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    #1

    they've tied things up

    Hi

    You see, they’ve tied things up so nowadays you can’t buy your boy
    an education unless you’re rolling in money.

    I take it to mean that things got more complicated.

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    #2

    Re: they've tied things up

    Or maybe it means: They made everything more difficult nowadays ...

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    #3

    Re: they've tied things up

    It might be a reference to red tape.

    Red tape - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    #4

    Re: they've tied things up

    They’ve tied things up so nowadays you can’t buy your boy
    an education unless you’re rolling in money. I could pay for
    Sydney to go to grammar school, but it just can’t be done,
    not without this eleven-plus.

    So she says that first her boy has to take the eleven-plus. So do you still think it's got something to do with red tape?

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    #5

    Re: they've tied things up

    I don't know what an "eleven-plus" is, so I can't answer the question. I merely suggested that it might have been a reference to red tape. I could be wrong.

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    #6

    Re: they've tied things up

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't know what an "eleven-plus" is
    Oh, I didn't know.

    Eleven plus exam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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