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    #1

    telling a toddler about Christmas.

    She raised her eyebrows and nodded like she was telling a toddler about Christmas.
    what is the meaning of this sentence?

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    #2

    Re: telling a toddler about Christmas.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    She raised her eyebrows and nodded like she was telling a toddler about Christmas.
    what is the meaning of this sentence?
    It's impossible to tell from what you've given.
    This most likely refers to Santa Claus - a fat man in a red dress who visits during Christmas Eve and leaves presents for children.
    The connotation of the phrase depends on whether she is telling the toddler the truth about Christmas, or the fantasy, or indeed the religious story (but this is less likely).

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    Re: telling a toddler about Christmas.

    You mean, adults trick little kids with Canta Claus stories. But in this scene, when she talking to her friend (about some matter), she was serious as if telling the truth about Santa Claus to a kid?

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    Re: telling a toddler about Christmas.

    The main case is how she was serious?

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    Re: telling a toddler about Christmas.

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    The main case is how she was serious?
    That is the question I cannot answer, and that is my point.
    You can raise your eyebrows and nod in excitement as you tell a toddler how Santa is going to brings her presents; or you could raise your eyebrows and nod as you tell the child the truth that there is no Santa.
    So, it's a bad simile/metaphor. It does not explain anything. It's bad piece of writing.
    "like she was telling a toddler about Christmas" is not a good description - unless the clue lies elsewhere in the passage, either before or after this.

    It's most probable that she is being excited and happy for the child; but that's just a guess based on the fact that toddlers are a bit young to understand the truth about no Santa, but they are old enough to understand about getting presents.

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    Re: telling a toddler about Christmas.

    I think it means that there are two women who are gossiping about a third. She raises her eyebrows "Like she was telling a toddler about Christmas" indicates that she knows this is a tittilating bit of news about the third person.................. "You can't imagine how she behaved after having that last glass of wine!"

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: telling a toddler about Christmas.

    Here is the context:


    "On Friday Belinda called across the corridor to me. As
    I walked closer, she lifted a hand for me to slap in a high
    fi ve.
    ‘Guess what I was just doing?’ she gushed.
    ‘Ah . . .’ I let my eyes scan her sports uniform and bright
    cheeks. ‘PE maybe?’
    ‘Yep! But guess
    what . . .’ She raised her eyebrows and
    nodded like she was telling a toddler about Christmas. ‘I was
    talking to Miss Paynter about the Zone Finals coming up.’
    She paused as if waiting for me to join the game.
    ‘And?’ I asked obediently.

    ‘She said you could swim!’"


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    Re: telling a toddler about Christmas.

    It seems to mean that she is telling someone something that is simple and obvious and does not need explanation. It need have nothing to do with legends or traditions, but with the way in which you explain something to a small child.

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    #9

    Re: telling a toddler about Christmas.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    Here is the context:


    "On Friday Belinda called across the corridor to me. As
    I walked closer, she lifted a hand for me to slap in a high
    fi ve.
    ‘Guess what I was just doing?’ she gushed.
    ‘Ah . . .’ I let my eyes scan her sports uniform and bright
    cheeks. ‘PE maybe?’
    ‘Yep! But guess
    what . . .’ She raised her eyebrows and
    nodded like she was telling a toddler about Christmas. ‘I was
    talking to Miss Paynter about the Zone Finals coming up.’
    She paused as if waiting for me to join the game.
    ‘And?’ I asked obediently.

    ‘She said you could swim!’"
    From this, it seems that Belinda was excited about telling her friend the good news that she could swim in the finals - which her friend would be thrilled about. It's like telling a toddler that Santa is coming, in that the metaphorical adult is more excited about it than the toddler is.
    But it's still a bad simile. "... like telling a toddler about Santa Claus coming" would be more descriptive and understandable.

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    #10

    Re: telling a toddler about Christmas.

    Thank you very much Raymott

    And could you tell me what is the meaning of "Zone Finals" in this passage?
    Area/Region/State Finals or something else?

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