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ac•com•plish•ment(əˈkɒm plɪʃ mənt)
- Accomplishment and authority hang on him like a custom-tailored suit —Alvin Boretz (play-in-progress)
- Encased in talent like a uniform —W. H. Auden
- He uses irony as a surgeon uses a scalpel … with the same skill and to the same effect —Anon
- Like a hog he does no good till he dies —Thomas Fuller See Also: EVIL
- Rise to the occasion like a trout to the hook —Anon
- Skilled and coordinated as an NFL backfield —James Mills
- Something positive had been accomplished, like wrapping up a package in smooth paper, firm, taut, with a tight knot —Belva Plain
- (Slowly he crept upon the heart of Manhattan, his) talent poised like a knife —Scott Spencer
- To watch him is like watching a graceful basketball player sink shot after shot —Anon
feather in [one’s] cap A distinction or honor, a noteworthy achievement. In the 14th century, a soldier added a feather to his cap for each enemy soldier he had killed. A similar practice existed among the American Indians who added feathers to their headdress. Among hunters, it was a common practice (and still is in Scotland and Wales) to pluck a feather from the first kill of the season and display it proudly in one’s hunting cap. By the mid-1600s, the feather had lost much of its “killing” significance while retaining its symbolic value as a sign of bravery and honor. At that time, many British noblemen considered themselves to be men of distinction by virtue of their birthright and frequently wore feathers as a somewhat garish addition to their attire. Since men, regardless of virility or pugilistic prowess, no longer wear feathers as badges of accomplishment, in contemporary usage the expression is exclusively figurative.
He wore a feather in his cap, and wagg’d it too often. (Thomas Fuller, The Church History of Belgium, 1655)
hat trick A triple accomplishment; a streak of three successful undertakings. This British expression originated as cricket slang for the taking of three wickets, a feat for which the triumphant player was awarded a tall hat. The term’s current figurative meaning is extended to include any triple achievements or victories.
British aircraft constructors are hoping that an official attempt will shortly be made on the world’s height record, and the “hat trick” accomplished by the annexation of all three of the records which really matter in aviation. (Statesman, December, 1931)
|Noun||1.||accomplishment - the action of accomplishing something|
beachhead, foothold - an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments; "the town became a beachhead in the campaign to ban smoking outdoors"; "they are presently attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market"
cakewalk - an easy accomplishment; "winning the tournament was a cakewalk for him"; "invading Iraq won't be a cakewalk"
exploit, feat, effort - a notable achievement; "he performed a great feat"; "the book was her finest effort"
masterpiece - an outstanding achievement
masterstroke - an achievement demonstrating great skill or mastery
credit - used in the phrase `to your credit' in order to indicate an achievement deserving praise; "she already had several performances to her credit";
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
performance - any recognized accomplishment; "they admired his performance under stress"; "when Roger Maris powered four home runs in one game his performance merits awe"
track record, record - the sum of recognized accomplishments; "the lawyer has a good record"; "the track record shows that he will be a good president"
sledding, going - advancing toward a goal; "persuading him was easy going"; "the proposal faces tough sledding"
close call, close shave, narrow escape, squeak, squeaker - something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin
attainment - the act of achieving an aim; "the attainment of independence"
base on balls, pass, walk - (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls; "he worked the pitcher for a base on balls"
haymaking - taking full advantage of an opportunity while it lasts
enlisting, recruitment - the act of getting recruits; enlisting people for the army (or for a job or a cause etc.)
smooth - the act of smoothing; "he gave his hair a quick smooth"
|2.||accomplishment - an ability that has been acquired by training|
ability, power - possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done; "danger heightened his powers of discrimination"
horsemanship - skill in handling and riding horses
literacy - the ability to read and write
marksmanship - skill in shooting
mastership - the skill of a master
mixology - skill in preparing mixed drinks
numeracy - skill with numbers and mathematics
oarsmanship - skill as an oarsman
salesmanship - skill in selling; skill in persuading people to buy; "he read a book on salesmanship but it didn't help"
seamanship - skill in sailing
showmanship - the ability to present something (especially theatrical shows) in an attractive manner
swordsmanship - skill in fencing
a great accomplishment → un gran logro
it's quite an accomplishment to + INFIN → exige mucho talento + infin
her accomplishment in finishing the film although ill → su logro de terminar la película a pesar de estar enferma
accomplishment[əˈkʌmplɪʃmənt əˈkɒmplɪʃmənt] n
The accomplishments of the past year have been extraordinary → Les réussites de l'année passée ont été extraordinaires.