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    Default sweet-tongued/rebuffed/come up with/down payment

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Three days later the District Commissioner sent his sweet-tongued messenger to the leaders of Umuofia asking them to meet him in
    his headquarters.

    sweet-tongued = smooth-tongued

    Rebuffed this month by skeptical lawmakers when it sought finances to buy a prison in rural Illinois, the Obama administration is struggling to come up with the money to replace the Guantánamo Bay prison.

    rebuff = reject outright and bluntly

    come up with = produce, supply

    The strong rebuff of some tumultuous cloud.

    rebuff = repercussion, or beating back; a quick and sudden resistance

    We can always depend on John Smith to come up with a good solution for any problem we might have.

    come up with = offer

    I won't be able to buy this car, because I cannot come up with the down payment you require.

    cope up with = to produce on demand

    How much of a down payment do you require for this new car?

    down payment = a retainer paid to a prospective seller

    How on earth did you come up with such a brilliant idea?

    come up with = to find

    I had to run to come up with her.

    come up with = overtake, gain on

    We shall have to work hard to come up with the other firm.

    come up with = compare

    I hope you can come up with a better plan than this.

    come up with = think out, invent , work out

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Wink Re: sweet-tongued/rebuffed/come up with/down payment

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Three days later the District Commissioner sent his sweet-tongued messenger to the leaders of Umuofia asking them to meet him in
    his headquarters.
    sweet-tongued = smooth-tongued – A sweet-person with a pure heart is an asset to the society/organization/country. On the other hand, a person with an impure heart filled with self centered and conceited thoughts is called a sweet-tongued charmer who can be very dangerous.

    A true and genuine is described as: With a sweet tongue of kindness, you can drag an elephant by a hair.
    See the description of the other type below.


    Rebuffed this month by skeptical lawmakers when it sought finances to buy a prison in rural Illinois, the Obama administration is struggling to come up with the money to replace the Guantánamo Bay prison.

    rebuff = reject outright and bluntly
    President Obama rebuffed calls for a commission to investigate alleged abuses under the Bush administration in fighting terrorism

    come up with = produce, supply

    The strong rebuff of some tumultuous cloud.

    rebuff = repercussion, or beating back; a quick and sudden resistance

    We can always depend on John Smith to come up with a good solution for any problem we might have.

    come up with = offer

    I won't be able to buy this car, because I cannot come up with the down payment you require.

    cope up with = to produce on demand

    How much of a down payment do you require for this new car?

    down payment = a retainer paid to a prospective seller=A partial payment made at the time of purchase of a costly good, with the balance to be paid later. ...

    How on earth did you come up with such a brilliant idea?

    come up with = to find

    I had to run to come up with her.

    come up with = overtake, gain on

    We shall have to work hard to come up with the other firm.

    come up with = compare

    I hope you can come up with a better plan than this.

    come up with = think out, invent , work out

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Sweet-tongued has been dicussed in the forum at: What's The Word For "Sweet-tongued"??? - UsingEnglish.com ESL Forum
    I agree with Bob that it has two meanings. A sycophant who is otherwise called a sweet-tongued charmer can be compared to a pot filled with poison but sweet on the mouth. He is described as:

    Disguised in a mask of genuineness
    And you show a face of selfless humility
    When in reality, you are possessed
    Of a self-centred and conceited narcissism

    Skp
    Last edited by sarat_106; 26-Dec-2009 at 06:01.

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