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    Hello

    He had accepted consultation payments from the workers and though he had told himself he would return the money but he didn't. Instead, he locked it out of his mind and made each decision in life with an eye toward thoroughly skewering the wrongheadedness of others.

    What does "with an eye toward thoroughly skewering the wrongheadedness of others" mean?

    From Marrian, skewer = to criticize but I still don't understand, pls help.

    One more question, what does it mean when you say "the grasp was alive with passion, with offense"?

    The context is a man who had never been touched by anybody was wrapped by someone around his chest. Then the grasp was alive with passion, with offense. What???

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    Default Re: thoroughly skewering

    Quote Originally Posted by beeja View Post
    Hello

    He had accepted consultation payments from the workers and though he had told himself he would return the money but he didn't. Instead, he locked it out of his mind and made each decision in life with an eye toward thoroughly skewering the wrongheadedness of others.

    What does "with an eye toward thoroughly skewering the wrongheadedness of others" mean? He was looking for other people's errors of thought or judgement in order to pin them down.

    From Merriam, skewer = to criticize but I still don't understand, pls help. Full meaning = to criticize or ridicule sharply and effectively. It means to pinpoint someone else's thoughts/errors and to make them ridiculous.

    One more question, what does it mean when you say "the grasp was alive with passion, with offense"?

    The context is a man who had never been touched by anybody was wrapped by someone around his chest. Then the grasp was alive with passion, with offense. What??? Not really enough context. However, it seems to say that the man was being embraced with passion by someone, and that to him this embrace is offensive - he didn't like it.

    Tks, beeja
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    Default Re: thoroughly skewering

    Note Anglika's first phrase 'pin them down'. The nouns 'pin' and 'skewer' are quite alike - a 'skewer' is a metal or wooden pointed stick used to hold food during cooking. So the verb 'skewer' refers to that sort of process (although, used figuratively, it doesn't refer to food preparation!)

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    Umm, I'm still confused what exactly the writer mean. That guy accepted the money from the workers and planed to return the money but he didn't. Finally he didn't talk about the money anymore (lock it out of his mind) while kept pinpointing the others? pinpoint for what? what is the wrongheadedness here supposed to be???

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    Not knowing who is being discussed and what it relates to, I am only guessing.

    It would seem to say that he had in his early career carried out some wrong-headed (stupid/bad/illegal) actions but has deliberately forgotten them, and that now he is always on the watch for other people doing something similar so that he can point out the error.

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