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Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
I wouldn't be surprised to see a living mammoth in the very near future, although a lot depends on the funding, of course,” he said.
funding = financial resources provided to make some project possible
Researchers also think the mammoth meat should have an excellent taste, as prehistoric people took pains to hunt the dangerous animals instead of opting for easier prey.
take pains = make a special effort or take extra trouble to do something
Dynamo Moscow got off to a perfect start in their first Champions League campaign, scoring an early goal and shutting out Celtic to win 1-0 in Glasgow, RIA Novosti reports.
get off = start
shut out = exclude, deny entry to, block
In the closing minutes, substitute Georgios Samaras had a gilt-edged chance to lift Celtic spirits for the second leg, but sent his far-post header straight into the arms of Dynamo's outstanding goalkeeper, Vladimir Gabulov.
Government saving bonds are considered by many to be a gilt-edged investment.
He gave me a gilt-edged tip.
gilt-edged = of the highest quality or value
Now scientists have taken GDV photographs of a person as he was dying. In the photos, it could be seen that the area of the belly lost its life force (the purported soul) first, followed by the head. The heart and groin were the last to lose their life force, in that order.
life force = the vital principle or animating force within living beings
purport = have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming
With a look so piteous in purport as if he had been loosed out of hell.
purport = to convey, imply, or profess; to have an appearance or effect
For she her sex under that strange purport did use to hide.
purport = disguise; covering
I tried to give the general purport of what was actually said.
purport = the pervading meaning or tenor; purpose; main point; essence
I've read a book that purports to be an objective analysis.
Here is a book that purports to express public opinion.
purport = claim
Here is a letter purporting to be written by you.
This letter purports to be written by you.
Thank you for your efforts.