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    Question feed the bulldog

    Hi, teachers
    What does the following sentence mean?
    "Family won’t feed the bulldog for everyone, of course, and it shouldn’t."

    Does it mean, not everyone care to get married and has a family? Or does it mean getting married will not solve problem?
    Or what do you think?

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    Do you have a context for this? That phrase means nothing to me, and the rest of the sentence doesn't give any hint as to its meaning.

    (Edit: After some quick research, I think I have an idea, but I still need more background on this sentence.)
    Last edited by SlickVic9000; 14-Aug-2013 at 18:20.

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    Re: feed the bulldog

    It is about life meaning and purpose. Its title is "Discovering meaning and purpose." The last paragraph:

    "Eventually it hit me: I wanted a family. That was it. Just thinking about that idea lit up my personal meaning-meter like nothing else had. A few years later, I married my favorite person, and we are raising three incredible kids together. Talk about waking up every morning in grateful surprise! Meaning and purpose, once a crisis for me, is pancreatic again."

    "Family won’t feed the bulldog for everyone, of course, and it shouldn’t. Even for me, family isn’t the only source of meaning and purpose. Putting all of one’s meaning eggs in a single basket has never been a good idea. My work has also been an important source of purpose, one that has ebbed and flowed for years as I’ve found my way forward, as it does for so many people."

    By the way I have some problem to understand the meaning of eggs in the above paragraph.

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    Re: feed the bulldog

    The proverb is "don't put all of your eggs in one basket." The hazard being that if you drop the basket, you lose all you have. This applies to how you manage money and things of that nature.

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    The sentence clarifies that having a family isn't the only source of fulfillment and meaning in life. Different strokes for different folks, as it were.

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    Re: feed the bulldog

    Quote Originally Posted by jaleel2007 View Post
    Hi, teachers
    What does the following sentence mean?
    "Family won’t feed the bulldog for everyone, of course, and it shouldn’t."

    Does it mean, not everyone care to get married and has a family? Or does it mean getting married will not solve problem?
    Or what do you think?
    "Feed the bulldog" is a business idiom. It means to generate sufficient revenues to meet expenses. In your use, it appears to mean "produce a positive result". In business it is often said in response to an excuse for a failure. "Excuses won't feed the bulldog".

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    Re: feed the bulldog

    Does anyone know what Meaning and purpose, once a crisis for me, is pancreatic again means? I can guess, but I haven't come across pancreatic used like this.

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    Re: feed the bulldog

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Does anyone know what Meaning and purpose, once a crisis for me, is pancreatic again means? I can guess,
    I can't even guess.

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    #9

    Re: feed the bulldog

    I have never seen "feed the bulldog" as an idiom in my life and would have had no idea what the writer was trying to convey.
    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: feed the bulldog

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Does anyone know what Meaning and purpose, once a crisis for me, is pancreatic again means? I can guess, but I haven't come across pancreatic used like this.
    I haven't a clue.

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