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    What is the meaning of "hold the dyke against"? Please give examples.
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    Re: Expression

    Quote Originally Posted by rida5 View Post
    What is the meaning of "hold the dyke against"? Please give examples.
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    A dike (dyke) is a wall or embankment built to prevent flooding. As an expression, "hold the dike against" means to take steps to prevent a bad thing from happening.

    The government is trying to hold the dike against inflation.

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    Re: Expression

    A dyke is also a lesbian.
    "The police were holding the dyke against the wall after arresting her."
    Note that if you give some context, you'll often get a better interpretation more suited to your needs.

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    Re: Expression

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    A dyke is also a lesbian.
    "The police were holding the dyke against the wall after arresting her."
    Note that if you give some context, you'll often get a better interpretation more suited to your needs.

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    Re: Expression

    This is the meaning I was interested in. Thanks.

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    Re: Expression

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    A dyke is also a lesbian.
    "The police were holding the dyke against the wall after arresting her."
    Note that if you give some context, you'll often get a better interpretation more suited to your needs.
    This is the meaning I was interested in. Thanks.

    Rida

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    Re: Expression

    I would NEVER have guessed that meaning. Please provide context.
    Also please know that many people would find that use of the word offensive.
    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: Expression

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I would NEVER have guessed that meaning. Please provide context.
    Also please know that many people would find that use of the word offensive.
    It never occurred to me either, and I still have my doubts.

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