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    tucker/tentative/top-line

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to review my guesswork concerning the interpretation of three words which focused my attention when reading Frank Hardy’s “The Returned Soldier”?

    “Yet she was right; I must find work. To pay the bills, the rent especially, to get some good tucker and clothes; to get the sewing machine back”

    “Outside, he stood as though undecided in which direction to turn, then crossed the road and walked down the opposite footpath with tentative strides.”

    ”But you have no sign outside. You must need a good man. Tope-line tradesman. Good references.”

    1. tucker (n) = one that tucks, especially an attachment on a sewing machine for making tucks

    tuck (v) = to store in a safe spot; save: tuck away a bit of lace; tuck away millions

    phrasal verb “tuck away / into” = to consume (food) heartily

    You may draw a conclusion: tucker = food so “for tucker and clothes” = for food and clothes; for back and belly

    2. tentative (a) = uncertain; hesitant

    with tentative strides = hesitantly, undecided

    3. top-line = first-rate

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Re: tucker/tentative/top-line

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to review my guesswork concerning the interpretation of three words which focused my attention when reading Frank Hardy’s “The Returned Soldier”?

    “Yet she was right; I must find work. To pay the bills, the rent especially, to get some good tucker and clothes; to get the sewing machine back”

    “Outside, he stood as though undecided in which direction to turn, then crossed the road and walked down the opposite footpath with tentative strides.”

    ”But you have no sign outside. You must need a good man. Tope-line tradesman. Good references.”

    1. tucker (n) = one that tucks, especially an attachment on a sewing machine for making tucks

    tuck (v) = to store in a safe spot; save: tuck away a bit of lace; tuck away millions

    phrasal verb “tuck away / into” = to consume (food) heartily

    You may draw a conclusion: tucker = food so “for tucker and clothes” = for food and clothes; for back and belly

    2. tentative (a) = uncertain; hesitant

    with tentative strides = hesitantly, undecided

    3. top-line = first-rate

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards

    V.
    2. Yes
    3. Yes
    1. Yes, tucker is food. It's an Australian term. (Frank Hardy was Australian).

    Your questions are easy to answer, vil. It would be great if other posters had a go first, before asking their questions!

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