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2007.02.16(Review of 2004.05.26 edition)

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Today's LessonCATEGORY: イディオム
(MAKE/PUT) A DENT IN   減少させる

Explanation

  • To make a dent in or put a dent in something is to reduce it.
  • make a dent input a dent in は、何かを減らす、という意味です。

examples

  1. (just back from a vacation)
    I tried to catch up on my correspondence today but was barely able to make a dent in it. The work really piled up while I was away.
  2. (two co-workers at the end of a workday)
    a: I thought we'd get more done today.
    b: Well, at least we made a dent in it.
  3. I'm afraid the purchase of all that new equipment has put a rather large dent in this year's budget. It'll be necessary to tighten our belt for a while.
  4. The continuing recession has put quite a dent in our company's profits.

英会話レッスンAnd that completes all our work for the week. Enjoy the weekend!