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07:59 Aug 5, 2004
English to English translations [PRO] Bus/Financial - Finance (general)
English term or phrase:to sink to a merciful death
In the first round of the Finance Committee's markup sessions, the amended Treasurry proposal became so weighted down with special interest provisions that it sank to a merciful death.
Explanation: This making an analogy: it compares the treasury proposal to something heavy sinking in water. So many special interest provisions were added that it became heavy and sunk to its death [figuratively, in the water].
Basically, so many special interest proposals were added that finally no one could agree to it, and it "mercifully" sank to its death. The "mercifully" means that the author believes it was a good thing that the proposal "died." In this case "merciful" is similar to "putting something out of its misery."
Explanation: The Treasury proposal kept on spiralling downwards because of the special interest provisions that were being added that it was no more: so many additional provisions were made that the actual proposal ceased to exist.
Merciful adds a sarcastic element: they were glad it did go away.
Marijke Singer United Kingdom Local time: 15:29 Native speaker of: English, Spanish PRO pts in category: 4