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    wooing parties

    Like Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee too has tried his hand at wooing parties into backing Shekhawat.

    I think, wooing = persuading.

    Am I right?

    So I think, the sentence is Atal Behari Vajpayee too has tried his hand at persuading other parties into backing Shekhawat.

    Am I right?

    Please help me.


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    Re: wooing parties

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Like Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee too has tried his hand at wooing parties into backing Shekhawat.

    I think, wooing = persuading.

    Am I right?

    So I think, the sentence is Atal Behari Vajpayee too has tried his hand at persuading other parties into backing Shekhawat.

    Am I right?

    Please help me.
    Right!


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    Re: wooing parties

    Woo has the very strong connotation of a man seeking a woman's hand. There is an old folksong called "Froggie would a-wooing go," (also known as "Frog went A-Courting"). To me the use of this word in a political context is almost metaphorical.

    Not to say that "persuading" isn't a very good choice; in fact, it's more accurate.

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    Re: wooing parties

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    Woo has the very strong connotation of a man seeking a woman's hand. ... To me the use of this word in a political context is almost metaphorical.

    ...
    Other political/marriage metaphors:

    Get into bed with [=form a political alliance: example - Why is Mr Blair prepared to get into bed with 'anal Annie'? Spectator, The - Find Articles ]

    strange bedfellows [=unlikely political allies: example - ]! * POLITICS * ! Photo Album - tribe.net

    honeymoon period [=period of a few weeks/months after a popular election victory, during which the winner can 'do no wrong': example - FT.com / World - Beginning of the end for Iranian president's honeymoon period

    These metaphors have other, non-political uses; but politics often attracts metaphors of this kind.

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    Re: wooing parties

    "...politics often attracts metaphors of this kind."


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