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    Dear Teacher:

    I am not quite sure about the meanings of the brackted clauses in the following two passages. Would you please do me a favor?

    1 [Somebody wears his tail to a frazzle] for every mouthful we eat and
    every stitch we wear.

    2. In the fruit store, he selected a basket of fruit wrapped in cellophane. The
    Greek behind the counter said the price was sixty cents, so that when he
    had paid he was left with only a nickel. As soon as he had come out of the
    store [the present seemed a funny one to take a healthy man.]

    Thanks a bunch.

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    Frazzle = get worked up, frantic, so someone has worried and worked for our every mouthful

    Fruit is normally a present for the sick, so it seems unusual to give a basket of fruit to someone healthy.

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