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Posted by R. Berg on December 09, 2003

In Reply to: Sorry posted by Smokey Stover on December 09, 2003

: : : hi,
: : : need to know the meaning to the following phrases, could you give examples?..Thank you.

: : : 1.The Orwellian qualities.

: : : 2.en masse.

: : : 3.witch-hunt.

: : : shore up its position.

: : : 5.veggie libel.

: : : 6.clean-cut couple.

: : : 7.her biggest hold on fame.

: : : 8.has come full circle.

: : : 9.trail-blazing female.

: : : 10.lurch into

: : : 11.booby-traped assignment.

: : : 12.spelled out red lines.

: : : 13.trotted out some cold war rhetoric.

: : : don't poke a lion.

: : : 15.calling the shots in the current crises.

: : : fend off someone.

: : : 17.grinding down his economy.

: : : worked the phones.

: : : facto

: : : gobble something up and move on

: : Nope, I can't help you this time. Maybe someone else can. I am still waiting for some acknowledgement from you for the last time you asked for help. Several people, including me, gave you information on 147 phrases. Never heard a word from you.

: Kathaab, I would be glad to help, but my band-aids would not solve the basic problem, nor could the combined efforts of the Phrase Finder gang. You obviously are not a native English-speaker, and you need a strategy for extending your knowledge of the language. Many of the words and phrases you have asked about are easily available in almost any dictionary. You need, besides a good dictionary, an immersion program in English, or any course at all in English literature that has a professor willing to explain allusions, or even a reading program in English literature just for yourself. English isn't easy, but it's not that hard, either. Keep in touch. SS

Kathaab, the people who answer questions here aren't paid. We give our time because we like language, we like to help people, or both. That may help to explain why some of us set limits on how much we're willing to do.