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    In The Wake Of

    I have a question about the usage of the phrase "in the wake of" here:


    "We are still in the wake of discriminatory laws against women and children."


    I could not find a good dictionary definition that fits this usage "in the wake of". But, the author of the sentence appears to be a non-native English speaker. Could the sentence, then, be poorly written?

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    Re: In The Wake Of

    The sentence is fine. This is a metaphorical use of wake to refer to the effects of laws on certain people.

    See the definition of Wake 2 here: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/wake

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    Re: In The Wake Of

    @MikeNewYork

    Using the definition "as a consequence of" in the original sentence, I would have:

    "We are still a consequence of discriminatory laws against women and children."

    A little bit weird.

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    Re: In The Wake Of

    No, that is very weird. Did you read the link that I sent you?

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