2012년 9월 17일 월요일

Dic: overtaken by events


■ If an event overtakes you, it happens unexpectedly or suddenly. (= befall)

  • Tragedy was shortly to overtake him, however.
  • The positive neutrality enjoined on the force has now been overtaken by events.
■ be overtaken by events: if you are overtaken by events, the situation changes, so that your plans or ideas are not useful any more.
  • The diplomatic negotiations were soon overtaken by events.
■ overtake someone/something: if something unpleasant overtakes a person, it unexpectedly starts to happen and to affect them.
  • The climbers were overtaken by bad weather. 
  • Sudden panic overtook her. 
  • Our original plan was overtaken by events (= the situation changed very rapidly) and we had to make a new one.
.... COBUILD, LDOCE, OALD


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