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    galloping consumtion

    Could it possibly mean that someone came down with an incurable disease?

    Sorry. It should have been "consumption"?
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    Re: galloping consumtion

    It depends upon the context. In many older texts (novels and medical books), "galloping consumption" referred to a particular (and then deadly) type of tuberculosis that affected the lungs (it is known today as acute pneumonic phthisis).

    But used as an adverbial phrase, "galloping consumption" can refer to the rapid use of a certain product or resource (as in "the world's fossil fuel supply may be exhausted by 2030 due to the galloping consumption of oil").


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