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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?
Her blueblack hair, smoothly divided in the middle and bound close to her head, and her large eyes full of the Latin melancholy, gave her the Madona touch.
gave her the Madona touch = made her look like Madona
While the sunny-haired ornithologist was pursuing his studies the Cisco Kid was also attending to his professional duties.
the sunny-haired ornithologist = the red-haired ornithologist
“I’ll get him easy enough”, said the lieutenant. “The girl’s got him trapped. And don’t even think he’ll get the drop on me.”
To get the drop on somebody = to take somebody unawares by pointing a gun at a person
Not bad for a girl" the coach said, offering a backhanded compliment.
backhanded compliment = a remark that sounds like a compliment but is said sarcastically.
It is much more difficult to volley a high lob backhanded than forehanded.
backhanded = (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke
forehanded = (of racket strokes) made with palm facing direction of stroke
He hit him backhand across the face.
He cut down the running man with a powerful backhand.
backhand (a) = with the back of the hand
There was a quick turn of the figure, but no movement to obey, so th ranger pumped in the bullets-one-two, three-and then, twice more.
pump in = load
But I would like to place myself on record as asserting that I do not care for his company.
to place myself on record = to let it be known; an expression used at conferences or sessions which means “want my words to be recorded”
I have been on the dodge for a month.
to be on the dodge = go into hiding; make default
He has a good dodge for remembering dates.
dodge = method
He's up to all the dodges.
There is a dodge for catching birds.
dodge = snare
He dodged military service.
dodge = shirk, evade
He dodged behind /round/ a tree.
dodge = conceal, screen
Thank you for your efforts.
Last edited by sarat_106; 18-Oct-2009 at 15:36.