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    Meaning of "Toward"

    I have a question about the usage of "toward" here:

    "Two top House Democrats today criticized the majority leader, Dick Armey, for what they called disparaging comments toward Jews made at a campaign appearance last weekend. Mr. Armey dismissed the complaints as partisan politics. "

    Two senses of "toward" is 1) in the direction of, and 2) in regard to. Does "comments toward" in the example mean the comments happened face to face (in-the-direction-of sense) ,or the comments were about Jews (in-regard-to sense)?

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    Re: Meaning of "Toward"

    'Towards' can mean in the direction of, but doesn't necessarily mean face to face.

    His comments were directed towards Jewish people in general, since he is dividing them into two groups.

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