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    sputter

    can you please tell me what sputter means in this context?

    If you ever wonder why many small businesses stay small, why they sputter, plug along andnever grow or flourish, you know the reason. The proprietor insists on outfoxing or swindling thecustomers.

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    Re: sputter

    Quote Originally Posted by ionutzavram View Post
    can you please tell me what sputter means in this context?

    If you ever wonder why many small businesses stay small, why they sputter, plug along andnever grow or flourish, you know the reason. The proprietor insists on outfoxing or swindling thecustomers.
    Sputtering* is what a candle does just before it goes out. These small businesses are like that - you're never sure whether they're about to fold.

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    What they do visually is gutter; what they do audibly is sputter.
    Last edited by BobK; 26-Jan-2009 at 19:47. Reason: Added PS

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