The Obama administration had identified a more direct solution. In its dying weeks it filed a case at the WTO, suing China for its aluminium subsidies.  http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21723404-risk-donald-trump-has-wrong-solution-how-chinese-overcapacity-hits

Could this(dying weeks) mean the period when his administration had only few days left in office? Since "dying" in this case could also mean "ending"?

| improve this question | | | | |
  • 5
    Yes indeed, your understanding is correct. "Dying weeks" does refer to the last few weeks before the Obama administration came to an end. – satnam Jul 3 '17 at 12:56
  • X-ing days/months/weeks = the days/months/weeks when/while X was happening. – LawrenceC Jul 12 '18 at 3:23

This is a metaphor, likening the administration to a person near the end of life. It's a period when the end of its time is obviously approaching and it is less effective than before.

Your understanding is correct, and "ending" could have been used instead. "Dying weeks" makes it clearer that this is a last-chance attempt at action, and there wouldn't be time to try again.

| improve this answer | | | | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.