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    what are these red phrases meaning??

    <H1>The following article is quoted from Reuters websit.There are some phrases(red) that I couldn't understand.

    It's snake eyes for Atlantic City for time being

    More than three decades after the opening of the first casino saved Atlantic City's boardwalks, the seaside town once again finds itself in need of redemption.
    But the odds are long a rebound will happen any time soon.


    Thank for your help.
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    Re: what are these red phrases meaning??

    Snake eyes is a nickname for a two-dice roll of 1-1, as the two ones are represented by a small circle each, resembling two eyes.

    For the time being is another expression for "now".

    Boardwalks are wooden walkways along beaches, and apparently they were bad before the casino was built.

    In need of redemption means needing saving, a need to be saved.

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    Re: what are these red phrases meaning??

    But the odds are long -- It is not very likely at all
    a rebound -- in this case, a financial recovery.
    will happen any time soon.


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    Re: what are these red phrases meaning??

    snake-eyes: a possible roll of the dice in Craps, one of the gambling games in a casino (and Atlantic City is the Las Vegas of the North in the US.) It is a losing toss of the dice - so, figuratively, the worst possible result.

    time being: now, and for the foreseeable future.

    More than three decades after the opening of the first casino saved Atlantic City's boardwalks.: Atlantic City was not prospering...until they legalized gambling, so that people in the northern states (where casinos are illegal) flocked to the city. Up until then, it was just another seaside city, with a boardwalk, which are structures leading out from the shore into the sea and used as an entertainment area, typically incorporating arcades and places to eat.

    in need of redemption.: without a good economic basis, a town will dwindle in size and population. Gambling rescued it and made it prosperous thirty years ago; and apparently, it has hit upon hard times again, and needs saving again.
    'redemption' is not really used correctly here.
    (So few journalists seem to understand what they are actually saying anymore. 'redemption' means saving from sin or evil - not from troubled economic times. The number of programs on documentary TV channels I've watched in just the last few days...
    A flood eroded the river banks of a town and caused houses to be swept away. Said the narrator: "Nobody died in the disaster... but the carnage went on for days.")

    Anyone need me to explain?
    Last edited by David L.; 05-Jul-2009 at 20:45.

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    Re: what are these red phrases meaning??

    Hi again David, in North America boardwalks usually go along the beach, a very long "pavement" or "sidewalk" to the sea, whereas piers and docks jut out into the sea.

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