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
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The system worked well for great-ape species like orangutans, which are more solitary, but not so well for chimps or gorillas, which prefer to sleep in groups and inevitably pee together.
His rant on the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo last year went viral, as did his vociferous (and successful) call for the cancellation of the 2012 New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The animal appears to be healthy, making eye contact with Naku and gripping onto the mother's stomach, as all newborn gorillas should do during their first six months of life.
The recent shuffle leaves the Louisville Zoo with five male and six female gorillas.
But this is also an otherwise realistic movie in which a character, with no explanation given, is seen co-habiting with a gorilla.
Another 400 eastern gorillas live in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.
Most gorillas live in groups of no more than 10, says Stoinski.
From tightrope walkers to a gorilla with a penchant for cell phones, from a leaping Lamar Jackson to a solitary moment between a man and his horse.
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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]
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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.
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