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    It's a long time that Iran has been under international sanctions. But some believe an Iran under sanctions is more dangerous. They say Iran can move faster in the shade of sanctions.Is the last sentence natural? I mean " in the shade of sanctions".
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    Re: in the shade

    Yes, if the sanctions are providing a "cover" which prevents people from seeing what Iran is doing.

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    Re: in the shade

    No, it's not secret. Let me give you another example. I'm wondering if it can have a literary meaning.People can be healthier in the shade of doing exercise.A society can be happier in the shade of respecting each other.

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    Re: in the shade

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    People can be healthier in the shade of doing exercise.A society can be happier in the shade of respecting each other.
    Those two sentences mean nothing to me.

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    Re: in the shade

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    No, it's not secret. Let me give you another example. I'm wondering if it can have a literary meaning.People can be healthier in the shade of doing exercise.A society can be happier in the shade of respecting each other.
    The sanctions are not secret, but they are an alternative to having inspectors from the UN. So Iran can continue doing secret things because there are no inspectors. They operate in the dark. It is not the sanctions themselves which provide the shade, so it's a poor phrase. But the meaning comes through.

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    Re: in the shade

    .... maybe, with a lot of coaxing It's - at best - unusual to use 'in the shade of' in that way.

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