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    #1

    no earthly

    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?

    Let’s go and beg him, Ronny!
    No earthly! The only hope is in the girl. (Galsworthy’s “The Eldest Son”)

    no earthly = there’s no chance = this is worthwhile

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: no earthly

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    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?

    Let’s go and beg him, Ronny!
    No earthly! The only hope is in the girl. (Galsworthy’s “The Eldest Son”)
    I've never heard of "No earthly". 'no earthly way' means 'no way on earth'


    no earthly way= there’s no chance/no possibility = this is worthwhile

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    2006

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