Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

rocket and feather (effect) - definition and synonyms

Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

noun

or asymmetric price transmission

  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    the idea that wholesale price rises are passed on to consumers in their entirety whereas falls are passed on very slowly; so prices rise like a rocket and fall like a feather

    Notice how gas goes up like a rocket and comes down like a feather; that's called the "rocket-feather effect."

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 30/01/2013

Open Dictionary

crafternoon

an afternoon full of crafts

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog