restraint


restraint
   1. an attempt to limit wage increases
   One of a series of euphemisms used by governments which seek to curb the inflation generated in part by their own profligacy or incompetence, by limiting wages and salaries.
   See also freeze1 and pause1.
   2. a recession
   A usage of politicians who wish to avoid the dread word 'recession' and to imply that the economic mess is caused other than through their own policies:
    The country [under Harold Wilson] was going through a period of severe economic restraint. (Mantle, 1988)

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  • restraint — (n.) action of restraining, c.1400, from O.Fr. restrainte, prop. fem. pp. of restraindre (see RESTRAIN (Cf. restrain)). Meaning means of restraint is recorded from early 15c …   Etymology dictionary

  • Restraint — Restraint. См. Ограничитель. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • restraint — constraint, compulsion, *force, coercion, duress, violence Analogous words: curbing, checking, inhibiting (see RESTRAIN): hindering, impeding, obstructing, blocking (see HINDER) Antonyms: incitement: liberty …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • restraint — noun 1 limit/control on sth ADJECTIVE ▪ voluntary ▪ agreements on voluntary export restraints ▪ conventional ▪ What happens when the conventional restraints on human cruelty are removed? ▪ …   Collocations dictionary


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