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2006.9.4-----Slang  (Hooked   &   Fired gun)

(2006-09-04 23:04:32)
分类: 英语习语
hooked
 
2006.9.4-----Slang <wbr> <wbr>(Hooked <wbr> <wbr> <wbr>& <wbr> <wbr> <wbr>Fired <wbr>gun)
   
Definition:  
 
Addicted; to like something so much that you need it every day.

Example:  
 
1) I'm really hooked on the hamburgers at Junior's.
2) I really like Holly, my new girlfriend. After just two dates, I'm hooked!

Etymology:  
 
A 'hook' is a curved piece of metal used to catch something, like a fish hook. If you are 'hooked' on something, it has caught you and won't let go. This term was originally used by drug addicts to describe the feeling of needing drugs, and now it used to describe anything that is so good that you want it every day.
 
 
hired gun 
 
2006.9.4-----Slang <wbr> <wbr>(Hooked <wbr> <wbr> <wbr>& <wbr> <wbr> <wbr>Fired <wbr>gun)
 
  
Definition:
 
 A temporary employee hired to do a difficult task.

Example:  
 
1) Greedie Corp. is using some hired guns to handle the latest round of layoffs.
2) The defense attorneys brought in a hired gun to help question the key witness.

Etymology:  
 
In the 1800s, a 'hired gun' was an armed man paid to protect a town from thieves and bandits in the American West. In the 1920s, 'hired gun' came to mean 'hit man' or 'assassin' among American gangsters. Now the term is used in corporations to describe specialists who are typically very aggressive or responsible for unpleasant, high-level tasks.

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