Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(across the) spectrum

spectrumacross the spectrum
Meaning(s)
1) range or scale
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    • on/within the spectrum, on/across the social/political spectrum
  • Analysis
    A spectrum refers to a range or a scale. When we say something is 'across the spectrum' we mean that it spans a number of areas or encompasses many things or variables. This is used often in business contexts or to talk about social groups or class: "People across the socio-economic spectrum went out in force to protest the Government's decision". While using this phrase you might want to mention which spectrum you are referring to.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The legalization of abortion is a subject which has divided people across the entire social spectrum.
    2. This isn't a matter for just one party or another. It concerns every party across the political spectrum.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I would like our logo to use colors on the lighter end of the spectrum.
    2. Salary increases are not on the spectrum for anybody this year.
    3. Our candidate has always positioned himself on the left of the political spectrum.
    4. Our new product needs to cover the needs of people on either end of the spectrum.
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