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    Smile I was in for another telling-off.

    "Indie! Can I have a quick word please?" Miss Levy(Indie's teacher) asked.

    Drat, I was in for another telling-off.

    "Yes, Miss Levy?" I blinked, feeling myself go pink.



    Is it suitable to rephrase the line in bold as the following:

    Drat, I was in (the situation, condition) for another telling-off? If not, what other way would you say that?

    Second, I seldom heard Americans say "Drat." Was it commonly used by English only?

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    Re: I was in for another telling-off.

    I was in line for another telling off would be better.

    "Drat" is rarely heard now - it is very old, ORIGIN shortening of od rat, a euphemism for God rot.


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    Smile Re: I was in for another telling-off.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I was in line for another telling off would be better.

    "Drat" is rarely heard now - it is very old, ORIGIN shortening of od rat, a euphemism for God rot.
    Yes, I concur with you that I was in line for another telling off works better.
    Thanks for the enlightenment, Anglika.

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    Re: I was in for another telling-off.

    Also 'dratted' - must be a back-formation though, as 'drat' means 'God rot.

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