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    coax/on the hillside/hotdogs/vagary/midwife/quicksand/darkroom

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    When Potiphare’s wife saw that she was alone with Joseph, she caught hold of his cloak and tried to coax him to come to her.
    coax = talk someone into doing something; wheedle someone into doing something
    She tried to coax me, but I said we had to part.
    She coaxed the child to take the medicine.
    We have to coax her out of his money.
    He held out by turns coaxes and threats.
    by turns = alternately, one after another
    coax (n) = conviction
    threat = menace

    We have to coax a fire to burn.
    We have to coax a fire into burning.
    He was coaxed into coming here.
    She coaxed me into going.

    They all liked to eat the fresh green grass on the hillside.
    hillside = the side or slope of a hill, situated between the foot and the summit.

    But when we take the time to explore the paradox and vagaries of English, we find that hot dogs can be cold, darkrooms can be lit, homework can be done in school, nightmares can take place in broad daylight while morning sickness and daydreaming can take place at night, midwives can be men, hours – especially happy hours and rush hours-can last longer than sixty minutes, quicksand works very slowly, boxing rings are square, silverware can be made pf plastic and tablecloths of paper, most telephones are dialed by being pinched (or pushed), and most bathroom don’t have any baths in them. In fact, a dog can go to the bathroom under a tree-no bath, no room; it’s still going to the bathroom.

    paradox = a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true
    vagary = an extravagant or erratic notion or action
    hot dog = a frankfurter, especially one served hot in a long soft roll
    darkroom = a room in which photographic materials are processed, either in complete darkness or with a safelight.
    nightmare = a dream arousing feelings of intense fear, horror, and distress
    morning sickness = nausea and vomiting upon rising in the morning, especially during early pregnancy
    daydreaming = the condition of being so lost in solitary thought as to be unaware of one's surroundings
    midwife = maternity nurse
    quicksand = quicksand is a mixture of sand and water, or sand and air, that looks solid, but becomes unstable when disturbed by any additional stres ("quick" does not mean "fast," but "living")
    silverware = metal eating and serving utensils
    pinch (v) = press
    push (v) = to apply pressure against for the purpose of moving
    bathroom = a room containing a sink and toilet
    go to the bathroom Informal. to defecate or urinate.

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: coax/on the hillside/hotdogs/vagary/midwife/quicksand/darkroom

    She tried to coax me, but I said we had to part.- this sounds odd without saying what she was trying to coax into doing, even with the verb 'part', but if it came after a mention in the previous sentence, it would be OK.


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