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    every important honor within their gift

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    6. : at the time under consideration : at the time referred to
    the people now proceeded to give him almost every important honor within their gift — E.M.Coulter
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    1)Does every refer to people, or to honor ?
    2)Does to give important honor within their gift mean "to give honor in such measure as the gift being given allows"?

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    Re: every important honor within their gift

    1. Every refers to honor.

    2. "Within their gift" means "within their power to bestow." So in the UK for example, the elevation of persons to knighthood or to the peerage is within the gift of the sovereign only; in other words only the queen can currently bestow such honours.
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    #3

    Re: every important honor within their gift

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    1. Every refers to honor.
    In this case the sentence seems a bit strange to me.
    Should I read it as: "the people proceeded to give him important honor, but there also were people who gave him not such important honor as most people did"? (or "there also was some honor, given by some people, that was not such important as the rest of the honor").

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    #4

    Re: every important honor within their gift

    Perhaps you are having trouble with the meaning of every.

    "Every important honour" means the same as "all the important honours".

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    #5

    Re: every important honor within their gift

    Another possible problem word is 'honour' - which doesn't refer here to 'being recognized as virtuous/honourable' in the sense that one can speak of 'a family's honour' (meaning its good reputation. 'The honours mentioned are positions or reasons for wielding influence.

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    Re: every important honor within their gift

    This use of "gift" must be BrE only. I've never heard this.

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    Re: every important honor within their gift

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    This use of "gift" must be BrE only. I've never heard this.
    'In my gift' is an easy one! You ain't heard nothin' yet. What about 'in my bailiwick'?

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    #8

    Re: every important honor within their gift

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    This use of "gift" must be BrE only. I've never heard this.
    It seems so. There are only four relevant citations in COCA, and 22 in the (much smaller) BNC.

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    Re: every important honor within their gift

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'In my gift' is an easy one! You ain't heard nothin' yet. What about 'in my bailiwick'?

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    Now, that one I have heard. And used.

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    Re: every important honor within their gift

    Thanks all.
    No, I'm afraid the problem is neither "every" nor "honour", but "almost". That's what I meant when posted #3. I still don't understand what the author meant by this word.

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