Posted by HCD on February 20, 2004
In Reply to: Re: Some expressions in english posted by Bob on February 20, 2004
: : I'd like to know if somebody can help me with the meaning of the following expressions: "round and about" and "held and turned", shown in the contexts
: : below:
: : The war became a consuming fire 'round and about' the world, causing losses both to victors and vanquished out of all proportion to the issues involved.
: : The first phase of the war was a tremendous rush of the Germans upon Paris and an invasion of East Prussia by the Russians. Both attacks were 'held and turned.'
: : Thanks,
: : HCD
: "around and about" is to be completely surrounded, as in an out-of-control fire that threatens your life.