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‘Shirtfront’ in dictionary after Abbott’s warning to Putin

‘Shirtfront’ in dictionary after Abbott’s warning to Putin
The Australian prime minister’s threat to ‘shirtfront’ Russia’s president during an international summit this month has prompted a dictionary to broaden its definition of the word beyond an illegal football maneuver.

Russian officials ridiculed the threat made by Prime Minister Tony Abbott at a news conference last month, warning that President Vladimir Putin was a judo expert.

Susan Butler, editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, the definitive authority on Australian English, said Monday that the controversy made editors realize the word had taken on a broader meaning in recent decades than just an Australian football term for a shoulder charge to an opponent’s chest.

Starting in January, the Macquarie Dictionary online will offer alternative definitions of ‘shirtfront,’ including ‘to confront someone with a complaint or grievance.’
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