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    interpretation of a few expressions

    Dear teachers,

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

    He buried himself in his work.

    I like to bury myself in books.

    And all their confidence under the weight of mountains buried deep.

    She buried her face in her hands.

    L like to bury my hands in my pockets.

    The dog buried the bone.

    bury = hide, conceal, to cover out of sight, either by heaping something over, or by placing within something, as earth, etc.; to conceal by covering; to hide;

    Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

    I'll bury thee in a triumphant grave.

    They have buried their all relatives.

    My elder sister buried her husband about six months ago.

    You wouldn't like to be buried alive.

    bury = to cover out of sight, as the body of a deceased person, in a grave, a tomb

    Give me a bowl of wine in this I bury all unkindness, Cassius.

    Usually, he likes to bury he truth under a mountain of words.

    bury = to hide in oblivion; to put away finally; to abandon; as, to bury strife

    Buried was the bloody hatchet.

    to bury the hatchet = bury the to make peace or become reconciled

    He was buried in thought.

    They were buried in memories of the past.

    bury = sink in oblivion

    We have to bury our differences.

    They were buried theirself in the country.

    bury oneself in = isolate oneself in

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
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    Re: interpretation of a few expressions

    Hi Vil

    There's quite a lot of items in your question, but here goes:

    He buried himself in his work.
    I like to bury myself in books.
    These are somewhat similar in meaning:
    to totally absorb one's self in the activity concerned, to the exclusion of anything else. Often used as a means of trying to exclude painful memories such as the death of a close relative.

    He was buried in thought.
    Similar to the previous 2, but excluding the final comment.

    And all their confidence under the weight of mountains buried deep.
    Not familiar with the context, but the meaning, to me, would be that:
    their level of confidence was very low as a result of the weight of all their problems.

    She buried her face in her hands.
    What one does when confronted by a sudden overwhelming problem, as in: "Oh dear! what on earth do I do now?"

    I like to bury my hands in my pockets.
    To bury your hands in your pocket means, to me, basically, to deliberately not get physically involved in helping someone to solve the problem.

    The dog buried the bone.
    bury = hide, conceal, to cover out of sight, either by heaping something over, or by placing within something, as earth, etc.; to conceal by covering; to hide;
    Dogs hide bones from other animals, to save them for a later date.

    Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
    Let me do what I must do: lay my father to rest in a grave.

    I'll bury thee in a triumphant grave.
    Not familiar with the context, but would suggest, to me, "I will ensure that you are held in high esteem and never forgotten"

    They have buried their all relatives.
    Not familiar with the context, but would suggest, to me, they have survived/outlasted all their relatives.

    My elder sister buried her husband about six months ago.
    He died and was buried 6 months ago.
    You wouldn't like to be buried alive.
    A common fear of a number of people.
    bury = to cover out of sight, as the body of a deceased person, in a grave, a tomb

    Give me a bowl of wine in this I bury all unkindness, Cassius.
    To forgive(possibly?) and forget all unkindnesses

    Usually, he likes to bury he truth under a mountain of words.
    bury = to conceal

    Buried was the bloody hatchet.
    Burying the hatchet means to forgive and forget past (often violent) disagreements. In the case of a "bloody hatchet" it suggests that blood was spilt during the previous disagreement (as in the case of tribal conflicts or civil wars)
    to bury the hatchet = bury the to make peace or become reconciled

    They were buried in memories of the past.
    bury = hidden and potentially not easily recovered in full.

    We have to bury our differences.
    Similar to burying the hachet, but without the more violent connections(didn't come to blows over it)

    They were buried theirself themselves in the country.
    bury oneself in = absorb oneself in (either physically or mentally)

    Hope this helps
    NT

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