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    cross one's mind/ scrape up acquaintance with somebody

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    Nicky was not an immodest youth, but it did cross his mind that perhaps she had borrowed that thousand francs in order to scrape acquaintance with him.

    cross ones mind = pass through one's mind = pass through one's mind

    scrape up acquaintance with somebody= inflict ones company on somebody

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: cross one's mind/ scrape up acquaintance with somebody

    '...cross his mind...' = '...occur to him...'

    '...scrape up acquaintance with him...' = '...give herself an opportunity to get to know him.'

    Rover

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