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    NASA has been watching the 6-ton (5.4-metric ton) satellite closely. On Friday officials moved up their prediction for its arrival to Sept. 23, give or take a day.
    (From NASA: Satellite pieces to hit Earth in a week - Yahoo! News)



    Does Sept. 23, give or take a day mean September 23, or a day before/after that day?

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    Default Re: give or take a day

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    Does Sept. 23, give or take a day mean September 23, or a day before/after that day?
    It means 'within a day either way of 23 September' - i.e., 22, 23 or 24 September.

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    Default Re: give or take a day

    , 5JJ.


    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    He ran a mile, give or take a few yards.
    It'd be okay to say "give or take a few yards either way" instead, wouldn't it?

    The movie lasted three hours, give or take a few minutes either way.
    It'd be okay to say "give or take a few minutes" instead, wouldn't it?

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    Default Re: give or take a day

    To me it's redundant to say bot "give or take" and "either way". Giving and taking tells you that the figure given may be modified slightly "either way."

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