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    Grow Into Face

    What does "to grow into that face" mean? Like this:

    "But until he grew into that face, not even his own mother ever made the mistake of bragging about Teddy's good looks."

    I already checked dictionaries, but didn't find anything.

    source: books.google.com/books?id=Dty4SzGvdogC&pg=PA317&lpg=PA317&dq=%22gre w+into+that+face%22&source=bl&ots=-82q3ad5x4&sig=QpHheiqNmh3NV7g4WwW5uov3V70&hl=en&sa =X&ei=0kN9UvbfLIL7iwK964CACQ&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAg#v=one page&q=%22grew%20into%20that%20face%22&f=false

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    Re: Grow Into Face

    Quote Originally Posted by deathjaw View Post
    What does "to grow into that face" mean? Like this:

    "But until he grew into that face, not even his own mother ever made the mistake of bragging about Teddy's good looks."

    I already checked dictionaries, but didn't find anything.

    source: books.google.com/books?id=Dty4SzGvdogC&pg=PA317&lpg=PA317&dq=%22gre w+into+that+face%22&source=bl&ots=-82q3ad5x4&sig=QpHheiqNmh3NV7g4WwW5uov3V70&hl=en&sa =X&ei=0kN9UvbfLIL7iwK964CACQ&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAg#v=one page&q=%22grew%20into%20that%20face%22&f=false
    In this context it appears to mean the nobody could see that he was handsome, not even his own mother, until he got older. It is not a common English expression.

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    Re: Grow Into Face

    Would "he grew into that look" be slightly better?

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    Re: Grow Into Face

    Quote Originally Posted by deathjaw View Post
    Would "he grew into that look" be slightly better?
    Not much.

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    Re: Grow Into Face

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Not much.
    Then this:

    "The son grew into the good looks of his father."

    should be standard English, finally?

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    Re: Grow Into Face

    Quote Originally Posted by deathjaw View Post
    Then this:

    "The son grew into the good looks of his father."

    should be standard English, finally?
    Much better.

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    Re: Grow Into Face

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Much better.
    If I stretch the expression a little bit and write:

    "The son grew into the demeanor of the father."

    Would it work too?

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    Re: Grow Into Face

    Quote Originally Posted by deathjaw View Post
    If I stretch the expression a little bit and write:

    "The son grew into the demeanor of the father."

    Would it work too?
    Let's not push our luck.

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    Re: Grow Into Face

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Let's not push our luck.
    It has pushed its luck

    Thread closed.

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    Re: Grow Into Face

    Banned clone of banned user.

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