Word Of The Day – 6/10/14


WORD OF THE DAY


USURP(Verb)
/jʊˈzəːp, jʊˈsəːp/

Meaning:
To seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right.
To take over or occupy without right.
To take the place of (another) without legal authority; supplant.

Usage:
Some people have accused city council members of trying to usurp the mayor’s power.
The magazine usurped copyrighted material.
Richard usurped the throne.

Pronunciationhttp://www.macmillandictionary.com/pronunciation/british/usurp


IDIOM/PHRASE OF THE DAY


BEAT A DEAD HORSE

Meaning:
To force an issue that has already ended.
If something is already done and over with there is no point in still talking about it.
To bring up an issue that has already been concluded; something that’s considered to be pointless.

Usage:
Why do you insist on beating a dead horse by bringing up these ancient problems of ours?
He keeps trying to get it published but I think he’s beating a dead horse.

A:”Let’s not talk about it any more. Okay?”
B: “You’re right. We’re just beating a dead horse.”