In recent years of global prosperity, legions of new Indian, Russian and Chinese millionaires came to roost in the gleaming new high-rise condominiums that made Singapore look more like Miami than the stodgy nation that banned chewing gum and caned an 18-year-old American for vandalism in 1994. But if once you could see the global shift in wealth to Asia manifested in the burgeoning skyline, you now can see the effects of its flight from emerging markets.
An outline of land and buildings defined against the sky.
‘the skyline of the city’
adjective UK INFORMAL DISAPPROVING
boring, serious and formal:
Neither company has succeeded in shedding its stodgy image.
Younger consumers, it is said, regard their products as stodgy and unfashionable.
stodginess noun [U]
1 [C or U] the long, hard, hollow stem of particular plants such as bamboo, sometimes used to make furniture or support other plants in the garden
2 [C] a long stick used especially by old, ill or blind people to help them walk
3 [S] a long, thin stick used in the past as a school punishment
to hit a child at school with a stick as a punishment