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    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
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    Default 'proverbial right arm'

    You are both excellent users of the English language. Believe me, many native speakers would give their proverbial right arm to have the command of English that you both possess.

    What does 'proverbial right arm' mean?

    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: 'proverbial right arm'

    Your strong right arm = support.

    As the majority of the human race is right handed, the right arm is regarded as the important one. So to give up your right arm for something indicates you are prepared to give up a most valuable item in return for something you want even more.

    The use in the passage you give is hyperbolic.

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    Default Re: 'proverbial right arm'

    Many thanks, Anglika.

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