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    He was every cliche of a travelling salesman

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    Speaking about his step-father, the author said this

    He sold food to grocery stores and he was every cliche of a travelling salesman, but he brought home a second paycheck and helped with the bills.


    What is the meaning of "
    he was every cliche of a travelling salesman" in this sentence?

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    Re: He was every cliche of a travelling salesman

    Quote Originally Posted by Man_From_India View Post
    Taken from Lance Armsrong's It's not about bike: my journey back to life -
    Speaking about his step-father, the author said this



    What is the meaning of "
    he was every cliche of a travelling salesman" in this sentence?
    Traveling salesmen are said to: drink too much, have affairs with many women, be loud, wear colorful clothing, tell many jokes, be aggressive, and so on. Armstrong is saying that his step-father had all of these characteristics.

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    Re: He was every cliche of a travelling salesman

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Traveling salesmen are said to: drink too much, have affairs with many women, be loud, wear colorful clothing, tell many jokes, be aggressive, and so on. Armstrong is saying that his step-father had all of these characteristics.
    So the construction is like this:
    "be a cliche of a something (noun)"

    What will I make out of other nouns without "travelling salesman", when I encounter such kind of sentences?

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    Re: He was every cliche of a travelling salesman

    Quote Originally Posted by Man_From_India View Post
    So the construction is like this:
    "be a cliche of a something (noun)"

    What will I make out of other nouns without "travelling salesman", when I encounter such kind of sentences?
    Almost any type of person will work here. He was every cliche of a: sailor, logger, businessman, general, alcoholic, used car salesman. If you understand what a cliche is, and, if there are cliches about certain types of people, then, this structure can be used.

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    Re: He was every cliche of a travelling salesman

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    If you understand what a cliche is, and, if there are cliches about certain types of people, then, this structure can be used.
    Didn't get you here. Really don;t know about "cliche". Can you please explain a bit more?

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    Re: He was every cliche of a travelling salesman

    Have you looked up the word in a dictionary? What part of the definition is causing problems? Do you know the word "archtype"? It's similar.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: He was every cliche of a travelling salesman

    Well, I think I got the meaning. But still have some question need to be clarified.

    So the following sentence is also fine -
    "I have every cliche of falling for older women"

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