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TEE 1117-1119 
The Economist Espresso 11/17-11/19


11/17 Mon.
Abe's gambit: slow economy, early election
1. gambit (n.) a chess opening in which a player risks one or more pawns or a minor piece to gain an advantage in position
2. limp (v.) to walk in a slow and awkward way because of an injury to a leg or foot or with difficulty
3. the lower house of the Diet 下議院
4. Liberal Democratic Party 自民黨

Bear hug: Putin, the G20 and Ukraine
1. be roundly chastised
2. ostracism (n.) exclusion by general consent from common privileges or social acceptance
3. covert invasion: (a.) not openly shown, engaged in
4. sanction (n. )oath, approbation, 國際制裁
5. ..., which, preposterously, the Kremlin still denies.: (a.) absurd (foolish, ridiculously unreasonable)
6. European leaders co-ordinated their response to the crisis: to bring into a common action, movement, or condition
7. henchmen (n.)a trusted follower/supporter who performs unpleasant, wrong, or illegal tasks for a powerful person
8. discard the flimsy truce: (a.) easily broken, torn, etc. : not strong or solid
9. enclave (n.) an area with people who are different in some way from the people in the areas around it

11/18 Tue.
Between the deep blue seas: Australia's choice
1. (Australia) its Pacific geography and its historic Atlantic links
2. G20 summit
3. Australia has also bowed to American pressure not to become a founding member of China's new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Take my breath away: merger mania:
1. queasily high: queasy (a.) causing nausea
2. As the M&A boom intensifies, valuations are creeping up to record, vertiginous highs.

11/19 Wed.
Cloud computing: nice growth, no profit
1. It is still bleeding red ink.
2. plague (v.) to cause constant or repeated trouble, illness, etc., for (someone or something)
3. (computing cloud) is taking much longer than many expected to rain money.
4. Some think the e-retailer should spin off (to establish or produce) its cloud business.

High rise: American property takes off
1. America's post-crisis recovery
2. flotation (n.) an act or instance of financing (as an issue of stock)
3. commercial-property market is sizzling.
4. NY is recovering after cutbacks by its embattled banks.: an embattled person, organization, etc has many problems or difficulties