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    sentence about swimming and surfing

    "Striking out strongly, he swam to the breaker line and body-surfed back in on a poor excuse for a wave."

    I know "breaker line" and I know "body-surf", but have no idea about the underlined part in the context. Is that saying the wave is so small that can't even be called a wave?

    Please help me out~~Thanks a lot.

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    Re: sentence about swimming and surfing

    Quote Originally Posted by iemmahu View Post
    "Striking out strongly, he swam to the breaker line and body-surfed back in on a poor excuse for a wave."

    I know "breaker line" and I know "body-surf", but have no idea about the underlined part in the context. Is that saying the wave is so small that can't even be called a wave?

    Please help me out~~Thanks a lot.
    That's exactly what it means. It is insignificant, unworthy etc.

    You can also use the phrase to show contempt for a person or his/her actions. If someone in your opinion has done something morally unacceptable, dishonest etc., you can say "You are a poor excuse for a human being."

    Or if someone has done something which is against the religion he/she claims to practice, you can say "You're a poor excuse for a Christian, a Bhuddist, a Muslim or whatever."

    I am not a teacher.

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