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    #1

    take the pas of

    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 sentence?

    He takes the pas of dukes and earls…

    take the pas of somebody = gain advantage over somebody

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    #2

    Re: take the pas of

    I've never heard of this.

    What's the context, vil?

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    #3

    Re: take the pas of

    The sentence of question is not a creation of my brain. It is from Thackeray's " The Book of Snobs".
    French - prendre le pas sur quequ'un

    http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2686

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    Last edited by vil; 17-Aug-2010 at 12:29.

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    Re: take the pas of

    Ah, right. Now I get it.

    It means he takes precedence over dukes and earls.

    I think he must be a king or a prince.

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    #5

    Re: take the pas of

    That's right!

    IMHO it is speaking of Napoleon.

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    #6

    Re: take the pas of

    'Taking the pas' might be something a Glaswegian docker might do, but it's hardly the sort of thing Thackeray would write.

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