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hiromichi



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:17 pm    Post subject: long-since-scuttled Reply with quote

What is the meaning of "long-since-scuttled" ?

The stimulus measures in the White House’s debt proposal stem from President Obama’s long-since-scuttled American Jobs Act proposal, and include a continuation of emergency support for long-term unemployed workers, an extension of the payroll tax cut, billions in infrastructure investment and a mortgage-refinancing proposal.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obama's “long-since-scuttled” American Job Act proposal means to me that the proposal either failed or work on it was discontinued.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tao: I got it. Thank you.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scuttle is a verb originally used with ships, meaning to sink your own, usually to stop others getting it.

But the modern meaning here is more like sabotaged or damaged past the point of repair, such that it is abandoned.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IanT: Thank you for your explanation of the nuance。
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