margin


margin
noun
1 empty space at the side of a page in a book, etc.
ADJECTIVE
generous, wide

Leave a generous margin on the left.

narrow
left, right
left-hand, right-hand
VERB + MARGIN
adjust, leave, set
PREPOSITION
at the margin

Start writing at the left-hand margin.

in the margin

She scribbled notes in the margin.

2 space, time, votes, etc. by which sth is won
ADJECTIVE
winning

The winning margin was only 8 seconds.

comfortable, considerable, greater, large, substantial, wide

She was not daunted by this substantial margin of defeat.

huge, overwhelming

The amendment passed by an overwhelming margin.

narrow, razor-thin (esp. AmE), slim, small

The election is likely to be decided by razor-thin margins.

clear, safe
three-to-one, two-to-one

Her book outsold his by almost a two-to-one margin.

1 000-vote, 20-second, etc.

He claimed the title with a slim 134 000-vote margin.

VERB + MARGIN
have
PREPOSITION
by a margin

She won by a clear margin.

margin over

He had an 18-second margin over his nearest rival.

PHRASES
by the largest, narrowest, etc. of margins

He won by the narrowest of margins.

a margin of victory
3 amount of extra space, time, etc.
ADJECTIVE
good, greater, wide

Sales predictions are open to wide margins of error.

narrow
adequate
generous
safety
VERB + MARGIN
allow (sb/sth), give (sb/sth), leave, provide

The device gives a greater margin of safety.

PREPOSITION
margin for

We have substantial reserves, which provide a good margin for uncertainties.

PHRASES
a margin for error, a margin of error

The schedule left no margin for error.

a margin of safety
4 profit
ADJECTIVE
fat (esp. AmE), high, large

The company relies on fat margins from luxury models.

low, narrow, razor-thin (esp. AmE), small, thin, tight

We're working to rather tight profit margins.

How does the company get by with such razor-thin margins?

negative (esp. AmE)
gross, net
profit
operating, pre-tax, retail (esp. BrE)
average

Today, average margins have slipped to just 4%.

VERB + MARGIN
achieve, have

These manufacturers have high gross margins.

operate at, operate on
improve, increase

Higher productivity has enabled them to increase their profit margins.

cut, cut into, erode, reduce, squeeze

Price rises have eroded profit margins.

MARGIN + VERB
increase, widen
narrow, shrink
PREPOSITION
at a margin

They are operating at very low margins.

margin on

They hope to improve their margins on computers.


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