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    strike a chord/approbation/ignoramus/hold the bag/

    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?

    The speech struck a responsive chord among many and won him much approbation.

    to strike a chord = trigger a feeling or memory; create an emotional response

    approbation = official approval; an expression of warm approval; praise

    Many . . . joined in a loud hum of approbation.

    Animals . . . love approbation or praise.

    approbation = the act of approving; an assenting to the propriety of a thing with some degree of pleasure or satisfaction;

    This day my sister should the cloister enter, and there receive her approbation.

    approbation = probation

    We may be anxious for the approbation of our friends; but we should be still more anxious for the approval of our own consciences.

    He who is desirous to obtain universal approbation will learn a good lesson from the fable of the old man and his ass.

    approbation = strong assenting to or declaring as good, sanction, commendation

    I prefaced my suggestion by saying that I was an ignoramus.

    A bigger ignoramus I never met; he doesn't even know that ships and cars are always female.

    He made claims to be an authority on Africa, and I could not help suspecting that subconsciously he felt that an incompetent ignoramus had invaded his territory.

    ignoramus = an ignorant person

    Afghanistan: Who is left holding the bag?

    It was a zip-up pocket intended for golf balls and perhaps a pipe or a pair of gloves. The zip had been half-closed. Pulling it open would be too great a risk and Turner could not trust his own hands to hold the bag steady.

    hold the bag = to be left with empty hands

    We went out to dinner together but when it was time to pay I was left holding the bag.

    hold the bag = to be made liable for or victimized

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Exclamation Re: strike a chord/approbation/ignoramus/hold the bag/

    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?

    The speech struck a responsive chord among many and won him much approbation.Ok


    to strike a chord = trigger a feeling or memory; create an emotional response

    approbation = official approval; an expression of warm approval; praise

    Many . . . joined in a loud hum of approbation.

    Animals . . . love approbation or praise.

    approbation = the act of approving; an assenting to the propriety of a thing with some degree of pleasure or satisfaction;
    His services for the uplift of downtrodden has received universal approbation.
    This day my sister should the cloister enter, and there receive her approbation.

    approbation = probation

    We may be anxious for the approbation of our friends; but we should be still more anxious for the approval of our own consciences.

    He who is desirous to obtain universal approbation will learn a good lesson from the fable of the old man and his ass.Ok

    approbation = strong assenting to or declaring as good, sanction, commendation

    I prefaced my suggestion by saying that I was an ignoramus.

    A bigger ignoramus I never met; he doesn't even know that ships and cars are always female.

    He made claims to be an authority on Africa, and I could not help suspecting that subconsciously he felt that an incompetent ignoramus had invaded his territory.
    A Quote: Of all the unbearable nuisances, the ignoramus that has traveled is the worst
    ignoramus = an ignorant person Ok

    Afghanistan: Who is left holding the bag?

    It was a zip-up pocket intended for golf balls and perhaps a pipe or a pair of gloves. The zip had been half-closed. Pulling it open would be too great a risk and Turner could not trust his own hands to hold the bag steady.

    hold the bag = to be left with empty hands

    We went out to dinner together but when it was time to pay I was left holding the bag.

    hold the bag = to be made liable for or victimized= The person who is left holding the bag is generally the scapegoat.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
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