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Idiom of the week – Move the needle in/on something

Posted by englishlessons on December 2, 2013


make a noticeable difference in something


They canceled the marketing campaign when it failed to move the needle in sales.

The philanthropists wanted to develop a program that would move the needle on the problem of malaria in developing countries.

Picture it:

Picture an action or event that affects the movement of the needle on a measurement instrument. For example, an earthquake causes the needle on a seismograph to move dramatically.

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