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    Meaning of 'whisper with enough force to blow out an eardrum'

    The original text is...
    "You are in big trouble." I whispered in his ear with enough force to blow out an eardrum.
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    When I first met the above sentence, the following 2 possibilities came to my mind.
    But I coudn't decide between them.


    1. The speaker wanted to whisper and put his mouth near the listener's ear
    but actually shouted unconsciously (because it was urgent or he was at a loss etc etc)

    2. The speaker really whispered but blew the breath a little forcefully while whispering (because of the urgency etc etc)


    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Meaning of 'whisper with enough force to blow out an eardrum'

    2. Except that nobody 'blew breath'. Whispering entails exhalation. The urgency made that exhalation more vigorous.

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    Re: Meaning of 'whisper with enough force to blow out an eardrum'

    Thank you very much, BobK

    Your explanation is very clear and informative.
    I never saw clearer explanation about 'blow breath' and exhalation even in English dictionaries.

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