Hiya, I was wondering whether you could help.
I need to complete the following sentence with one of the four options below:
We managed to ................ the last economic depression by cutting down our workforce.
a. weather b. surmount c. override d. float
Apparently, the correct option is "weather" as in to survive a crisis. However, if "surmount" means to overcome a difficulty, why is it not correct?
Collocation. You weather a crisis or a storm or a depression: each of those things is a series of adverse events; you surmount some of them (individual events), triumph over some of them, barely tolerate some of the, are battered by some of them, but at least you survive.