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    Default taking wings unto itself

    The normal dictionary expression for "taking wings unto itself" is "take to itself wings" meaning "your money disappears suddenly", but does it mean the same thing here? Did he go on bankrupt? He said to get along with Washington people, he needs money, that's why seems to be working in the West.
    What is this "opening"?


    Hearts and Hands by O. Henry
    "My dear Miss Fairchild," said Easton, calmly, "I had to do something. Money has a way of taking wings unto itself, and you know it takes money to keep step with our crowd in Washington. I saw this opening in the West, and--well, a marshalship isn't quite as high a position as that of ambassador, but--"

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    Lightbulb Re: taking wings unto itself

    I'm interested to see the answer here, I think it's a literary meaning for the expression "take wing".

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    Default Re: taking wings unto itself

    Who wants to give me the exact answer?

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    Default Re: taking wings unto itself

    He had to spend money on certain things to keep up with the crowd in Washington. This seems to be what he means, that the money was being spent without him being in control of much of the decisions. They were obligations.

    An opening is a job that became available.

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