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    concede/work up/turn to

    Dear teachers,

    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 wished you to concede to America, at a time when she prayed concession at our feet.
    concede = to yield or make concession
    The former president conceded the election to the opposing party.
    The defeated nation conceded some of their land to the enemy.
    concede = lose
    I concede that I might have been wrong.
    concede = suppose, think, assume
    The candidate refused to concede defeat.
    The athlete conceded when he saw that he had lost.
    He conceded ten points to his opponent.
    concede = acknowledge
    The children sometimes work up to 16 hours a day to get some money together.
    work up = increase one's skill, status, or responsibility through effort
    The sun, that rolls his chariot o'er their heads, works up more fire and color in their cheeks.
    work up = to raise; to excite; to stir up
    To make over or into something else, as yarns drawn from old rigging, made into spun yarn, foxes, sennit, and the like; also, to keep constantly at work upon needless matters, as a crew in order to punish them.
    work up = to expend in any work, as materials
    Some turn to crime on their own. Others are forced by organized rings to turn to crime.
    turn to = begin work, apply oneself to

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: concede/work up/turn to

    at a time when she prayed concession at our feet.
    I don't get this.

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    Re: concede/work up/turn to

    Hi Tdol,

    Here are a few words concerning the expression in question:

    at a time when she prayed concession at our feet.

    she = America (USA)

    concession = a grant of a tract of land made by a government or other controlling authority in return for stipulated services or a promise that the land will be used for a specific purpose

    at our feet = submissively, humbly, meekly

    By the way the expression in question is derived from the famous Edmund Burke.

    The Project Gutenberg eBook of Burke's Writings and Speeches, Volume the Second, by Edmund Burke.

    Regards,

    V.

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