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    unfazed/ sharpen

    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 sentence?

    Merkel appears unfazed by Hamburg ally's resignation as opposition sharpens knives.

    unfazed = unconcerned

    sharpen = whet

    Thanks for your efforts.


    Last edited by vil; 20-Jul-2010 at 18:30.

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    Re: unfazed/ sharpen

    Not a teacher.

    Unfazed is like undisturbed, unbothered, etc. You have the right idea.

    To sharpen is to make something sharp. When would you do that to a knife? When you plan on cutting something up.

    In this case, this is a term in politics for the opposition getting ready to cut up an opponent. Usually this means someone will be forced to resign or otherwise lose his power.

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