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    Question What is the meaning of "lets it all hang out" etc.

    Dear Teacher,
    I have read this sentence as follows:
    Sure, having your wife dress in a gown that "lets it all hang out"may create a sensation and cause many of your would-be clients to want to go to bed with her,but it won't motivate them to call your office in the morning because they want to do business with you!
    Explain them in detail, please:
    1. the meaning of "lets it all hang out" here.
    2. Why does narrator say that "it won't motivate them to call your office in the morning"?
    Thanks!

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    Re: What is the meaning of "lets it all hang out" etc.

    "lets it all hang out" - reveals a large, bulging mass of parts of her upper body.

    The writer suggests that having a wife reveal her mammalian charms to your potential clients is not likely to encourage them to want to do business with you.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "lets it all hang out" etc.

    But the writer said:"......because they want to do business with you!"

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    Re: What is the meaning of "lets it all hang out" etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by gonghoujun View Post
    But the writer said:"......because they want to do business with you!"
    The writer said, it won't motivate them to call your office in the morning because they want to do business with you!

    There is no comma before 'because'.



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    Re: What is the meaning of "lets it all hang out" etc.

    Please explain again: why does the writer use "in the morning", instead of "in the afternoon" here?
    Thank you.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "lets it all hang out" etc.

    Presumably the talk of "gowns" means some type of evening function where the wives "assets" would be hanging out.

    So it is natural to speak of the impression this would have on the prospective clients and what they would do the next morning.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "lets it all hang out" etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by gonghoujun View Post
    Please explain again: why does the writer use "in the morning", instead of "in the afternoon" here?
    Thank you.
    "In the morning" means "the next day". In the evening they're admiring his wife's breasts and in the morning they go to work. Businessmen generally don't arrive at work in the afternoon.

    There's also an expression "but will you still respect me in the morning", meaning that if I do something potentially compromising (this usually involves sex but the phrase can be used for other things too), will you still like/respect me the next day. The writer is probably playing off this phrase too.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "lets it all hang out" etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by gonghoujun View Post
    Sure, having your wife dress in a gown that "lets it all hang out"may create a sensation and cause many of your would-be clients to want to go to bed with her,but it won't motivate them to call your office in the morning because they want to do business with you!
    Explain them in detail, please:
    1. the meaning of "lets it all hang out" here.
    2. Why does narrator say that "it won't motivate them to call your office in the morning"?
    1. "... a gown that 'lets it all hang out'" has two references. First, the "it" in this context refers to her body, or parts of her body - she is letting her skin show, and might even be letting her breasts literally "hang out" of the dress. The second reference - and this is the reason the phrase is in quotation marks - is because "to let it all hang out" is a slang phrase from the 1960s that means "to express yourself freely; to be relaxed and uninhibited".

    2. "... it [your wife's dress or body] won't motivate them [the would-be clients] to call your office in the morning [the morning after the party where they saw your wife] because they want to do business with you!" This last part means that if they DO call, it won't be because they want to do business with you, although they might call because they want to go to bed with your wife...

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    Re: What is the meaning of "lets it all hang out" etc.

    This music video will explain everything:

    YouTube - The Hombres - Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)

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    Re: What is the meaning of "lets it all hang out" etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by luschen View Post
    This music video will explain everything:

    YouTube - The Hombres - Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)


    Not sure if it explained anything but that song made me want to get high

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