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  1. used before adjectives and adverbs for saying that something is only slightly true or that it is not true at all

    Victor’s suggestions were not very helpful.

    The next four years were not very happy ones.

    The house is not very large, but extremely comfortable.

    In the end she greeted me, but not very politely.

    Peggy’s not very good at singing, is she (=a polite way of saying she is bad at it)?

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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