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    Smile work many covers

    "Like other gunners, the writer must cultivate patience, working many covers to bring down one partridge."

    What does "working many covers" mean ?

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    Re: work many covers

    Quote Originally Posted by catoidtang View Post
    "Like other gunners, the writer must cultivate patience, working many covers to bring down one partridge."

    What does "working many covers" mean ?
    It's not an expression I've met, but in the context the meaning is clear. In shooting parlance (the shooting of game-birds in particular) 'a cover' is a patch of vegetation that provides cover for a possible target. 'Working a cover' seems to mean 'raising the prey from a patch of cover [using 'beaters' - local workers employed to disturb the birds, so making life easier for mi'lor'.]'

    I think the possible interpretation of 'cover' as a magazine is a red herring (to use a metaphor borrowed from another sort of hunting - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring_(idiom) ).

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