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    Don't dump a puzzle on the floor unless you have the time to put it together.

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    What does it mean? Please explain.
    2. Is it common usage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Don't dump a puzzle on the floor unless you have the time to put it together.

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    What does it mean? Please explain.
    2. Is it common usage?

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    It's clear enough, but lacks reference to what the item is. This might be causing your confusion.

    "Don't dump a jigsaw puzzle on the floor unless you have the time to put it together."

    The usage is common enough. It means that if you dump the puzzle on the floor, and don't put it together, you will have little pieces of jigsaw puzzle all over the place.

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    Hi RM.

    Are there any deeper meanings not shown?

    Thanks for the reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Don't dump a puzzle on the floor unless you have the time to put it together.

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    What does it mean? Please explain.
    2. Is it common usage?

    Thanks

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    It is not a usage I have come across but it could mean "Don't start something (especially something that makes a mess) if you don't have the time to finish it."

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