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I just read The Jakarta Post I've got this:

"Prabowo changes style in campaign as poll nears"

what is the meaning of 'as poll nears', I've got some guesswork and I am not really sure about it, does that mean "the method to get the polling"?

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    "Poll" here means the actual official vote, the only one that counts. – Brian Donovan Jun 20 '14 at 1:35
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It's headlinese. Two of the characteristics of headlinese are:

  • omission of articles
  • use of short words of roughly the right meaning, even if they would not be used in ordinary writing (poll for election).
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as poll nears : as the poll (vote) approaches in time

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