The French left that, if Strauss-Kahn were really out of the arena, would lose its champion.
The net effect of the Obama administration policy in this arena amounts to a nearly total Americanization of the war.
She flitzed and flounced around the arena like a spritely Soviet fairy.
1620s, "place of combat," from Latin harena "place of combat," originally "sand, sandy place," perhaps from Etruscan. The central stages of Roman amphitheaters were strewn with sand to soak up the blood.