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    bronze lining.

    What does this "lining" mean? The translation goes "bronze medal", but doesn't "lining" mean "inner layer of something"?

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    ex)When Shannon Baker won bronze in women's ski competitions, she hugged first-place winner Hannah Kerney so tightly that she almost knocked her over. Under the cloud cover of Cypress Mountain, Ms.Baker was seeing the bronze lining. By contrast, Canadian skier Jennifer Heil looked discouraged after taking silver...

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    Re: bronze lining.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What does this "lining" mean? The translation goes "bronze medal", but doesn't "lining" mean "inner layer of something"?
    Yes, it does.

    See if this helps.

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    Re: bronze lining.

    I'm sorry, but did you mean "bronze medal" or "inner layer"?

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    Re: bronze lining.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I'm sorry, but did you mean "bronze medal" or "inner layer"?
    He meant that the author of the article was making a word-play with "bronze medal" and "silver lining" in the idiom. That is, she won the bronze medal, which means she could be two steps higher in the podium, but she was happy nonetheless (probably because the medal was unexpected). In contrast, the winner of the silver medal was not so happy, because she had expected the gold one.

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    Last edited by charliedeut; 13-Sep-2012 at 11:20.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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