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    (solved) The Tories’ stab at boosting English rights is reckless and cynical

    Hi There;
    I can not understand a sentence in an article in Economist. I kindly remind you that my intention is not starting a political discussion, only learning English.

    Here is the source:
    http://www.economist.com/news/britai...ling-britannia

    The Tories’ stab at boosting English rights is reckless and cynical
    words:
    Tory: conservative party in UK, headed by David Cameron
    stab: If someone stabs you, they push a knife or sharp object into your body.
    boost: If one thing boosts another, it causes to increase improve or more successfull.
    reckless: not care about danger or the effect their behaviour will have on other people.
    cynical: acting selfishly.

    Are the entries below true? Thanks in advance.
    1- English rights are boosting.
    2- The tories stab the action 1.
    3- Action 2 is reckless and cynical.
    Last edited by tahasozgen; 19-Feb-2016 at 10:11. Reason: solved

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    Re: The Tories’ stab at boosting English rights is reckless and cynical

    Quote Originally Posted by tahasozgen View Post
    stab: If someone stabs you, they push a knife or sharp object into your body..
    That's one meaning of the verb. If you have a stab (noun) at something, it means that you make an attempt at it.

    The sentence thus means that the attempt by the Conservatives to improve the rights of English people is reckless and cynical.

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    Re: The Tories’ stab at boosting English rights is reckless and cynical

    The problem is with 'stab at'. Stab here is a noun, not a verb.

    To make / take a stab at something means to try or attempt something.

    "The Tories’ attempt at boosting English rights is reckless and cynical."

    Edit: cross-posted with Piscean
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