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    What " heavy revvie" means?

    Hi,

    I ran into the expression "heavy revvie" and I don't know what it means. I would appreciate anyone who could help!

    Thanks in advance,

    Hagay

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    Re: What " heavy revvie" means?

    Sorry, but without some idea of the context in which it was being used, I can't help.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: What " heavy revvie" means?

    Please give us the context (preferably the rest of the sentence and the sentences around it) and the title and author/singer of the piece/song in which you heard it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What " heavy revvie" means?

    First thank you both (Grumpy and emsr2d2),

    And now a little about the context - I ran into this expression in an article about foundation managers and their candidates and grantees (dated to 1975). The author of this article gives a typology of grant candidates (as seen from the perspective of the foundations' managers) and one of the characteristic candidate is called: "The Heavy Revvie Or Foundation Slick Candidate."

    And here is a paragraph in which the expression is used two times:

    "It just seems so much easier for a heavy revvie to get a grant than it is for somebody on your
    block who’s probably never tried to raise money before and is trying to organize a food co-op. The relative importance of your getting the money and the heavy revvie getting the money is probably inverse."

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    Re: What " heavy revvie" means?

    Thank you for the context. Sadly, (on this occasion) it doesn't really give any specific clues about the exact nature of the expression, but it obviously means someone who is an experienced and successful operator: in this particular context, someone who is used to running a large and thriving enterprise, with a history of attracting outside funding. In a gambling context, he might be called a "high roller". Perhaps the "revvie" element refers to "revenue", as in someone who attracts a heavy (ie high) amount of revenue. Alternatively, to take an example from motor-sport, "heavy revvie" might equate to a "high revving" individual: someone who operates at the peak of performance. Take your pick....

    PS. Better to say What does "heavy revvie" mean?
    Last edited by Grumpy; 17-Dec-2014 at 16:55.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: What " heavy revvie" means?

    Thank you so much for the detailed answer, I appreciate your help!

    Hagay

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    Re: What " heavy revvie" means?

    I know this is an old post, but I have to add: I worked at a grant-making foundation for fourteen years, including five as the director, and I've never heard that expression.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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