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    homespun/spun around/all and sundry

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Staring into the darkness, I saw not even a remnant of her former delicate beauty but rather a haggard, filthy woman in a long torn coat of homespun.
    homespun (n) = a similar sturdy fabric made on a power loom

    Behind me I heard the distinct squeak of a floorboard, and I spun around in absolute terror.
    spin around = whirl; revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis

    I made tea for all and sundry at the office.
    He was well known to all and sundry.
    all and sundry = one and all

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.


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    Re: homespun/spun around/all and sundry

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Staring into the darkness, I saw not even a remnant of her former delicate beauty but rather a haggard, filthy woman in a long torn coat of homespun.
    homespun (n) = a similar sturdy fabric made on a power loom

    Homesubn = material probably woven on a loom in the home, from yarn that is spun in the home >> home-spun.

    Behind me I heard the distinct squeak of a floorboard, and I spun around in absolute terror.
    spin around = whirl; revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis

    Yes, but in this context turned around so I face the other way.

    I made tea for all and sundry at the office.
    He was well known to all and sundry.
    all and sundry = one and all

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
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