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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.
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.