A backlash against sth. is a sudden , strong reaction against a tendency or recent development in society or politics.
But there is not yet a backlash against the policy.
Predictably, that incident has stirred a political backlash in the united states and elsewhere.
Para1 creep up on
creep up: advance stealthily or unnoticed
The snake crept up the tree for the singing bird.
creep up on
Stress can creep up on you insidiously.
Age creeps up on you as your hair turns into gray gradually.
=not likely to cause an allergic reaction
pref. under-, sub-
Tales of his extravagance surged through the industry.
luxury goods; luxuries; articles of luxury
Why waste money on such extravagances?
the quality of exceeding the appropriate limits of decorum or probability or truth
We were surprised by the extravagance of his description.
Para3 roll back
=repel, drive back, force the enemy to withdraw
Some western countries attempt to roll back Russian influence in its neighbourhood.
Para3 lighten up
=make / become more cheerful
You need to lighten up about difficulties in life.
All forms of exercise help people to lighten up, but Smith says aerobic exercise may be the most effective.
Para3 hold down
=limit; constrain; restrain
China helped to hold down inflation in developed economies not because its prices were falling, but because its goods were much cheaper.
1. the quality of being orthodox (especially in religion)
2. a belief or orientation agreeing with conventional standards
Para4 take hold
=assume control; become established
The idea of only child had taken hold in many Chinese families.
You’d better quit your bad habit of smoking before it takes hold.
A heretic is someone whose beliefs or actions are considered wrong by most people, because they disagree with beliefs that are generally accepted.
The two heretics were burned at the stake.
=publicly support or approve of someone or something
I can endorse their opinion wholeheartedly.
I endorse him, and throw my full support behind him.
=vt. throw bombs at or attack with bombs;address with continuously
bombard someone with questions/criticism
Rebel artillery units have regularly bombarded the airport.
= an animal that kills and eats other animals; (fig) people having the habit of trying to take other’s property; carnivore
With no natural predators on the island, the herd increased rapidly.
If something unpleasant threatens to happen, it seems likely to happen.
The fighting is threatening to turn into full-scale war...
Plants must be covered with a leaf-mould or similarly protected if frost threatens.
v.contaminate with a disease or microorganism
n.the state of being contaminated
The lake water is tainted with chemicals from the factory.
From tainted green beans to toxic pet food, melamine in milk may only be the tip of the iceberg in China's recent food scare concerns.
=the likelihood of a thing occurring rather than not occurring
What are the odds of finding a parking space right outside the door? But the odds of more trade deals are slim.
Para7 confront … with …
confront someone with something
= present facts or evidence to someone in order to accuse him of something or force him to deal with a situation
She had decided to confront Kathryn with the truth.
When the police confronted her with the evidence, she admitted that she was guilty.
Para7 counter … with …
=speak in response
He countered his opponent with some very persuasive arguments.
WHO is among the public health organizations using social media to disseminate health information and counter rumours.
Para8 rave about
rave = talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner; praise enthusiastically
rave about = (infml) to speak about with extreme praise
It's quite a good film, but it's nothing to rave about.
He raved about the new play on the air.
Epiphany is a Christian festival on the 6th of January which celebrates the arrival of the wise men who came to see Jesus Christ soon after he was born.
An epiphany is a moment of sudden insight or understanding.
(searing, seared, sears)
1. Searing is used to indicate that something such as pain or heat is very intense.
She woke to feel a searing pain in her feet.
2. searing speech or piece of writing is very critical.
There's a searing column in today's paper about the president's decision.
“That was a searing epiphany,” Honoré concludes. “I didn’t like what I saw.”
it means the father was very shocked by his son’s words and from then he understood what his son really liked to do even he himself didn’t like the fact that his son was not interested in becoming an great artist.
=adj. delicate, subtle, refined
The reality this time is more nuanced.
Visual communication, perhaps even more so than verbal communication, is a nuanced language.Para11 throw in the towel
=（in Boxing）to admit defeat; give up the fight
After the heated debate, the red party eventually threw in the towel and claimed to quit.
Every successful person has faced many fears, made many mistakes, and wanted to throw in the towel countless times.
Para11 brag about
=（derog）to talk too proudly about oneself
She bragged about her connections in the film world.
Does your dad brag about his college rock band?Tom constantly brags about how well he plays table tennis.