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    set your teeth

    What is the following in red saying?

    One thing is certain: this book is practical. You can set your teeth in it.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    What is the following in red saying?

    One thing is certain: this book is practical. You can set your teeth in it.

    Thank you.
    It doesn't make any sense to me.

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    Re: set your teeth

    Maybe you leave the book on your nightstand and set your teeth in it overnight while you sleep.

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    Re: set your teeth

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****



    Hello, Unpakwon:



    I have found an explanation on the Web. If you have already read this article, I apologize for wasting your time.

    Please google:

    The meaning of "Set your teeth in it" Englishforums




    James
    Last edited by TheParser; 04-Dec-2012 at 14:53. Reason: misspelling

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    Re: set your teeth

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I have found an explanation on the Web.
    That site simply tells us that it's a botched expression.

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    Re: set your teeth

    Repeat, botched. Don't use the expression. The user had confused it with the expression 'cut your teeth' (which is what a baby does when its teeth are beginning to appear). If you can 'cut your teeth' on a book, it is a good basic primer.

    Some book reviews 'set my teeth' on edge

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    And if you can "sink your teeth" into the book, it is something you can really get involved with enthusiastically.

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    Hello, Unpakwon:

    As that website explained, the writer probably meant "sink your teeth into it."

    That is, the book was really "meaty." It had lots of meat. That is, lots of good practical advice that you could use.

    So you could sink your teeth into it, just as you sink your teeth into a delicious beef steak.



    James

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