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Archive for February, 2015

Idiom of the week – Drum up

Posted by englishlessons on February 10, 2015

Definition:

elicit support or interest in something

Examples:

That company wants to drum up interest in their new product.

The charity hopes to drum up support from contributors.

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Idiom of the week – Ratchet up/down

Posted by englishlessons on February 3, 2015

Definition:

increase/decrease something over time

Examples:

The recent publicity about health care costs is ratcheting up the pressure on legislators to address the problem.

As the election approached, both political candidates ratcheted up the spending on TV advertisements.

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