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  1. Gregory.'s Avatar

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    to give the economy a shot in the arm

    Hi everybody,

    Could someone explain to me what this following expression means and where does it come from:

    "to give the economy a shot in the arm"

    Because the equivalent in French is:

    "apporter une bouffée d'oxygène à l'économie" which means as a verbatim report:

    "to bring a puff of oxygen to the economy" which is not really elegant I would admit.

    Why a shot in the arm? I have really difficulties to imagine this image as pertinent to our French expression which insists on the fact that economy has undergone a new vivification; it really is hard to comprehend the causality with the English expression.

    Thanks
    Last edited by Gregory.; 08-Mar-2010 at 11:18.

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    Re: to give the economy a shot in the arm

    IT means to put a rocket under economy, to give it a significant boost.

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    Re: to give the economy a shot in the arm

    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory. View Post
    Hi everybody,

    Could someone explain to me what this following expression means and where does it come from:

    "to give the economy a shot in the arm"

    Because the equivalent in French is:

    "apporter une bouffée d'oxygène à l'économie" which means as a verbatim report:

    "to bring a puff of oxygen to the economy" which is not really elegant I would admit.

    Why a shot in the arm? I have really difficulties to imagine this image as pertinent to our French expression which insists on the fact that economy has undergone a new vivification; it really is hard to comprehend the causality with the English expression.

    Thanks
    Imagine it as a shot/injection of medicine to revive the economy.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 08-Mar-2010 at 13:27.

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    Re: to give the economy a shot in the arm

    This means to stimulate the economy. That's what my teacher told me anyway.

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    Re: to give the economy a shot in the arm

    thanks,

    The second time you answer to a question of mine; I must confess that you have a good grasp on English language, and your answers are really toughly pertinent.

    I look forward a new reply.

    Gregory

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    Re: to give the economy a shot in the arm

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Imagine it as a shot/injection of medicine to revive the economy.
    That's it. The image is personifying the economy (as if it had an arm). The idea of sudden stimulation (as through a shot of liquor) is close enough to interpret the image in this context, but it's worth learning this use of 'shot' (medicinal, hypodermic injection) for its less figurative uses - such as 'I'm going to Venezuela. I must see the doctor about what shots I need'.

    b

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