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    Default Crushing blow and understatement

    I don't get the meaning of these two sentences. ( They are not related ) Would you please define them for me?



    1. 'It wasn't very easy to find the house.' ' That's got to be the understatement of the year!'


    2. The airplane's invention was a crushing blow for ballooning.

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    Default Re: Crushing blow and understatement

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    I don't get the meaning of these two sentences. ( They are not related ) Would you please define them for me?



    1. 'It wasn't very easy to find the house.' ' That's got to be the understatement of the year!' It was very difficult to find the house. An understatement occurs when something is said to be less important than it really is. For example, "The war in the 1940s was an inconvenience for Mexicans wishing to travel to Europe." It was more than an inconvenience, it was nearly impossible.


    2. The airplane's invention was a crushing blow for ballooning. A crushing blow, in this case, was nearly enough to stop any advancement in the development of balloons. Why develop a better balloon when the airplane was a more efficient means of transportation? In a similar vein, the introduction of the automobile was a crushing blow to those companies which produced horse drawn wagons.
    You can find many meanings by searching for the words on the Internet.

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