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
Gibbons are long-armed, tree-dwelling primates that are much smaller than the great apes (such as gorillas, orangutans and humans).
But then again, The Rock faced off with a genetically mutated and monstrous gorilla, crocodile and wolf, so that's pretty normal.
The zoological term primate refers to the order of mammals that includes humans, gorillas, apes, gibbons, and monkeys, among other species.
In early June, Bel Air High School Art Department volunteers and students painted the three animals (camel, gorilla, turtle) at the playground.
Some said the park didn’t properly care for its 49-year-old gorilla, King.
Zuri, a 34-year-old silverback gorilla who suffered from a heart condition, has died, Houston Zoo officials said.
The 27-year-old gorilla arrived at the New Orleans zoo last month and is still settling into life in her new home.
The 40-year-old silverback gorilla who died last week had heart disease, according to Woodland Park Zoo.
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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.
GORILLA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gorilla for English Language Learners
: a type of very large ape that has black fur and that comes from Africa
: a large, strong, and usually ugly or frightening man
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