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    vil is offline VIP Member
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    Default be backward in coming forward/ the needful

    Dear teachers,

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

    They are “rather backward in coming forward” with the needful.

    be backward in coming forward = don’t do one’s best, don’t exert oneself

    the needful = the needy, the indigent (plural)

    indigent = a needy or destitute person

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Default Re: be backward in coming forward/ the needful

    No.

    It means they are reluctant to provide the necessary information.

    Rover

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