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    What does "do for" in this sentence mean?

    "The bastard does for sex what mad cow disease did for the traditional pot toast"

    Could you please explain the meaning of "do for" in this sentence for me?
    And the whole meaning please? I hardly understand this sentence.
    Thank you all alot!

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    Re: What does "do for" in this sentence mean?

    Mad Cow Disease ruined the traditional enjoyment of a pot roast, since people stopped buying beef. The implication is the "the bastard" does a similar thing for sex - ie. ruins it in some way. No it's not possible to explain it fully because there's no context at all about what the bastard did.
    If the sentence were "An asteroid did for the dinosaurs what mad cow disease did for the traditional pot roast" it would be easier to explain because we know what the asteroid did for (to) the dinosaurs.

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    Re: What does "do for" in this sentence mean?

    So if i prefer the sentence as "the way the bastard does is quite similar to the way the cow did", would it be appropriate?

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    Re: What does "do for" in this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by dhnga90 View Post
    So if i prefer the sentence as "the way the bastard does is quite similar to the way the cow did", would it be appropriate?
    No, the cow didn't do anything - mad cow disease did. And the bastard did it for sex, whereas the disease did it for dinner. However, they both did the same thing. What that thing was, one can only guess, because we don't know what the bastard did.

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