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Feed the Dragon

What Does "Feed the Dragon" Mean?

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"Feed the dragon" is an English idiom. It means "to appease or placate something or someone powerful, often at great cost."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "feed the dragon" used in a sentence:
  • The villagers had to sacrifice animals to feed the dragon.
  • Companies often feel like they have to feed the dragon of bureaucracy.
  • The government kept increasing taxes to feed the dragon of its debt.
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What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Feed the Dragon" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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