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    #1

    Any movement ahead is hemmed in by the lack of ideas.

    Hello,

    Here is a part of a dialogue made up by a student. The task was to use some of the idioms we are currently studying.
    The idioms are 'bullish' and 'be hemmed in by'.
    '-Our old long-time economy partners are not as efficient as they used to be.
    -Right. These dinosaurs are so slow even if they work against the clock. The situation isn't too bullish. Any ideas?
    -Well, I've been taxing my brain, but to no effect so far. Any movement ahead is hemmed in by the lack of ideas.'

    I do understand that 'bullish' means 'optimistic' or 'robust' in the business context, but I am not sure about the above example.
    Then, instead of 'taxing my brain' I would say 'racking my brain'.
    As for 'hemmed in by the lack of ideas', I feel that the idea the student wanted to convey is clear, but the idiom 'be hemmed in by' is used incorrectly.

    What is your opinion?

    Thank you for your time and help.
    Last edited by vectra; 03-Jun-2012 at 18:57. Reason: punctuation

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    #2

    Re: Any movement ahead is hemmed in by the lack of ideas.

    Quote Originally Posted by vectra View Post
    Hello,

    Here is a part of a dialogue made up by a student. The task was to use some of the idioms we are currently studying.
    The idioms are 'bullish' and 'be hemmed in by'.
    '-Our old long-time economy partners are not as efficient as they used to be.
    -Right. These dinosaurs are so slow even if they work against the clock. The situation isn't too bullish. Any ideas?
    -Well, I've been taxing my brain, but to no effect so far. Any movement ahead is hemmed in by the lack of ideas.'

    I do understand that 'bullish' means 'optimistic' or 'robust' in the business context, but I am not sure about the above example.
    Then, instead of 'taxing my brain' I would say 'racking my brain'.
    As for 'hemmed in by the lack of ideas', I feel that the idea the student wanted to convey is clear, but the idiom 'be hemmed in by' is used incorrectly.

    What is your opinion?

    Thank you for your time and help.
    None of it sounds very natural. Also, it's not clear what is meant by "economy partners".

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    #3

    Re: Any movement ahead is hemmed in by the lack of ideas.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    None of it sounds very natural. Also, it's not clear what is meant by "economy partners".
    I think we can easily change the 'economy partners' for 'business partners'.

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    #4

    Re: Any movement ahead is hemmed in by the lack of ideas.

    You're right about "taxing my brain" being inappropriate. "(W)racking my brain" would be much better. It is the problem itself, or the process of trying to solve it, which is taxing the brain.

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    #5

    Re: Any movement ahead is hemmed in by the lack of ideas.

    I don't think you can be hemmed in by a lack of something.

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    #6

    Re: Any movement ahead is hemmed in by the lack of ideas.

    Quote Originally Posted by vectra View Post
    I think we can easily change the 'economy partners' for 'business partners'.
    Maybe vectra meant 'economic partners' (which is used), but doesn't hear a difference between /i;p/ and /ɪkp/ (in which the /k/ is not always released - although the closure is audible).

    And I agree about 'hemmed in' not working ('hemming in' is a physical reatriction).

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    Last edited by BobK; 04-Jun-2012 at 16:02. Reason: addet to transscription

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