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    go vole

    Dear teachers,

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

    “Who is he?”
    “Why, he has gone the vole - has been soldier, ballad singer, traveling tinker and is now a beggar. (W. Scot, The Antiquary”)

    go vole = a) to risk everything for a big win, and b) have a lot of experience in the life = be a past-master on the art

    Thank you for your efforts.


    Last edited by vil; 19-Oct-2010 at 18:27.

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    Re: go vole

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    I would say your explanation "a" was fine, but for "b" I think it's just about the fact he's tried many things; he doesn't necessarily have to be a "past master" of any.


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