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    Default Mark Twain--Roughing it--hunt grass

    Hi,
    It's me again, and I am still stuck with "Buck Fanshaw's Funeral"

    What would the following sentence mean?

    "When you get in with your left I hunt grass every time. Every time you draw, you fill; but I don't seem to have any luck. Lets have a new deal."


    I am sure it has to do with Card Games.
    You can find the story here

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    Default Re: Mark Twain--Roughing it--hunt grass

    I think that the speaker is trying to express his inability to understand the preacher, and wants a new deal, meaning to start again at the beginning.

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    Default Re: Mark Twain--Roughing it--hunt grass

    Thank you for the reply.

    What does "hunt the grass" signify?

    I think I got the general idea of the statement. It's the verbatim meaning that I am interested in.

    Yours

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    Default Re: Mark Twain--Roughing it--hunt grass

    It's not a phrase I am familiar with and there aren't many examples of it. There's one example on the web of a saying 'how smart do you have to be to hunt grass', but that doesn't fit here for me. I think it suggests catching grass rather than an animal, of failing in other words- in this case failing to comprehend.

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    Default Re: Mark Twain--Roughing it--hunt grass

    Thank you
    It makes some sense.
    I will go with it if I didn't find any other explanations.

    Yours

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