transmission noun (RADIO/TELEVISION)
We apologize for the interruption to our transmissions this afternoon.
debris (noun [U])
broken or torn pieces of something larger:
Debris from the aircraft was scattered over a large area.
to (cause to) move far apart in different directions:
The protesters scattered at the sound of gunshots.
The soldiers came in and scattered the crowd.
rule sth out
to prevent something from happening:
This recent wave of terrorism has ruled out any chance of peace talks.
(often of something bad) intentional or planned:
a deliberate attack/insult/lie
We made a deliberate decision to live apart for a while.
to fail to work or operate correctly
evacuate (v) from
to move people from a dangerous place to somewhere safe:
The police evacuated the village shortly before the explosion.
A thousand people were evacuated from their homes following the floods.
When toxic fumes began to drift toward our homes, we were told to evacuate.
a timely reminder
appropriate (adjective) <> inappropriate
suitable or right for a particular situation or occasion:
Is this film appropriate for small children?
I didn't think his comments were very appropriate at the time.
Traffic diversions will be kept to a minimum throughoutthe festival.
[U] the ability to see:
If your sight is poor, you should not drive a car.
The old woman has lost her sight (= has become blind).
magnet noun [C] (ATTRACTION)
a person, place, or thing that other people feel stronglyattracted to:
Vacancies in the city’s main Orchard Road area, a magnet for tourists lured by malls and Japanese department stores such as Takashimaya, have risen to a five-year high and across the island, they’ve soared to the highest since 2009
› moving or operating more slowly than usual and with less energy or power:
As economies around the region struggle with sluggish growth and consumers rein in spending, property brokers are expecting more retailers to scale back and close shop
knowing a lot about modern technology, especiallycomputers:
Singaporeans are among the most tech-savvy shoppers in Asia, with a greater percentage turning to online shopping than consumers in Hong Kong and Malaysia.
[C] a company that owns several smaller businesseswhose products or services are usually very different:
a financial/industrial conglomerate
to walk, moving from side to side, looking like you are going to fall:
Like Hong Kong, Singapore is reeling from the impact of China’s slowing economy and fewer flashy purchases by visitors from the mainland. Tourists are just not spending as much as they used to
reel noun [C] (HOLDER)›
a round, wheel-shaped object on which sewing thread,fishing wire, film, etc. can be rolled, or the amount ofthread, etc. stored on one of these
- A patrol boat is a relatively small naval vessel generally designed for coastal defence duties.
practical knowledge and ability
Obama brings surprise about his Vietnamese food and cultural savvy
up to date(a)
modern, recent, or containing the latest information:
We work hard to keep our database up to date
The book presents the materials in a way that makes it coherent and easy to understand.
Mr Roe has kindled expectations that he must now strive to live up to.
In her writing she strove for a balance between innovation andfamiliar prose forms.
to try very hard to do something or to make somethinghappen, especially for a long time or against difficulties
extensive (a) - extensively(adv)
colour plays an extensive, nonschematic, and largely self-evident role
nonschematic: showing the main form and features of something, usually in the form of a drawing, in a way that helpspeople to understand it:a schematic diagram/outline
involving a lot of effort or activity in a short period oftime:
two weeks of intensive trainingan intensive course in English
to mix with and join society or a group of people, often changing to suit their way of life, habits, and customs:
to take away an amount or part from a total:
A primary reason is that depreciation, non-cash expense, is deducted when net-income is computed.
to give up sth (to unwillingly stop holding or keeping something)
She relinquished her hold/grip on the steering wheel.
unfriendly or easily annoyed:Overnight, it seemed, their relationship had turned sour.She gave me a sour look.
happening after something else:The book discusses his illness and subsequent resignationfrom politics.Those explosions must have been subsequent to our departure, because we didn't hear anything
] a feeling of energetic interest in a particular subject oractivity and an eagerness to be involved in it:
struggle (v) for relevant
(the making of) a secret plan to do something, especiallysomething that will harm another person:
a tale of political intrigue
It's not usually an occasion for drama but Vietnam's leadership transition is serving up an unprecedented amount of political intrigue.
lacking energy and effort:
a lackluster performance
to prevent someone from doing something or to make someone less enthusiastic about doing something by making it difficult for that person to do it or by threateningbad results if they do it:
These measures are designed to deter an enemy attack.
High prices are deterring many young people from buying houses.
something difficult or unpleasant that you have to dealwith or worry about: