Word Of The Day – 22/9/14


WORD OF THE DAY


PLACATE(Verb)
\ˈplā-ˌkāt, ˈpla-\

Meaning:
Make (someone) less angry or hostile.
To allay the anger of, especially by making concessions.

Usage:
They attempted to placate the students with promises.
She eventually storms off into another part of the house and he follows in an attempt to placate her.
The administration placated protesters by agreeing to consider their demands.


IDIOM/PHRASE OF THE DAY


A TOSS-UP

Meaning:
A result that is still unclear and can go either way.
A situation where two or more possibilities are equally likely.

Usage:
It’s a toss-up between Angela and Moira for the editor’s job.
It was a toss-up whether prices would go up or down.
It’s a toss-up. It’s difficult to choose. Both ideas are good.

A: Who do you think will win the final game tonight? The Royals or the Kings?
B: I think it is a toss up. Both have very high chances of winning.

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