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Aventador LP700-4
Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 8:32:56 AM
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What does " pucker worthy " mean here?

Making changes to your best-selling vehicle is always a little pucker worthy for automakers. In this case, the RAV4 isn’t just Toyota’s most popular offering. Over 400,000 units were sold in the U.S. last year, which equates to a 15 percent improvement from 2016. In other words, Toyota is offering up a completely new model while its current RAV4 is selling like hotcakes. To say there’s a lot riding on this next-generation model, then, is a colossal understatement.

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https://www.motor1.com/news/237484/2019-toyota-rav4-new-york/

What does the word Pucker do here?!

thar
Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 9:54:33 AM

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Sick
Only the other end of the food canal!



I'm not kidding.



How confident are the car makers that changing their top-selling car is a good idea? Are they happy and relaxed?

Or are they thinking it could all be a big mistake?
And clenching every muscle in their body!
I am sure a list of meaning of 'pucker' includes anal clenching'!


The idea is 'worthy of a pucker' - it justifies one.
Aventador LP700-4
Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 10:43:18 AM
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Of course, it is difficult to change a best-selling car in fear of ruining its sales. But the word pucker and worthy don't mean anything together. One is negative the other is positive!
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 11:39:24 AM

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Aventador LP700-4 wrote:
Of course, it is difficult to change a best-selling car in fear of ruining its sales. But the word pucker and worthy don't mean anything together. One is negative the other is positive!


Not necessarily so. Though it might inspire some fear, a certain behavior might be worth the risk of trying. In that case, there may be a positive value in what would normally be considered a negative -- fear. It's a kind of "nothing ventured, nothing gained" attitude.


A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 3:53:53 PM

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The 'positivity' or 'negativity' of the two words does not prevent them being used together.

I assume you mean that "worthy" always has to mean something positive. This is not always true.
"Worthy" does have one positive meaning ("worth a lot to society" - a worthy gentleman) - but most of the meanings rely on another word or phrase.

The man's actions were worthy of a frown. (his actions were bad)
The man's actions were frown-worthy.
The child's actions were worthy of a smile. (the actions were good)
The child's actions were smile-worthy.
Making changes to your best-selling vehicle is always a little pucker-worthy. (frightening)
The increase in sales after making the changes was celebration-worthy.


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Aventador LP700-4
Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018 1:23:36 AM
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Thanks for shedding more light on the subject!
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