Posted by R. Berg on April 11, 2004
In Reply to: Precision engineered posted by Miri Barak on April 10, 2004
: : : : : : : "*What a star*. They're just precision engineered and the screws cost six pounds, so he's got about a hundred pounds worth of implants in him"
: : : : : : : this is said during operating on a dog and the vet is talking about a plate put into his bones.
: : : : : : : I don't quite know to what she refers in "what a star". is it the precision she is admiring, or is it the dog?
: : : : : : : thanks a lot
: : : : : : Sorry. I can't tell from what you've posted. Generally, an inanimate object (like a screw) wouldn't be called a "star." So it must be the dog. But it still doesn't sound right.
: : : : : I'd guess that she's talking about the dog. He's a star, a very important animal. His owner is investing a lot of money in his surgery.
: : : : My cat isn't a star. But we spent an embarrassing amount of money around Christmas time to save her life. This doesn't really have anything to do with the inquiry. It just reminded me of that.
: : : Thank you for your answers and my sympathy to your cat ESC, I myself have two male cats who enjoy good health.
: : Sharon the cat recovered and is doing well. It was a Merry Christmas after all.
: I'm glad sharon feels well. (sick pets and kids are a very depressing thing).
: *precision engineered* that appears at the top of my question is a bit unusual combination. I thought it to be something designed to work at the utmost precistion, do correct me if i'm wrong, I found this combination in google quite a few times.
: Thanks a lot and good health to all the pets.
"Precision engineered" has to do with the way something is manufactured, not with the way it's intended to work, although those two things are related. The parts used in the dog's surgery were designed and made with great attention to detail. For instance, metal items would have been machined with a small tolerance (a small margin of error allowed for dimensions).