Word of the Day – 10/11/14


WORD OF THE DAY


PRECEDENT
\ˈpre-sə-dənt\

Meaning:
(Adjective)
Prior in time, order, arrangement, or significance.

(Noun)
A similar action or event that happened at an earlier time.
Something done or said that can be used as an example or rule to be followed in the future.
The usual or traditional way of doing something.

Usage:
The judge’s ruling was based on a precedent established by an earlier decision.
He says that the government will set a dangerous precedent if it refuses to allow the protesters to hold a rally.
The judge’s ruling was based on legal precedent.

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


IDIOM/PHRASE OF THE DAY


SIT ON THE FENCE

Meaning:
Not able to or not willing to make a decision.
Not to make a clear choice between two possibilities.

Usage:
When Jane and Tom argue, it is best to sit on the fence and not make either of them angry.
She criticized members of the committee for sitting on the fence and failing to make a useful contribution to the debate.

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