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    with the strength of a Dyson

    Please, help me with the following sentence:


    On discovering there was absolutely no possibility for Lou to cancel or rearrange the conference call, a seemingly genuinely disappointed Alfred had given Lou his best puppy eyes and gone into damage-limitation mode, sucking up any hint of involvement in the cock-up with all the strength of a Dyson, and worked on the best methods to approach the deal.

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: with the strength of a Dyson

    A Dyson is a brand of vacuum cleaner, known for sucking very strongly (it has all sorts of patents for new technology). See http://www.knewlove.com/blog/wp-cont...son%20ball.jpg

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    Re: with the strength of a Dyson

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    A Dyson is a brand of vacuum cleaner, known for sucking very strongly (it has all sorts of patents for new technology). See http://www.knewlove.com/blog/wp-cont...son%20ball.jpg

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    Well, I know what Dyson is, but I don't understand the highlighted sentence. Did Alfred suppress his wish to show triumph or something like that?

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    Re: with the strength of a Dyson

    Sucking up any hint of his involvement = hiding the fact that he was part of it. He "cleaned up"."
    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: with the strength of a Dyson

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Sucking up any hint of his involvement = hiding the fact that he was part of it. He "cleaned up"."
    O, yes, now it seems clear. But, what's cock-up?

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    Re: with the strength of a Dyson

    It's a British expression, and as I understand it, it's a situation that has gone very wrong. Someone made big mistakes.

    We'd say "screw up" on our side of the Atlantic.
    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: with the strength of a Dyson

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's a British expression, and as I understand it, it's a situation that has gone very wrong. Someone made big mistakes.

    We'd say "screw up" on our side of the Atlantic.
    Or "mess up".

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    Re: with the strength of a Dyson

    Wouldn't 'cock-up' be obscene?

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    Re: with the strength of a Dyson

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    Wouldn't 'cock-up' be obscene?
    Not particularly no, a bit vulgar perhaps. There is also "balls-up" which is possibly even more vulgar. It all depends on perception.

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    #10

    Re: with the strength of a Dyson

    Does "balls-up" mean something that has gone wrong?


    I think I've hear it mean "dead" -- as in, he was lying balls up.

    In the Navy, we did refer to Tango Uniform, which was for the letters TU, or "tits up" -- but only for inanimate objects. Oh no! The photocopies is Tango Uniform. (dead). But then, we were vulgar in the Navy :)
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