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    Pulls out a zinger

    I would appreciate if someone explains this sentence for me:


    "When you thought he was shifting gears – easing up on … and turning his attention to … – he pulls out a zinger".

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    Re: Pulls out a zinger

    Quote Originally Posted by motico View Post
    I would appreciate if someone explains this sentence for me:


    "When you thought he was shifting gears – easing up on … and turning his attention to … – he pulls out a zinger".
    I'd say you need an American to answer that. It means nothing to me.

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    Re: Pulls out a zinger

    A zinger is also a quick comment that is witty and a bit insulting, but more funny than mean. It's quite hard to understand in this context, though!
    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: Pulls out a zinger

    I omitted some parts in the sentence which might be politically "sensitive". I'll try to rephrase it in order to make it easier for you:


    "When you thought the president of nation A was shifting gears – easing up on nation B and turning his attention to the dangerous intentions of nation C – he pulls out a zinger".

    Personally, I know some people whose last name is: "Zinger…" (If I'm not mistaken the meaning of "zinger" in German is: "a singer", but I'm not sure about the spelling).

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    Re: Pulls out a zinger

    Did the president of nationa A announce new sanctions or make a particulary harsh comment about nation B?
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    Re: Pulls out a zinger

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Did the president of nationa A announce new sanctions or make a particulary harsh comment about nation B?
    The commentator's opinion is that the president of nation A is disproportionally pressuring nation B to make far-reaching concessions to a third party (not mentioned in the sentence) instead of imposing effective sanctions on nation C which poses the real danger to the region and to the world.

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    Re: Pulls out a zinger



    Maybe he was hungry?

    Seriously, I think in this case it means an unexpected comment or decision.

    Zinger | Define Zinger at Dictionary.com

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