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    Hi,

    Can I change the underlined part ‘were struck a blow’ with ‘were struck by a blow’ in the following sentence, without changing its meaning?

    Former clients of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s European arm were struck a blow Friday after the U.K. High Court said it couldn't approve a plan to expedite the return of around $9 billion of their assets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Can I change the underlined part ‘were struck a blow’ with ‘were struck by a blow’ in the following sentence, without changing its meaning?

    Former clients of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s European arm were struck a blow Friday after the U.K. High Court said it couldn't approve a plan to expedite the return of around $9 billion of their assets.

    Thanks,

    MG.

    No, not really; "...were struck by a blow..." sounds as though they were literally struck physically.

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    Thanks.

    Isn’t the first sentence trying to convey the same thing metaphorically? The clients of Lehman Brothers were devasted by the news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Thanks.

    Isn’t the first sentence trying to convey the same thing metaphorically? The clients of Lehman Brothers were devasted by the news.
    Yes it is.

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