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BBC新闻词汇 第130期:The government's cat fight

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I'm standing opposite, arguably, the most famous terrace of 18th century houses in the world. I can see the black shiny door of number 10 and next door number 11. Yes, I'm in Downing Street, of course. I've been drawn here because there's been much reporting of a fight between the occupants. No, not David Cameron and George Osborne, we think they're still pretty good friends, or, at least, as friendly as any politicians can ever be with each other. It's their cats, who were captured on camera fighting.

Freya, that's Mr Osborne's cat, was photographed giving the feline equivalent of a left hook to Larry, that's Mr Cameron's pussy. To be fair, there have been rumours of tensions for some time. Larry, who was brought as a stray to Downing Street to deal with a mouse problem, has seemed, well, fairly indifferent to the job and, reportedly, took nine weeks to catch his first rodent. Last month, Larry is reported to have simply dozed on a chair as mouse ran across the Prime Minister's office, to the frustration of Mr Cameron.

So, is feisty Freya making a move to become Downing Street's top cat? Asked about relations between the two cats, a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said they co-exist, but insisted she was not "going to get into commenting on the adventures of our feline friends in Downing Street". Shame, could be interesting.

Vocabulary:

occupants n. 居住者,购买者

captured on camera 拍照

feline n. 猫科动物

left hook 左钩拳

tensions 紧张

stray n. 走失的家畜

indifferent adj. 漠不关心的,无关紧要的

dozed vi. 打瞌睡

frustration n. 挫折

feisty adj. 活跃的,好争吵的

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stray [strei]

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n. 走失的家畜,浪子
adj. 迷途的,偶然

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terrace ['terəs]

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n. 平台,阳台,梯田 vt. 使成梯田,给 ... 建

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frustration [frʌs'treiʃən]

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n. 挫折,令人沮丧的东西

 
prime [praim]

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adj. 最初的,首要的,最好的,典型的
n.

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hook [huk]

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n. 钩状物,勾拳,钩
v. 钩住,弯成(钩装

 
equivalent [i'kwivələnt]

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adj. 等价的,相等的
n. 相等物

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indifferent [in'difrənt]

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adj. 漠不关心的,无重要性的,中立的

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