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  1. peteryoung's Avatar

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    if the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion

    if the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion

    I know it's a quip, but what is the figurative sense of this sentence? What is 'laid end to end' like? Does it mean the same thing as 'if they were to stand in a line and form a circle, it would still not be a circle?'. I'm really confused.

    Thank you!:)

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    Re: if the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion

    Sounds good.
    'conclusion' is synonymous with 'end'.
    They would be unable to find a solution.
    The circle wouldn't be complete.

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    Re: if the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion

    a million thanks!

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    Re: if the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion

    "End to end" would indicate laying them down, one foot touching the next one's head.

    You could lay them down "end to end" and make a line from Hong Kong to Bejing, this a "conclusion" as you have a purpose. The statement is most used to demonstrate a quantity, but in this case is irony, in that economist would "never reach a conclusion" no matter what you did with them!


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    Re: if the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion

    Quote Originally Posted by flcracker
    "End to end" would indicate laying them down, one foot touching the next one's head.

    You could lay them down "end to end" and make a line from Hong Kong to Bejing, this a "conclusion" as you have a purpose. The statement is most used to demonstrate a quantity, but in this case is irony, in that economist would "never reach a conclusion" no matter what you did with them!

    And the total length would be very long, but the conclusion would always be too far away to reach.

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