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    primed ?

    " Obviously, George W. Bush's agenda is not primed for his ultimate world statesmanship.

    " He's waited until you are primed "

    " The seller is primed "

    This word ' primed ' sounds so vague to me because the meanings I got from the dictionaries don't look fit with the sentences above.

    Any comments ?

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    To be "primed" means to be ready or prepared.

    " Obviously, George W. Bush's agenda is not readyfor his ultimate world statesmanship.

    " He's waited until you are ready"

    " The seller is ready"

    Shouldn't "He's waited" be "He's waiting"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Shouldn't "He's waited" be "He's waiting"?
    I think so.

    Good answers! :D

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    I think 'primed' is more specific- Mr Bush would be primed for a specific meeting by his advisors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I think 'primed' is more specific- Mr Bush would be primed for a specific meeting by his advisors.
    You can prime a pump, but can you prme a person? :wink:

    I would expect Mr. Bush's advisors to "prep" him for that meeting.

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    I haven't heard 'prep' used here. Maybe I should change the name to a British politican.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    You can prime a pump, but can you prme a person? :wink:
    I've heard primed used for people. Please see:
    http://www.bartleby.com/81/13636.html

    Iain

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    #8
    Quote Originally Posted by dduck
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    You can prime a pump, but can you prme a person? :wink:
    I've heard primed used for people. Please see:
    http://www.bartleby.com/81/13636.html
    • “He is primed to the muzzle.”
      --from the website


    That's a new one for me. (That site is quite a handy online resourch.)

    :wink:

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    Re: primed ?

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    " Obviously, George W. Bush's agenda is not primed for his ultimate world statesmanship.

    " He's waited until you are primed "

    " The seller is primed "

    This word ' primed ' sounds so vague to me because the meanings I got from the dictionaries don't look fit with the sentences above.

    Any comments ?
    I agree with Casiopea that "ready" is a part of these uses of primed, but there is also a component of preparation involved. It has the sense of "having been made ready" or "having been prepared".

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    Re: primed ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    " Obviously, George W. Bush's agenda is not primed for his ultimate world statesmanship.

    " He's waited until you are primed "

    " The seller is primed "

    This word ' primed ' sounds so vague to me because the meanings I got from the dictionaries don't look fit with the sentences above.

    Any comments ?
    I agree with Casiopea that "ready" is a part of these uses of primed, but there is also a component of preparation involved. It has the sense of "having been made ready" or "having been prepared".
    You have to be prepared to be ready, don't you? :wink:

    • "Be prepared."
      --Boy Scout motto


    :)

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