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    Red face Article excerpts from newspaper

    Dear all,

    Following are some article excerpts from a newspaper:


    1) "A middle-aged, gum-chewing waitress finally arrived and slapped down 3 plates or rice. She cracked her gum and went back to work."

    • gum-chewing : Is it a proper expression of someone is chewing gum or it implies something?
    • cracked her gum : What does it mean?

    2) "I always told you, facts first & theories second. Don't you remember?"

    • fact first, theories second : Is it a proper / common expresson?

    3) "She said she is bound to win the game" : What does it mean?



    Many thanks/ Ju

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    Default Re: Article excerpts from newspaper

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    1-- Chewing gum is overly casual for service staff. Cracking one's gum is even more rude: it means trying to blow a bubble in non-bubble gum-- and all you get is a little sharp 'crack!' or 'pop!' noise.

    2-- Facts first, theories second. Honestly, I have never heard it, but just as honestly, it sounds like a saying many might say. Ms Google only gives me a couple of hits on the phrase.

    3-- Be bound to win = be sure/confident of winning.
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