There is a case for .....


Senior Member
Could you tell me the meaning of this expression?
There is a case for sth
For example: There is a clear case for cutting the budget on the arts.

  • Matching Mole

    Senior Member
    England, English
    Case here means something like "argument" or "a set of facts or arguments supporting one side of a debate" [Compact OED]. So there is an clear [obvious, strong] argument for cutting the budget.

    (By the way, abbreviations like "sth" should be avoided and the word spelled out in full: "something", as they are not amongst the accepted abbreviations in the English Only forum.)
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