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    A sputtering relationship?

    How do you define 'a sputtering relationship' of a couple?

    Does the term mean they don't quite get along and quarrel a lot?

    Thank you.

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    Re: A sputtering relationship?

    Have you looked "sputter" up in a dictionary? I did that (I didn't know the answer to your question), and now I know the answer.

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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: A sputtering relationship?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Have you looked "sputter" up in a dictionary? I did that (I didn't know the answer to your question), and now I know the answer.

    charliedeut

    I had before posting the thread and got the following:

    • 1 make a series of soft explosive sounds.


    • 2 speak in a series of incoherent bursts.


    • 3 Physics deposit (metal) on a surface by using fast ions to eject particles of it from a target.



    Now I have consulted another dictionary and found there is a definition that says 'become very angry with lots of explosive sounds'. So it seems I have got it. Thank you.

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    Re: A sputtering relationship?

    You know what sputters? A car engine when something is wrong or it's running out of gas. That's the implication I get - that they're relationship is barely moving and perhaps near the end.

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    Re: A sputtering relationship?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You know what sputters? A car engine when something is wrong or it's running out of gas. That's the implication I get - that they're their relationship is barely moving and perhaps near the end.
    You really should stop typing that fast, Dave!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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