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    Hello teachers
    I have two questions. What is the meaning of words underlined bellow.? Is it Idiom?

    I wept, I pleaded, I fell on my knees and begged him. All he did was box my ears and order me out of the house.

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by jebonfikri View Post
    Hello teachers
    I have two questions. What is the meaning of words underlined bellow.? 'Bellowing' is what a bull does. The stress changes too; below - /bɪ'ləʊ/, bellow - /'beləʊ/. Is it an Idiom? Yes, but an archaic one. I haven't heard it used - except in a jocular context - since my childhood. I'm not sure if the 'boxer' forms a fist, as a boxer would. And s/he hits the ears in a not over-vigourous way (stern, but loving). 'Ears' are the only possible object of this sort of 'box', in my experience. You couldn't, for example, 'box someone's elbow'.

    I wept, I pleaded, I fell on my knees and begged him. All he did was box my ears and order me out of the house.

    Thanks in advance
    b

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    Oh..sorry for my mistakes. Thank you for your explanation. I found it in the novel published in 1984. So this idiom cannot be use anymore in this era. Right?

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    Default Re: Box my ears

    Quote Originally Posted by jebonfikri View Post
    So this idiom cannot be use anymore in this era. Right?
    Wrong.

    There's nothing to stop you from using the idiom, but don't carry out the action or you could find yourself in deep spit.

    Rover

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