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    ringleader of the whole affair/ get out of the rain

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    Why isnít Smith here? After all, he was the ringleader of the whole affair, and I donít see why we should get punished and he get off free.

    He sent word that he was ill! Trust him to get out of the rainÖ.

    ringleader of the whole affair = originator (fomenter) of the whole affair

    get out of the rain = save oneís trouble = come clear off

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    Re: ringleader of the whole affair/ get out of the rain

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    Why isnít Smith here? After all, he was the ringleader of the whole affair, and I donít see why we should get punished and he get off free.

    He sent word that he was ill! Trust him to get out of the rainÖ.

    ringleader of the whole affair = originator (fomenter) of the whole affair

    get out of the rain = save oneís trouble = come clear off

    V.
    Not a teacher only a native.

    You have the interpretation of 'ringleader' correct. 'Ringleader' means the main person, the boss, the person in control.

    'Get out of the rain', in this context, means to escape punishment.

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