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    a Man-with-a-barrel/ tap the barrel

    Dear teachers,

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

    Mr. Flower was a Man-with-a-barrel and one who knows how to tap it.

    a Man-with-a-barrel = a person having access to the state treasure-house (please see my preceding thread "pork barrel" below)


    tap the barrel = dip in the gravy

    Thanks for your efforts

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    V.

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    Re: a Man-with-a-barrel/ tap the barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

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

    Mr. Flower was a Man-with-a-barrel and one who knows how to tap it.

    a Man-with-a-barrel = a person having access to the state treasure-house (please see my preceding thread "pork barrel" below)


    tap the barrel = dip in the gravy

    Thanks for your efforts

    Regards,

    V.
    In the absence of further context, I would guess that this is a good, figurative interpretation. A more concrete one would be that he was a drunkard, with easy access to alcohol.

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