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    stay on the bridge, heat of

    “I have believed that the right and responsible action has been to lead us through the heat of the crisis. However my desire to remain on the bridge has made me a focal point of the debate,” Brooks said in an email Friday to colleagues that was released by News International.

    Here ''bridge'' means stay at work. Am I right? Is it a proverb?
    What does mean ''heat of" ?


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    Re: stay on the bridge, heat of

    The heat of = the hottest part of = the most critical

    I expect he means that he's trying to take a middle ground and try to be the link between two differing views. A bridge connects things.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: stay on the bridge, heat of

    But according to France 24 agency, she had to resign,

    News International chief Rebekah Brooks resigned Friday morning amidst the ongoing controversy over phone hacking and allegations of police bribery at former British tabloid News of the World.

    Brooks said the debate over her position was now too much of a distraction for her company.

    Therefore, I thought she wanted to stay in her position.

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    Re: stay on the bridge, heat of

    I don't understand your question.
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    #5

    Re: stay on the bridge, heat of

    I think 'on the bridge' is a metaphor - the bridge is the part of the ship from which the captain commands.

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    Re: stay on the bridge, heat of

    Ah yes. On the bridge of a SHIP is the metaphor. I hadn't realized the context before. (We're quite taken up with our Congressional bickering here, so I was thinking about a bridge as a connector.)

    I totally agree.
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