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    #1

    go to town

    Please help me understand the following in red.

    Not designed for consumers, Willow Garage's robot is a research and development platform, created specifically so that geeks could go to town. And town is where they have gone. A quick tour of YouTube shows the PR2 robot opening doors, folding laundry, fetching a beer...

    Thank you.

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    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: go to town

    They'll help with the first sentence, but unpakwon might still find the second a bit opaque! In the figurative 'go to town' nobody actually goes anywhere. But sometimes writers use a device - it probably has a name () - whereby they refer back to a figurative expression and treat it literally, for comic effect.

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    Last edited by BobK; 24-Aug-2012 at 10:13. Reason: Fix typoes

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    Re: go to town

    I had a Maths teacher at school a loooong time ago, whose catchphrase was, "If you don't pay attention X, I'll go to town on you boy!" He was one of the teachers who never used corporal punishment and I never discovered exactly what he would do if he "went to town".
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    Re: go to town

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I had a Maths teacher at school a loooong time ago, whose catchphrase was, "If you don't pay attention X, I'll go to town on you boy!" He was one of the teachers who never used corporal punishment and I never discovered exactly what he would do if he "went to town".
    Reminds me too of the "good old days" in parochial school.


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