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    bar one's beauty

    Hi there,

    What does the underlined part mean?
    Thank you for the answer.

    "Before meeting John, Mary swept the thick fall of her auburn hair back from her face, baring her beauty as if girding herself for battle."

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    Re: bar one's beauty

    Quote Originally Posted by IQU3838 View Post
    Hi there,

    What does the underlined part mean?
    Thank you for the answer.

    "Before meeting John, Mary swept the thick fall of her auburn hair back from her face, baring her beauty as if girding herself for battle."
    Hi. Actually, it's not "bar one's beauty". Note that the present participle of "bar" is "barring", not "baring". The verb in this sentence is "bare". Can you understand it now?

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    Re: bar one's beauty

    baring (to bare) her beauty - showing her beauty

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    Re: bar one's beauty

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    baring (to bare) her beauty - showing her beauty

    the use of 'bare' implies a possibly aggressive intention on the part of the barer - on the analogy of 'baring her teeth; (That implication is reinfored by the verb 'gird'.)

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