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false economy

An initial attempt to save money that ends up costing a person more money in the future. Although people often join wholesale clubs for the discounts, it ends up being a false economy because they spend more there than they would at a regular grocery store. Not getting regular oil changes might save you money in the short term, but it's a false economy because you'll ruin your engine.
See also: economy, false

gig economy

A labor market in which temporary or freelance work is common. A "gig" is a one-time job. After getting laid off from my full-time office job, I started doing freelance work, like many other people in the gig economy.
See also: economy, gig

It's the economy, stupid.

cliché The one thing voters care most about is the health of the country's economy. The phrase was coined by political strategist James Carville for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992. For all the scandals and controversies surrounding the governor, the thing most likely to unseat her in the upcoming election will be the lingering effects of the recession. After all, it's the economy, stupid.


1. noun Literally, a metal bar on a motorcycle that one kicks down with one's foot in order to start the engine. Also called a "kick-starter." Jake hit the kick-start and peeled out of town on his motorcycle.
2. noun An action or event that serves to start, reinvigorate, or reactivate some activity, system, or process. Our productivity is beginning to slump. We need to come up with some kind of a kick-start for our employees.
3. verb Literally, to start a motorcycle by kicking down on a metal bar that activates the engine. Please don't kick-start your bike until I'm firmly on the seat behind you!
4. verb By extension, to start, reinvigorate, or reactivate some activity, system, or process. Politicians are hoping that the new stimulus package will help kick-start the economy.
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it's the economy, stupid

Failing to address economic problems. The phrase was invented by Bill Clinton’s strategist, James Carville, during Clinton’s 1992 campaign for the presidency. Carville suggested Clinton was a better choice for president than George H. W. Bush because Bush had failed to do anything about a recent recession. It hung as a sign on Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas. The New York Times writer and Nobel Prize–winning economist Paul Krugman used it: “What political scientists . . . tell us is that it really is the economy, stupid” (July 18, 2010). The term not only was repeated enough to become a cliché but gave rise to similar locutions for blame, such as “it’s the voters, stupid” or “it’s the oil spill, stupid.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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