Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
Europe has been in need of more far-reaching changes for some time.
The authors point out that record size is an important factor which was not varied in the work quoted, and it would not be safe to draw far-reachingconclusions from a limited investigation of this sort.
In Kenya a new Ministry of the Environment and other far-reaching institutional reforms are currently before parliament.
far-reaching = having many important consequences or implications
Spain has work cut out.
have work cut-out = if you have your work cut out, you have something very difficult to do
All right, now - let's cut out the talking.
cut out = to stop, quit
Kidnapping on the rise
on the rise = on the way up
The National Security Agency four months ago intercepted conversations among leaders of Al Qaeda in Yemen discussing a plot to use a Nigerian man for a coming terrorist attack, but American spy agencies later failed to combine the intercepts with other information that might have disrupted last week’s attempted airline bombing.
intercept (v) = listen in on, tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
intercept (n) = phone taping
Eight years ago, federal officials were struggling to remove potentially deadly E. coli from hamburgers when an entrepreneurial company from South Dakota came up with a novel idea: injecting beef with ammonia.
come up with = discover
The company, Beef Products Inc., had been looking to expand into the hamburger business with a product made from beef that included fatty trimmings the industry once relegated to pet food and cooking oil.
trimmings = scraps or material removed when something is trimmed
relegate = expel; assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; to put in the charge of another for care, use
David Hasselhoff wass very shy off stage in front of girls because he was tall and thin, but when he was on stage he was in his element.
in one’s element = in an environment naturally suited to or associated with one; doing what one enjoys
Thank you for your efforts.