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    to the core/ get to the core

    Dear teachers,

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

    Dick’s soul was troubled to the core. (R. Kipling, “The Light That Failed”)

    If I but chose I could tell you something that would startle you to the very core. (A. J. Cronin, “Hatter’s Castle”)

    He was a tough old Tory politician, patriotic to the core-and also, the nearer one got to the core, snobbish and callous. (C. P. Show, “Corridors of Power”)

    to the core = completely, entirely, from beginning to end

    get to the core = gain an intimate knowledge of

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: to the core/ get to the core

    In another thread I mentioned the use of core when it relates to, say, the earth's core. That is right or deep inside. And that is the meaning you need here; deep inside the person.

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