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    pls tell me the meaning

    tell me the meaning for following sentences

    How do you turn this puppy off?


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    Re: pls tell me the meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by sarathnirmala View Post
    tell me the meaning for following sentences

    How do you turn this puppy off?
    (assuming the puppy is a robot dog). it means "how can make it stop working"

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    Re: pls tell me the meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by sarathnirmala View Post
    tell me the meaning for following sentences

    How do you turn this puppy off?
    Assuming it's a real puppy, it means, "How do you stop this puppy from yapping and slobbering all over me and humping my leg?"

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    Re: pls tell me the meaning

    I guess it's uniquely American slang (based on your responses) for "this puppy" to mean "this thing/machine."

    How do you turn off this machine?

    As you view the photocopies spitting out 200 copies of the thing that needed only one copy: Help! How do you turn this puppy off?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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