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    bad back

    Dear all,

    Does "bad back" means "back pain"??

    There is a man holding a snake and running after a another man to scare him. Tha latter says "Stop! I have a bad back"

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: bad back

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    Dear all,

    Does "bad back" means "back pain"??

    There is a man holding a snake and running after a another man to scare him. Tha latter says "Stop! I have a bad back"

    Thanks a lot.
    Well, in one sense, yes, but it typically means that the person has a persistent condition that prevents him from exerting too much strain on his back. In your example, however, it does not necessarily mean that he is experiencing pain at that moment.

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    Re: bad back

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Well, in one sense, yes, but it typically means that the person has a persistent condition that prevents him from exerting too much strain on his back. In your example, however, it does not necessarily mean that he is experiencing pain at that moment.
    You mean as if he wanted to say "Don't scare me. I can't make too much effort ressisting (or runnning) bec. my back might hurt me (again)? something like that?

    Thanks.

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    Re: bad back

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    You mean as if he wanted to say "Don't scare me. I can't make too much effort ressisting (or runnning) bec. my back might hurt me (again)? something like that?

    Thanks.
    Yes - you've got it.

    Having a bad back is used all the time as an excuse for avoiding work or exertion.

    Rover

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