nudge

nudge
nudge nudge [nʌdʒ] verb [intransitive, transitive]
to increase the value or position of something on a scale by a small amount, or to increase or move up by a small amount:
nudge something up/​to something etc

• Investors bought blue chips again, nudging the Dow Jones Industrial Average to another all-time high.

nudge up

• Honda increased its share of the car market even though its sales nudged up only slightly.

— nudge noun [countable usually singular] :

• The interest rate cuts will give the economy an upward nudge.

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nudge UK US /nʌdʒ/ verb
[I or T] to move by a small amount in a particular direction, especially up, or make something do this: »

Shares in the company nudged higher while its competitors' shares fell.

nudge up »

Interest rates are gently nudging up.

nudge sth up »

The Federal Reserve began nudging interest rates up.

nudge (sth) down »

The credit card nudged down the APR of loans taken out online from 6.1% to 5.9%.

[T] to be close to reaching a particular price or level: »

With crude nudging $72 a barrel, the price of unleaded was once again the subject of concern.

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Inflation is nudging 10%.

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nudge UK US /nʌdʒ/ noun [S]
a slight change in the value or level of something, usually an increase: give sth/get a nudge »

Before long medical costs will get another upward nudge as the number of older people in rich countries rises.

give a nudge to sth »

News that retail sales rose more than most had expected gave a nudge to a number of retail stocks.

a small action that encourages something to happen: »

Gold reacts to the smallest nudge of the US dollar.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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