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    #1

    no earthly business

    From《THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION》:
    At the base of that wall, you'll find a rock that has no earthly business in Maine hayfield.
    What does "no earthly business " mean?
    thanks!

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    Re: no earthly business

    It doesn't belong there.

    "There's no way on earth" is an emphatic way to say "no!"
    "You've got no business being here" means "You should not be here."

    This phrase combines these two ideas.

    You're almost at the end of the movie. I hope you've enjoyed it.
    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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    Re: no earthly business

    Neatly unpacked!

    b

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