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    Hi,

    What does the short mean in this sentence?


    The boss was very short with his secretary.

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    Re: short

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    What does the short mean in this sentence?


    The boss was very short with his secretary.
    Hi Silverobama,

    IMO you will find what you need in this link, entry 5 or 6 (whether it is one or the other will depend on context)

    Short | Define Short at Dictionary.com

    Hope it helps.

    Greetings,

    Charliedeut

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    Re: short

    Thanks a lot,

    This is the number five definition:

    brief or concise, as writing.

    And accordingly, the sentence should be "The boss was very brief/concise with his secretary.

    But isn't it awkward to say someone is concise with somebody?

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    Re: short

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Thanks a lot,

    This is the number five definition:




    And accordingly, the sentence should be "The boss was very brief/concise with his secretary.

    But isn't it awkward to say someone is concise with somebody?
    Did you read 6, as suggested by charliedeut?

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    Re: short

    Did you read 6, as suggested by charliedeut?
    I did. When I first looked "short" up in the dictionary before here, I guess it might mean the definition six, but I wasn't sure.

    And according to Cha's suggestion, he mentioned "short" was open to two definitions, and I guess the fixth one doesn't work, so I just want to make certain.

    So, the answer is the sixth one, right?

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    Re: short

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    I did. When I first looked "short" up in the dictionary before here, I guess it might mean the definition six, but I wasn't sure.

    And according to Cha's suggestion, he mentioned "short" was open to two definitions, and I guess the fixth one doesn't work, so I just want to make certain.

    So, the answer is the sixth one, right?
    Yes.

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