Word Of The Day – 23/9/14


WORD OF THE DAY


MITIGATE(Verb)
\ˈmi-tə-ˌgāt\

Meaning:
To make (something) less severe, harmful, or painful.
To moderate (a quality or condition) in force or intensity; alleviate.

Usage:
Emergency funds are being provided to help mitigate the effects of the disaster.
Morphine may be given hypodermically to mitigate the pain.
The United Nations will try and mitigate the crisis between the two countries.

Pronunciation: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/pronunciation/british/mitigate

 


IDIOM/PHRASE OF THE DAY


COCK AND BULL STORY

Meaning:
An unbelievable tale.
A story or explanation which is obviously not true .

Usage:
I asked for an explanation, and all I got was your ridiculous cock-and-bull story!
She told me some cock-and-bull story about her car breaking down.
Don’t ask him about his ancestry unless you want to hear a cock-and-bull story.

 

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