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Michael30000

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Russian
Hello everyone,

From the book Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman.

Many countries with rapidly growing populations are threatened by water scarcity or deforestation; others are struggling with conflict or political instability. While progress is not precluded, rapid population growth for these countries is a challenge multiplier.

Does "challenge multiplier" mean something that makes the corresponding problem (task, challenge) more difficult?

Thank you.
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    to multiply -> to increase
    multiplier -> something that increases something else
     

    NewAmerica

    Banned
    Mandarin
    Allow me play the role of a conservative, to whom a challenge is a trouble.;)

    No challenge, no trouble. Let us lead a peaceful life.
     
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