Political

buffer zone

Meaning: neutral zone between two or more areas

Example: The council proposed to plant some parkland as a buffer zone between the industrial estate and the new housing project. Read on

drain the swamp

Meaning: rooting out the practice of corruption

Example: No matter how critical it is, Draining the swamps would be just about impossible unless we citizens take action against it in the union. Read on

under fire

Meaning: being shot at

Example: The politician came under fire after it was discovered that he had spend campaign money on lavish parties. Read on

too close to call

Meaning: a margin that is too close to determine a winner

Example: There are only a few minutes left in the match and it is too close to call. Read on

Young Turk

Meaning: a young person who has many new ideas and wants a reform

Example: Dan Mannix is one of the investment industry's Young Turks but his contact book bulges with seasoned veterans. Read on

Idiom of the Day

read the riot act

Meaning: warning someone by scolding them to improve their behavior

Example: She'd been bearing bad behavior from her employee and thought it was time to read him the riot act. Read on

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