Word Of The Day – 16/10/14


WORD OF THE DAY


FOIBLE(Noun)
\ˈfȯi-bəl\

Meaning:
A minor flaw or shortcoming in character or behavior.
The part of a sword or foil blade between the middle and point.

Usage:
We have to tolerate each other’s little foibles.
We could tolerate my uncle’s foibles because we loved him dearly.
He parries with his foible when a feint is close but his real defense is his feet.
Character faults and foibles surface slowly and are dealt with compassionately.

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


IDIOM/PHRASE OF THE DAY


GET THE AXE/GIVEN THE AXE

Meaning:
If a person gets the axe, they lose their job.
If a plan or a service gets the axe, it is stopped.

Usage:
The project team was undergoing a major restructuring, recruitment executives were the first to get the axe.
My research project was the first thing to be given the axe when the new boss took over.

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