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valley of death

valley of death  n.— «Several speakers referred to the difficulty in getting an innovation from the idea stage to the commercial stage, a gap referred to as the “valley of death.” Andrew Dearing, secretary general of the European...

black fish

black fish  n.— «Share fishermen, who are classified self-employed, receive a share of the profits or gross earnings of a fishing boat but research from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed that share fishermen often don’t save for...

head-down

head-down  adj.— «An in-depth corporate workplace survey showed that the main problems for those working in traditional eight- by nine-foot cubes was the lack of privacy and difficulty in doing heads-down work. For employees who had...

pain point

pain point n. a level of difficulty sufficient to motivate someone to seek a solution or an alternative; a problem or difficulty. Editorial Note: Thanks to Joel Rennich of Apple and AFP548 for tipping us off about this term. (source: Double-Tongued...

7,000-mile screwdriver

7,000-mile screwdriver  n.— «As I think most of you know from our efforts on the USS Cole, the chief of naval operations, secretary of the navy, both for good, legal reasons of not interfering with ongoing investigations from Washington...

network war

network war  n.— «In a network war, the rigid hierarchical structure of a conventional army has difficulty engaging the flattened structure of a hybrid force such as Hezbollah, in which the sophistication of a conventional force is packed...