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    lock, stock and barrel

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    “I don’t suppose I fit in very easily,” he admitted. “I don’t suppose I will ever be able to hang myself over the lock, stock and barrel.” (Aldridge’s “A Captive in the Land”. Chapter XX)

    lock, stock and barrel = completely, entirely,

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: lock, stock and barrel

    While I don´t understand this expression in the context presented, your interpretation of lock, stock and barrel is correct.

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    Re: lock, stock and barrel

    hang myself over the lock, stock and barrel = devote myself entirely to

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    Re: lock, stock and barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    hang myself over the lock, stock and barrel = devote myself entirely to
    Hang myself means devote myself? This is totally new to me.

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    Re: lock, stock and barrel

    Yes, you're right, but should it be hang or hand? I don't know it, but hang sounds strange to me.

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    Re: lock, stock and barrel

    I beg your pardon for my wool-gathering.

    Here is the proper version of the expression in question:

    hand over = release or relinquish to another's possession or control

    I handed my heart over to the young woman.

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    Re: lock, stock and barrel

    Thanks. Now it makes sense.

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