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    Lightbulb What is the meaning of "to the well of bad ideas" in this sentence?

    Hey guys, hope you all are doing fine,

    My question as is mentioned in the title, is about the meaning of "to the well of bad ideas" in the following context:

    In a movie, a man says:
    You ever heard of manifest destiny? I like history. Everyone's so damned scared to repeat it, they never thought how bad the alternatives was. Now look around at this world. Seems to me, repeat business
    to the well of bad ideas would've put us all a lot better off than we are today.

    What does the man mean by the underlined sentence? Does "to the well of something" have special meaning? If yes, when do we usually use it?

    Thank you in advance,

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    Re: What is the meaning of "to the well of bad ideas" in this sentence?

    It's not a common phrase, just one that the script writers coined. "Well" refers to a deep pit dug into the earth where water is stored. In this case, the speaker is using "well" as a metaphor - instead of water, bad ideas are being stored in a some sort of universal well.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "to the well of bad ideas" in this sentence?

    "Going back to the well" especially if you go "once too often" is an expression.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "to the well of bad ideas" in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jill Dorchester View Post
    It's not a common phrase, just one that the script writers coined. "Well" refers to a deep pit dug into the earth where water is stored. In this case, the speaker is using "well" as a metaphor - instead of water, bad ideas are being stored in a some sort of universal well.
    Thank you so much for answering dear friend, yeah, you are right, almost 1/3 of what they say in this movie is not common and difficult to understand.
    Anyway, if you don't mind my asking, what does the whole "repeat businessto the well of bad ideas would've put us all a lot better off than we are today" mean?

    Can we forget about that metaphor and just say "repeat business would've ..." ?

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    Re: What is the meaning of "to the well of bad ideas" in this sentence?

    As always, quote your source. What is the name of the movie?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "to the well of bad ideas" in this sentence?

    It seems to be saying that people are afraid to repeat the errors of others. That we would have been better off returning to some of those "bad" ideas and trying them again, perhaps improving and perfecting them. Rather than always looking for new ideas.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "to the well of bad ideas" in this sentence?

    The film is Young Ones (2014), "set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet" (rottentomatoes.com).

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    Re: What is the meaning of "to the well of bad ideas" in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    As always, quote your source. What is the name of the movie?
    It's name is "young ones".

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    Re: What is the meaning of "to the well of bad ideas" in this sentence?

    Thanks Farshad, but please see post #7 where JMurray demonstrated the correct way to write a film title. You should either italicise it or enclose it in quotation mark. Whichever you choose, each word should start with a capital letter.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "to the well of bad ideas" in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Farshad.021 View Post
    It's name is "young ones".
    That should be the possessive "Its". "It's" is short for "it is", or "it has".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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