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adj.愁眉苦脸的, 不体面的

1. Beset or overwhelmed with woe; immersed in grief or sorrow; woeful.
2. Being in a sorry condition; dismal-looking; dilapidated; run-down.

Jenna's mere presence made Frank's woebegone little apartment seem larger and more cheerful, without moving a speck of dust and a single article of dirty clothing.

Woebegone is from Middle English wo begon, from wo (from Old English wa, used to express grief) + begon, past participle of begon, "to go about, to beset," from Old English began, bigan, from bi-, "around, about" + gan, "to go."
adj.毁坏的, 要塌似的, 荒废的
vt.解放, 释放
To free from slavery or servitude.

Manumit comes from Latin manumittere, "to emancipate a slave," from manu mittere, "to release from control," from manus, "hand" (hence "power of control") + mittere, "to let go; to send." The noun form is manumission.
n.自制, 忍耐, [律]债务偿还期的延展

1. Refraining from enforcing something, such as a right or a debt.

2. Tolerance, patience, restraint, or leniency.

From forbear, from Old English forberan (to endure), from for- (away) +
beran (to bear).

Now the Buddhists are fighting back -- with good thoughts, forbearance and chanting.
entertain, 招待, 接受, 怀抱

Now, when this time arises we ask a few questions before we entertain the idea.

The Not-So-Big Business Plan:
business planning demystified.
The question now becomes ...
The question now becomes which ...
Now let's fast-forward several decades to the current generation of young people.
n.分枝, 分叉, 衍生物, 支流

Discuss the ramifications and issues with your small group.
face up to
How would a courageous leader face up to this difficult problem?
compelling reasons
Have you ever felt like Jamie, forced to make choices that you had compelling reasons for on both sides?
come up with
Where will we come up with the cost savings to make up for the shortfall in revenues?
make up for
Where will we come up with the cost savings to make up for the shortfall in revenues?
dwell on
I can't dwell on the past.
what do you suggest we do to ...
Markie's first question was, "Tyrone, what do you suggest we do to boost profits?"
I propose that ...
Markie again paused for affect before she announced, "I propose that we curtail all training for this year, which should boost our profits by about $500,000. What do you all think?" she posed to her staff.
formulate one's argument he carefully formulated his arguments. He knew this was going to be like walking through a minefield because once Markie got something in her head, it took mountains of persuasion to change her opinion.
lose momentum
The program could easily lose momentum that we are staring to realize from it.
The same goes for ...
The same goes for the Quality Initiative we began last year," announced Jaime. "We are about 45% into this program and if we stop now, I predict we will not generate the improved profit margins and higher productivity which we need to stay competitive.
concur with
"I concur with Jaime's assessment," emphasized Tyrone.
explain further
Tyrone explained further, "We have generated momentum to foster far-reaching improvements but if we stop these two programs we will have wasted the investments we've made so far..."
could end up with ...
"...because we could end up with a zero or even a negative return on what we have invested so far." Tyrone knew that using the phrase 'return on investment' would catch Markie's attention.
hemming and hawing
After much hemming and hawing, the VP of Store Operations finally spoke up, "I think we all need a little time to think about this situation."
make a decision about
"Good idea," said Markie. "We will make a decision about my suggestion to trim the training budget first thing tomorrow.
I suggest...
"...I suggest you meet with your staffs before then to either assess the impact of not training your people OR to brainstorm other specific cost savings. By this time tomorrow, we need a plan on how to reduce operating expenses by at least $600,000! This meeting is adjourned until tomorrow." Markie grabbed her papers and sped out of the room.
vi.延期, 休会, 换另一 个地方
vt.使中止, 推迟
bleak picture

adj.寒冷的, 阴冷的, 荒凉的, 凄凉的, 黯淡的
Jaime and Tyrone painted a rather bleak picture of what Chaos would look like a year from now if the training budget was slashed as Markie had proposed.

Jaime looked to Tyrone for advice. "What do we need to say to convince Markie to make the operational cuts instead of only curtailing training?" Together they came up with a list of arguments that each hoped would outweigh the ones the operational VPs would use to save their sacred cows.

n.测验, 提问, 恶作剧
v.对...进行测验, 盘问, 挖苦
As they headed back to their own offices, Tyrone quizzed Jamie, "Why does a company always stop thinking long-term right when they need it the most?"
feel for one's future
Tyrone and Jaime both laughed out loud to hide the tremendous fear they each felt for Chaos's future.
feel like someone
Have you ever felt like Tyrone and Jamie, forced to make choices when there were compelling reasons on both sides?
n.骄傲 , 傲慢, (狂妄自大)
adj.爱争吵的, 卑下的, 一般的
n. orneryness
shirk from
vi.逃避, 推卸

Any "yes" responses indicates that you probably shirk from taking significant risks!

Let us examine some truisms about taking more risks.
come into play
We understand what the cost is, we know the dire implications of risk failure, and our own fears come into play.
n.目睹者, 旁观者
n.(不满的职工或敌特等的)阴谋破坏, 怠工, 破坏
vt.对...采取破坏行动, 妨害, 破坏

Our feelings of loss are much stronger than our drive for a gain. Similarly, failure in our past can sabotage our willingness or confidence to take a risk.
adj.被收养的, 被采用的

This affects our optimism or belief that we can succeed again. This adopted attitude, at its worst, is that we will take no risk at all. Risk averse people tend to magnify the consequences of failure to the point that we lose sight of the upside.
vt.战胜, 克服, 胜过, 征服

In facing up to the possibility of failure in risk-taking, there is a very delicate line to walk. It is better to assume failure can occur than to resign yourself to it. It is okay to acknowledge our fear but not let ourselves to be overcome by it. Walking that line requires courage.

Don't overplay the significance of the risk by asking: "What is my cost?"
endearing yet undermining
We accountants tend to want to go directly to the solution - it is one of our endearing yet undermining qualities. This humorous self-test is designed to show you that it takes patience and objective reasoning to be able to uncover the real story.