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    Hi, everyone

    May I ask about what is the meaning of "hot match" in the following sentence?

    "Oleg had gone through a hard adjustment to the strange ways of a new country, but there was no melancholy in him, only gaiety and a wit that often had the touch of a hot match."

    It is from the autobiography named "Self-Portrait" written by Gene Tierney, she used this line to describe her husband Oleg Cassini.

    Thank you for taking a look :)

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    I suspect that his wit could be rather pointed and possibly a little sarcastic or critical.
    We might say that he has a cutting wit.
    But it's difficult to be sure of the intended meaning without more context.

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    Thank you for the context, xuguang_he.
    His telegram to Louella Parsons supports my sense of what was intended.

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    Thank you for giving me such precise answer.

    I have another question if it isn't too bother for you, on this page, she wrote "he was suave and his polished attentions were battering to a woman." I don't get the meaning of "polished attentions battering to a woman." There is no mention of any woman and what's the meaning of "battering to" in this line?

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    Here, "polished attentions" refers to his refined and sophisticated manner towards women, especially when he was seeking to charm them.
    By "to a woman", it means any woman towards whom he was directing his attentions.
    I think "battering" suggests that women were worn down, in a sense, by this attention and the implication is that many eventually succumbed to it.

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    So, it meant Oleg Cassini was a very tactful man when deal with women and affairs, and women were easily fell for him? Now I get it.

    Thank you for giving me such detailed analysis of this sentence, you are truly a wonderful teacher :)

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    I don't think the kind of attention that "batters" a woman could be described as tactful. And JMurray said that eventually women were "worn down" by it and "succumbed". That's not the same as "falling for him".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: hot match

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post


    I think "battering" suggests that women were worn down, in a sense, by this attention and the implication is that many eventually succumbed to it.

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    If Ms. Tierney did, indeed, use the word "battering," then she should be congratulated on using that word in such a novel manner.

    I googled and was unable to find any other author who has ever done so.

    The usual collocation, of course, would be "flattering to a woman."

    (I have no proof that someone along the line is responsible for a typo.)

    The moral (lesson) of this matter for learners, I believe, is this:

    When writing, do not use strange interpretations of words. Readers will be forced to stop and ask themselves: "What does the author mean by that?" In my humble opinion, that is the mark of an unsuccessful writer. (Ms. Tierney, of course, was a very successful actor [actress].)



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    The word "battering" was rather startling in that context, and I think Miss Tierney should have had a better editor.

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