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    by association

    What does by association mean?

    If you buy that new coat, by association, a whole new lifestyle.
    He looked automatically, by association, at his watch.

    second sentence In British National Corpus (BYU-BNC)
    first one in New proficiency passkey

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    Re: by association

    If the coat is from a respected brand, then some of the glamour of the name will rub off on the person who buys one- the wearer will be associated with the lifestyle of other people who wear such coats. The second sentence doesn't make much sense to me- maybe it does in context, but on its own, it looks odd.

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    #3

    Re: by association

    THe second sentence does not seem to appear in the BNC.

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    Re: by association

    This question has been extensively debated here.

    We don't need to waste any more time on it.

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