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    round up (v)/ expired/ round-up (n)/ vulture/ a trifle..

    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?

    Round up all suspicious characters and search them for stolen documents .
    round up = collect or gather in a body as in “The police rounded up all the suspects.”

    These papers expired three weeks ago; You’ll have to come along.
    expire = to become void, especially through passage of time or an omission
    A paper that has “expired” is no longer valid or up to date.

    This is the customary round-up of refugees, liberals and beautiful girls for Monsieur Renault, the prefect of police .
    “customary” means usual, common place customary (a) = usual, ordinary, habitual
    round-up (n) = a gathering in of scattered persons or things; as, a round-up of criminals.

    This place is full of vultures ! Vultures everywhere!
    vultures = (in the present case) a person of a rapacious, predatory, or profiteering nature (a person who takes advantage of, or steals from, other people)

    You may find the climate of Casablanca a trifle warm.
    a trifle .... = another way of saying a bit, or a little

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Re: round up (v)/ expired/ round-up (n)/ vulture/ a trifle..

    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?

    Round up all suspicious characters and search them for stolen documents .
    round up = collect or gather in a body as in “The police rounded up all the suspects.”

    These papers expired three weeks ago; You’ll have to come along.
    expire = to become void, especially through passage of time or an omission
    A paper that has “expired” is no longer valid or up to date.

    This is the customary round-up of refugees, liberals and beautiful girls for Monsieur Renault, the prefect of police .
    “customary” means usual, common place customary (a) = usual, ordinary, habitual
    round-up (n) = a gathering in of scattered persons or things; as, a round-up of criminals.

    This place is full of vultures ! Vultures everywhere!
    vultures = (in the present case) a person of a rapacious, predatory, or profiteering nature (a person who takes advantage of, or steals from, other people)

    You may find the climate of Casablanca a trifle warm.
    a trifle .... = another way of saying a bit, or a little

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    All are fine except the last one, Vil.

    Here the author is using understatement in saying 'a trifle'. What he really means is that it can be 'extremely' hot in Casablanca.

    Sometimes we may say; "It's a trifle cold outside, take a jacket", when we really mean, "Put your jacket on, it's freezing outside".

    "It's a trifle cold", "It's a mite too hot for me in Spain", "I think it rains a bit too much in Norway", "Can you turn the music down a little bit?"

    These are all understatements where the speaker is playing down the seriousness of the situation.

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    Re: round up (v)/ expired/ round-up (n)/ vulture/ a trifle..

    Hi Hamburg,

    Thank you for your reply. Your reasoning concerning the interpretation of the last sentence from my original post sounds very plausible at first sight.

    I beg your pardon, but I disagree with your statement concerning the meaning of the idiom “a trifle” in the sentence in question.

    I know something about the literary term “understatement” = “restraint or lack of emphasis in expression, as for rhetorical effect”. For example “to call her pretty is an understatement, she is a beauty”. The case in question is a horse of another color.

    a trifle (idiom) = very little; somewhat: a trifle stingy.

    trifle: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    Regards,

    V.

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