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    To give an ill-used sigh

    What does it mean?
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    Re: To give an ill-used sigh

    Impossible to know without some context. It might mean that the sigh came at a bad time, and may indicate some impatience or boredom or frustration when the 'sigher' should have presented a more neutral disposition.

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    Re: To give an ill-used sigh

    "Here, now, you cain't do that! You put your laigs down and sit like a lady".......... Jessie gave an ill-used sigh but obeyed letting her feet drop loudly.

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    She sighs to show that she doesn't like the order- it's a protest sigh.

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    Re: To give an ill-used sigh

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    "Here, now, you cain't do that! You put your laigs down and sit like a lady".......... Jessie gave an ill-used sigh but obeyed letting her feet drop loudly.
    It is Jessie who has been ill used, badly treated, and the sigh shows this.

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    Re: To give an ill-used sigh

    And it also suggests (to me, at least) that she has been ill-used like this many times before - in her view, that is. When a father (maybe?) tells his daughter not to put her feet on the table or chair or whatever, discussions might be had about whether that constitutes 'ill use'. (I think the 'father' assumption is fairly safe - that or other senior male relative -). Grown men don't normally tell grown women to 'sit like a lady'

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    Re: To give an ill-used sigh

    I know it is a protest and she does not like the order, but I want to know what does ill used mean?

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    Re: To give an ill-used sigh

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    I know it is a protest and she does not like the order, but I want to know what does "ill used" means.?
    Badly/unfairly treated.


    Indirect question: I want to know what 'X' means.
    Direct question: I want to know,/: "What does 'X' mean?"

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    Re: To give an ill-used sigh

    Thank you : )

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