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    hub/presage/blue in the face/whole loth/cut out of whole cloth/hot potato

    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?

    Google Earth, for instance, shows that the original hub of the nuclear complex at Isfahan consists of scores of easily observed — and easy to attack — buildings.

    hub = a centre of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve

    Joy and shout -- presage of victory.

    Never before, perhaps, in the history of the world, was an hour so fateful, so full of presage, as the present.

    presage = something which foreshows or portends a future event; a prognostic; an omen; an augury

    If there be aught of presage in the mind.

    presage = power to look the future, or the exercise of that power; foreknowledge; presentiment;

    synonyms of presage: prognostic; omen; token; sign;

    He had a clear presage that the whole thing would fail.

    The dark clouds presaged a storm.

    I presage that everything will end badly.

    presage (v) = foretoken, threaten, promise

    don't sell yourself short = it means “don't undervalue yourself”; you are much better tallented, skilled or just a better person than you say you are

    You can talk until you’re blue in the face!

    blue in the face = exhausted from anger, strain, or other great effort

    A mythology can not be created for literary purposes out of whole cloth; it must be the work of a race.

    whole cloth = pure fabrication; something that is wholly fabricated or a complete lie

    Herstory was cut out of whole cloth.

    out of whole cloth = from pure fabrication

    cut out of whole cloth = made up, false

    Many school boards found segregation a hot potato in the 1960s.

    hot potato = a question that causes strong argument and is difficult to settle

    In my salad years I dropped my first girl-friend like a hot potato even at the first day of our acquaintance.

    drop someone like a hot potato = to disassociate oneself with someone or something instantly

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Exclamation Re: hub/presage/blue in the face/whole loth/cut out of whole cloth/hot potato

    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?

    Google Earth, for instance, shows that the original hub of the nuclear complex at Isfahan consists of scores of easily observed — and easy to attack — buildings.

    hub = a centre of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve= heart of the nuclear complex

    Joy and shout -- presage of victory.

    Never before, perhaps, in the history of the world, was an hour so fateful, so full of presage, as the present.

    presage = something which foreshows or portends a future event; a prognostic; an omen; an augury
    The evidence of Antarctica ice melting affecting the krill and penguin populations is a presage of doom for the living civilization
    If there be aught of presage in the mind.

    presage = power to look the future, or the exercise of that power; foreknowledge; presentiment;

    synonyms of presage: prognostic; omen; token; sign;

    He had a clear presage that the whole thing would fail.

    The dark clouds presaged a storm.

    I presage that everything will end badly.
    The Maya civilization had presaged as far as 500 years ago, the end of creation to happen on 21st December 2012.
    presage (v) = foretoken, threaten, promise

    don't sell yourself short = it means “don't undervalue yourself”; you are much better tallented, skilled or just a better person than you say you are

    You can talk until you’re blue in the face!

    blue in the face = exhausted from anger, strain, or other great effort
    Blue in the face
    'Cause you're always in a hurry
    Blue in the face
    'Cause you always tend to worry

    A mythology can not be created for literary purposes out of whole cloth; it must be the work of a race.

    whole cloth = pure fabrication; something that is wholly fabricated or a complete lie

    Her story was cut out of whole cloth.

    out of whole cloth = from pure fabrication

    cut out of whole cloth = made up, false

    Many school boards found segregation a hot potato in the 1960s.

    hot potato = a question that causes strong argument and is difficult to settle and that those handling it risk unpleasant consequences
    Hot potato is also a party game that involves players gathering in a circle and tossing a small object such as a tennis ball to each other while music plays

    In my salad years I dropped my first girl-friend like a hot potato even at the first day of our acquaintance.

    drop someone like a hot potato = to disassociate oneself with someone or something instantly

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    All are OK. I think, the time is now ripe for presaged events coming to the fore.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 08-Jan-2010 at 15:15.

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