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    Lost for word

    Dear Teachers,

    What would be the best verb to say, "to have more negotiating power in case of a conflict" in a diplomatic setting?

    e.g. The US appears to be using Taiwan as a political pawn in order to _____ the rising China.

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    Re: Lost for word

    Quote Originally Posted by syku View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    What would be the best verb to say, "to have more negotiating power in case of a conflict" in a diplomatic setting?

    e.g. The US appears to be using Taiwan as a political pawn in order to _____ the rising China.
    Disadvantage, perhaps.

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    #3

    Re: Lost for word

    I think "to have the upper hand" corresponds exactly to "to have more negotiating power in case of a conflict". But it just doesn't seem to fit into your blank.


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    Re: Lost for word

    Quote Originally Posted by syku View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    What would be the best verb to say, "to have more negotiating power in case of a conflict" in a diplomatic setting?

    e.g. The US appears to be using Taiwan as a political pawn in order to _____ the rising China.
    Hi!

    I think that some option might be "to wrong-foot".

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    Re: Lost for word

    Quote Originally Posted by omasta View Post
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    I think that some option might be "to wrong-foot".
    I've never heard this phrase before. Where is it used?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Lost for word

    Quote Originally Posted by syku View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    What would be the best verb to say, "to have more negotiating power in case of a conflict" in a diplomatic setting?

    e.g. The US appears to be using Taiwan as a political pawn in order to _____ the rising China.
    or 'gain leverage over', if using 3 words is ok

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    Re: Lost for word

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I've never heard this phrase before. Where is it used?
    It's quite common in BrE Barb, and it fits with the meaning of the OP's sentence, it means "to put at a disadvantage".


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    Re: Lost for word

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I've never heard this phrase before. Where is it used?
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    I think it is taken from sport commentaries where soccer columnists describe a goalkeeper as "wrong-footed" when his action to save a shot from a penalty spot is inefficient due to some body tricks of the shooter. In reality, for example, it looks as the player intends to put the ball into the the right corner of the goal and signals that intention by a move of his body thus making the keeper to prepare his feet to follow the ball in that direction; when in the effect of such a body trick the ball is in the left corner and the golie is in the right one, we say that the goalkeeper was "wrong-footed".
    Last edited by omasta; 03-Jan-2010 at 08:46.

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    Re: Lost for word

    Thanks for that excellent explanation. We have so many baseball metaphors, but I don't know of any based on, er... "football."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #10

    Re: Lost for word

    Thanks for the metahphor. Now I wonder if the word is appropriate in a diplomatic setting.

    Chinese diplomat: "You totally try to wrong-foot us!"
    US diplomat: "Yeah, we love football."
    Last edited by syku; 19-Dec-2009 at 06:22.

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