homework therapist

(名詞/可數) 功課治療師 - 幫助學生做好功課、準備考試並協助他們處理壓力和焦慮等問題的人。

引句:
Homework therapist? Yes, you read that correctly. It is a growing educational trend in the US, with parents paying fees of $150 to $600 (£115 to £465) for regular sessions of up to 75 minutes. In succeed-at-all costs New York, where parents will do almost anything to get their offspring in pole position on the starting grid of life, paying hundreds of dollars an hour for this specialised and individual approach may be no big deal.
[The Times, 8 September 2018]

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speed up; spice up; spiff up; spike up; spin around/round

speed up
加速;提高 (... 的) 速度
You'd better speed up a bit or we'll be late. (你最好開快點,否則我們會遲到)

speed * up +
使加速;提高 (... 的) 速度
The medicine may have the effect of speeding up your heart rate. (這藥物可能會使你的心跳加速)

spice * up +
給 (演說、故事或表演等) 增添趣味
He'd spiced up his speech with a few off-color jokes. (他說了一些葷笑話來給自己的講話增添趣味)
Newspaper reports tend to spice up the real story. (新聞報導通常喜歡加油添醋)

spiff * up +
裝飾,打扮
Amy has really spiffed up her wardrobe since she started her new job. (開始新的工作之後,艾美的衣著一直都是光鮮亮麗)

spike up
急遽增加、上升或提高
The jobless rate in May spiked up to a ten-year high. (五月份的失業率上升至十年來最高)
Interest rates spiked up after the news. (新聞報導後利率急遽上揚)

spin around/round
(英) 迅速轉身,猛轉回頭
Paul spun around to see what had happened. (保羅快速轉身去看看發生了什麼事)
Michael spun round when I called his name. (當我叫他的名字時,麥可猛轉回頭)

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birth striker

(名詞/可數) 因擔心世界人口過剩而選擇不生小孩的婦女。

引句:
My friend … is another “birth striker”, deciding when she was about 21 that she didn’t want to have children. “At the time lots of friends and family told me that as I got older, the biological clock would start ticking,” she recalls. “But actually the opposite has happened. The older I’ve got the more my decision has solidified. There are now a lot of wider issues that I’m passionate about in terms of the planet and climate change that have confirmed that decision for me.”
[www.telegraph.co.uk, 21 April 2019]

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rage room

(名詞/可數) 發洩屋 - 提供顧客付費來擊碎、砸爛、敲破、搗毀物品以發洩情緒或紓解壓力的房間。

引句:
Before discovering the rage room, I tried all kinds of ways to deal with stress: karaoke, trampoline, dodgeball, the gym. Going to the gym is about getting healthy, looking good, but when I’m smashing up toasters, the intent is different. When I behave like a caveman, I leave any negativity behind.
[www.theguardian.com, 29 March 2019]

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soak up; sock away; sock in; speak to

soak * up +
吸收,吸掉 (液體);吸取,吸收 (資訊)
I tried to soak up the spilled orange juice with a dishcloth. (我試著用洗碗布把灑出來的柳橙汁吸乾淨)
Given the right environment, many people are like sponges and will soak up information. (在適當的環境中,許多人就會像海綿一樣吸收資訊)

soak up +
盡情享受,充分體驗
I want to lie on the beach and soak up the sun. (我想躺在海灘上盡情享受陽光)
We went to the bazaar and soak up the atmosphere. (我們前往市集去充分體驗一下那裡的氣氛)

sock * away +
(利用將錢存在銀行或投資的方式來) 存 (錢),儲蓄
I've socked away millions of NT dollars in my savings account. (我已在我的儲蓄帳戶中存了數百萬台幣)

sock * in +
因惡劣天氣而停止某一地區所有交通和車輛移動
The fishing village was socked in all week with heavy/thick fog. (因為濃霧,這個漁村的交通停頓了一整個禮拜)
The airport's been socked in because of the dense fog. (機場因大霧而關閉)

speak to +
談論 (某事)
I could not speak to the details of the new investigation. (我不能談論新調查的細節)

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motherless meat

(名詞/可數或不可數) 在實驗室利用細胞所培育生產而非取自活體動物的食用肉。

引句:
It’s almost certain that if and when the first generation of motherless meats arrive in grocery stores, they will not be steaks, chops, or filets. They will be meatballs, sausages, and extruded nuggets — processed foods that combine laboratory-raised cells with plant proteins, grains, and other ingredients.
[www.newfoodeceonomy.org, 30 July 2018]

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landscraper

(名詞/可數) 佔地廣闊的超大建築物。

引句:
KONE Corporation, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has won an order to equip Google’s new UK headquarters building, KGX1. The 11-story-tall and 312-meter-long “landscraper” will run parallel to the platforms of London’s King’s Cross railway station in England and will sit at the heart of a campus for 7,000 Google employees.
[news.cision.com, 6 March 2019]

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slip down; slip through; sneeze at; snuggle up; snuggle up to

slip down
滑倒
My mother slipped down in the mall yesterday and hurt her ankle. (我媽媽昨天在賣場滑倒,摔傷了腳踝)

slip down
(液體) 容易喝下,一飲而盡
This wine slips down well enough. (這葡萄酒真好喝)
The medicine slipped down well, but tasted terrible. (這藥很容易喝下,但很難吃)

slip through
(使) 悄悄地獲得通過;(使) 瞞過
That new law escaped notice and slipped through yesterday. (那項新法令昨天未引起注意地悄悄獲得通過)

sneeze at +
輕視。通常用於否定句,即 not sneeze at (不可輕視,值得考慮)
A five percent pay raise means an extra 2,000 NT dollars per month, which is not to be sneezed at! (加薪 5% 意味每月多出台幣兩千元的收入,這可不是一筆小數目!)

snuggle up
舒適地依偎,躺下
We snuggled up and went to sleep. (我們躺下來睡覺)

snuggle up to +
舒適地依偎
The children snuggled up to their mother to get warm. (孩子們緊緊地依偎在母親身邊取暖)

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anxiety economy

(名詞/不可數) 焦慮經濟 - 經由生產和銷售減輕焦慮的產品所創造的財富。

引句:
The anxiety economy shows no signs of shrinking, with white noise machines, salt lamps and meditation headbands advertised alongside yoga selfies on Instagram. Aids for anxiety disorders in 2019 are branded like covetable scented candles – scrolling through the products, one starts to think of it as a small but universal ill like dry lips or shaving rash, and one just as easily treated.
[www.theguardian.com, 10 March 2019]

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sign off on; sit up; sleep out; sleep together

sign off on +
正式同意 (某事)
The CEO signed off on the plans to increase the number of foreign workers. (執行長正式同意增加外勞人數的計畫)

sit up
感興趣;驚訝
I sat up when he told me he was closing the company. (當他告訴我他將關閉公司時我感到驚訝)
The news that the president was taken ill suddenly really made us sit up. (總統突然病倒的消息著實讓我們大吃一驚)

sit up
坐直
I have told you many times to sit up straight. (我已經告訴你很多次要坐直)

sleep out
在戶外睡覺
It's so hot tonight so we've decided to sleep out in the garden. (今晚太熱了,所以我們決定到外面花園去睡)

sleep out
夜不歸宿,不在家裡過夜
Mary and her husband are always going to clubs and seem to sleep out nearly every night. (瑪麗和她先生老是上夜店,幾乎每個晚上都不在家裡過夜)

sleep together
(兩人) 睡在一起,發生性關係
I don't think Amy and Randy sleep together any more. (我認爲艾美和蘭迪兩人已不在一起了)

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