Examples of gorilla in a Sentence
She hired some gorilla as her bodyguard.
the loan shark sent a couple of gorillas to “convince” him to pay up
Recent Examples of gorilla from the Web
Previously this summer, the zoo received a male silverback gorilla named Casey from the same zoo.
Or a jungle lodge in Africa where the gorillas and green, mystic lushness bring to mind Tarzan’s lost world.
The new Planet of the Apes trilogy has fared well, too, nearly a half century after Charlton Heston first crashed on a world full of aggressive gorillas.
Some meteorologists and geologists speculate that the collision would be like a pair of agitated gorillas: two giants making a lot of noise, shaking the ground, and then parting ways.
Her first job was zookeeper at the Dallas Zoo, working with chimps and gorillas.
Published by HarperCollins in 2011, the book centers on a silverback gorilla named Ivan who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with an elephant named Stella and a stray dog called Bob.
Or the Google Photos snafu, in which the company’s vaunted A.I. mistook black people for gorillas due to a lack of diversity in the data it was trained on.
Cleveland Metropark Zoo's gorilla troop The girls arrived earlier this year, with Kebi Moyo, 26, coming from Columbus in June, while Freddie, 43, moved here from Miami in March.
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Origin and Etymology of gorilla
First Known Use: 1847See Words from the same year
Synonymsbully, gangbanger, gangsta, gangster, goon, hoodlum, hood, hooligan, mobster, mug, plug-ugly, punk, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, thug, tough, toughie (also toughy), yob [British], yobbo [British]
Related Wordscutthroat, scoundrel, villain; assassin, bandit, bravo, brigand, criminal, crook, desperado, felon, gunman, highwayman, lawbreaker, mafioso, malefactor, offender, outlaw, perp, perpetrator, pirate; pickpocket, racketeer, robber, swindler, thief, vandal; juvenile delinquent, tearaway [British]
Financial Definition of GORILLA
What It Is
A gorilla is a company that controls most of the market for a product or service.
How It Works
For example, in the 1990s, Microsoft was a gorilla in the market for operating systems. Sure, there were competitors, but they were very small, had tiny market shares, and avoided taking Microsoft on directly. Microsoft had billions to invest in marketing and innovation, and could easily undercut, out-distribute, and outsell these tiny competitors. As the saying goes, an 800-pound gorilla does whatever it wants.
Why It Matters
A gorilla's huge size means that competitors must carefully consider the gorilla's potential reactions to certain business decisions. Many gorillas have a shot at monopolizing the market. However, federal antitrust laws, most notably the Sherman Act, make collusive activity and monopolistic behavior illegal in the United States. There is, however, still an incentive to compete with a gorilla. After all, an undetected price cut (or increase in production) will attract customers who are buying from the gorilla and customers who are not buying the product at all. Price adjustments may be subtle, including better credit terms, faster delivery or related free services.
Gorillas are most effective when the demand for the gorilla's product is not very affected by price. This is why gorillas are more effective in the short term; over the long term, prices often become elastic as consumers find cheaper substitutes for the product.
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