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    cushy job/ cushy wound/ cushy upbringing

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    He got a cushy job in a large company.
    cushy = not requiring strong efforts; easy

    The Major knew that in battle the slightly wounded would far outnumber other casualties—which we know now is true enough. "A nice cushy wound is a free ticket to the hospital."

    'Just a "cushy" wound, that will bring him home on a three months' leave, and give her the bore of nursing him.' '
    cushy wound = graze

    Yes, it was a cushy upbringing, but I appreciated it, every bit of it.
    cushy upbringing = education in luxury

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: cushy job/ cushy wound/ cushy upbringing

    Yes, your explanations are correct, but I would amplify the "cushy job" example a bit....usually when one has a "cushy job" it is not only very easy work (if any work is actually required), but it also pays well and has very good fringe benefits.

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    Re: cushy job/ cushy wound/ cushy upbringing

    I'd say a 'cushy wound' wouldn't have to be a graze, and indeed is unlikely to be that as a graze might not require hospitalisation. It would be some sort of injury that was not life-threatening and wouldn't result in a permanent disability, but would get the person time away from the battlefield, so I imagine that it could be something like a broken leg, giving the person a few weeks' sitting around in a plaster rather than being shot at.

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