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    in disguise = concealed

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following excerpt from an English text?

    It’s gotten to the point where friends of mine are beginning to hold back, scared something “offensive” might slip out of their imperfect mouths. And when that happens, it’s Big Brother in disguise, cloaking himself in a false facade of righteousness and pretentious morality.

    in disguise = concealed

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: in disguise = concealed

    It has a slightly different meaning here.

    First, though, do you understand the reference to Big Brother?

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    Re: in disguise = concealed

    Hi David L,

    Thank you for your vectoring post.

    You: It has a slightly different meaning here.

    First, though, do you understand the reference to Big Brother?

    I: There is no doubt about that.

    in disguise = disguised, dressed up as

    Big Brother = pretend to be the embodiment of state power. Although he was pictured almost everywhere and said to be always watching the people, he roused them to action, by virtue of his secret (concealed) influence at work in general as well as on account of the stiffing latent fear which came over the common people.

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    Last edited by vil; 15-Apr-2009 at 15:13.

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    Re: in disguise = concealed

    Crikey - keep this up and I'll be the one needing to run to a dictionary: I love your novel use of 'vectoring'.

    This puts me on my mettle, to come up with a good response. Give my neurons a few moments, please.

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