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    of the first degree

    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?

    ..his old houseboat lay moored in Sanday Bay. It was here that Tam Douglas lived his solitary life, though to call Tam’s home a houseboat was flattery of the first degree. (Cronin’s “Adventures in Two Worlds”, chapter 10)

    of the first degree = exaggerated, unconscionable

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: of the first degree

    It was the highest form of flattery.

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