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    "Become a gusher"

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    What is the meaning of "became a gusher"? Become an annoyance or something similar? I didn't find this idiom listed in any online idiom sites, even on Using English.com.
    Last edited by MattiN; 31-Jan-2011 at 12:26. Reason: Forgot this information.

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    Re: "Become a gusher"

    Hi MattiN.
    It could be someone who "became a real gusher after a few drinks".
    This means someone who talks in an overly enthusiastic or effusive manner. Perhaps loudly praising everything and everyone. And so, yes, it could become annoying.

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    Re: "Become a gusher"

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    Hi MattiN.
    It could be someone who "became a real gusher after a few drinks".
    Is that "a" really needed?

    <Not a teacher>

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    Re: "Become a gusher"

    It could be someone who "became a real gusher after a few drinks". Is that "a" really needed?

    Hi anishjp.
    It's used in the same sense as, "I'm going to the bar to have a few drinks".
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    "She became very happy after a few good jokes".

    One of the grammar experts might give you a better technical explanation.

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    not a teacher

    I have never heard this used as an idiom.

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    Re: "Become a gusher"

    Quote Originally Posted by anishjp View Post
    Is that "a" really needed?
    Yes the 'a' is needed. 'A few' here means 3 or 4. Or more, depending on your capacity.

    An oil well can be a 'gusher' if it is very productive. ie: there is so much oil and it's under such pressure that it gushes (comes out with great force) from the ground. So you might have had a disappointing day drilling on your site, with no oil found. Then you drilled down another metre and suddenly your well became a gusher.

    This expression is informal.

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