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Posted by Zia on August 08, 2003

In Reply to: English sentences posted by ESC on August 06, 2003

: : Hi,
: : I am currently reading "The Anatomy School" by Bernard MacLaverty and have come across a few sentences which I don't understand (I'm french...). Would anyone be kind enough as to explain to me what they mean ?
: : Thanks a lot
: : Zia

: : 1) feel your head !
: : 2)And Ned Kelly asked him a question and your man says : I haven't a baldy.
: : 3)mutton dressed as lamb
: : 4)it'll only stunt your growth
: : 5)the water stood the town on its head
: : 6)he ate enough to show he was trying
: : 7) they went around acting the Bishop, taking a swing like John Wayne in a fist fight. Making slap noises with their mouths and collapsing sideways on to the ground.
: : 8)they gave him a crisp corporation towel and a slice of red carbolic soap.

: : Cheers

: Hmmm. The only two that I can help with are:

: 3) mutton dressed as lamb -- Usually said about a mature woman who still dresses like a woman in her teens or 20s.

: 4)it'll only stunt your growth -- Coffee, cigarettes, etc., are said to "stunt your growth," result in a child not growing to his or her full potential adult height.

thanks to all those who contributed, and especially Shae who was of great help with irish cultural references.
You are great !