Since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, which cost 11 lives and a stonking $43 billion, BP has been slimming. The oil giant has sold more than $40 billion of assets, cutting its size by a third, as it continues to fight (and mainly lose) lawsuits and appeals. Cheap oil is adding a new edge to its woes http://econ.st/1yrrgtN
Travellers have long known that the richer a country, the more likely a visit is to burn a hole in their wallets. A recent survey by Tripadvisor, a travel website, put Oslo, the capital of super-rich Norway, as the world's priciest destination. But near the top of the sticker-shock rankings is a surprise entry: upper-middle-income Brazil. Why is Brazil so pricey? http://econ.st/170Qi1s
Editorial: Subsidize Students, Not Tax Cuts
House Republicans seem more interested in cutting taxes than they are in helping financially strapped students get a college education.
Once a symbol of poverty, the lowly wood burning stove is making a stonking comeback among cash-strapped Greeks horrified by the soaring costs of central heating as winter begins.
tr.v., -fied, -fy·ing, -fies.
- To cause to feel horror. See synonyms at dismay.
- To cause unpleasant surprise to; shock.
[Latin horrificāre, from horrificus, horrific. See horrific.]horrification hor'ri·fi·ca'tion (-fĭ-kā'shən) n.
horrifyingly hor'ri·fy'ing·ly adv.
Excellent, great, fantastic. Also as adverb, very, extremely. (1980 —) .
Independent When they've got their dosh, they go out and have a stonking good time (1990). Hence stonker noun Something large or excellent of its type. (1987 —) .
Observer Food Monthly There's not a whole heap of Sangiovese Down Under...But this is a stonker (2007).
[From stonk verb + -ing.]
burn a hole in one's pocket〈金が〉すぐ出ていってしまう, なくなる；（金を）使いたくてうずうずする.