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    Puncture a tyre?

    Hi all,
    Does a vandal puncture a tyre? How about let a tyre down, and slash a tyre? Does slash here mean a cut? How about making a hole in it?


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    Re: Puncture a tyre?

    We would say "slash" in the US, usually. Vandalism is violent and the violent image of "slash" works best.

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    Re: Puncture a tyre?

    ***Not a teacher***

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,
    Does a vandal puncture a tyre? How about let a tyre down, and slash a tyre? Does slash here mean a cut? How about making a hole in it?


    Ta!
    Puncture a tyre (make a hole in it) - yes, this is valid
    Let a tyre down (take off the valve tap and let the air out) - yes, valid
    Slash a tyre (cut is with a knife or sharp object) - yes, valid
    Making a hole in it - either puncturing or piercing the tyre.

    Ade

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    Re: Puncture a tyre?

    In AmE, a punctured tire is referred to as "flat." A person might return to his car at the end of the work day and find one of his tires flat. When he changes the tire he'll notice that there is a nail stuck in it. Technically, the nail has punctured the tire, but we rarely describe a flat tire as a "puncture" in AmE.

    And, as Dave mentioned, if a vandal purposely flattens your tires, we say that they have been "slashed."

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