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    Pukar Guest

    Question not understood

    I read in a newspaper the sentence " Asian Development Bank put the daily cost to state coffers and national economy at USD 1,00,000.

    What does this coffers means ?

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    MaryTeacher is offline Junior Member
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    Default Re: not understood

    Hi,

    One of the original meanings of "coffer" is a strong box or chest. Probably people used it to store precious things. We now often use "coffers" to refer to a nation's or individual's financial reserves (in other words, the money they have available to them).

    Other examples of how the word might be used (with the same meaning as the example you gave):

    Christmas put a big dent in the family coffers.

    With the current global financial difficulties, many governments will have to dig into their coffers to help their people.

    I hope this helps.

    Take care,
    Mary

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