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    hangover

    Hi, please help mi with the following:

    "With a throbbing head and the foul stench of rotting dead rats working his mouth, like a presidential candidate working a room on a campaign trail, he took in his surroundings."

    Thanks.


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    Re: hangover

    Seems like a good description of a bad hangover.

    What is your problem with it?

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    Re: hangover

    I guess he does not understand "working his mouth, like a presidential candidate working a room on a campaign trail".

    rotting dead rats working his mouth describes the foul stench of his mouth
    like a presidential candidate working a room on a campaign trail
    is a comparison to the working

    Example:
    I'm as sleepy as a man who hasn't slept 3 days a row.

    The a man who hasn't slept 3 days a row. only illustrates how sleepy I am.
    You must think the same way with your example.

    Cheers!

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    Re: hangover

    Yes, it's comparision, I'm aware of that ok, but what's the meaning of WORKING A ROOM ON A CAMPAIGN TRAIL? Also: WORKING HIS MOUTH? By the way, the comparision sounds to me like a rather poor author's style (Cecilia Ahern).


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    Re: hangover

    A politican working a room is making it his business to speak to everyone in that room so that they will have a good memory of him and be willing to vote for him. It is a recognised collocation in this context.

    The comparison is that the dead rat smell is permeating his mouth like the politician permeates the room.

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