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  1. yuriya's Avatar
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    Smile at that

    "You are thinking there might be something small about to happen, that's going to start a chain reaction . . . and we have a shot at stopping it?" I asked.
    "Maybe."
    "You are dreaming!" I shouted.
    "I might be, at that. But I know we're here for a reason."
    What is the meaning of at that here?
    at that: 1) in addition 2)nevertheless 3)as it is
    Nothing seems to fit. Any ideas?

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    Re: at that

    '...now you mention it'. It's a way of referring to a possibility that you've only just considered.

    (That's not a very satisfactory explanation - short words are the hardest! It's the best I can do though - I look forward to other glosses...)

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    #3

    Unhappy Re: at that

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    '...now you mention it'. It's a way of referring to a possibility that you've only just considered.

    (That's not a very satisfactory explanation - short words are the hardest! It's the best I can do though - I look forward to other glosses...)

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    Maybe it's one of those things hard to get the meaning across to those who don't get it. Any other mind-breaking elaboration on this?

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    Re: at that

    Quote Originally Posted by yuriya View Post
    Maybe it's one of those things hard to get the meaning across to those who don't get it. Any other mind-breaking elaboration on this?
    It's very informal. Another expression is about that.
    -Did you do your homework?
    -Oh, yea, about that, well...

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