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Mary Kantarian was achingly close to making her million-dollar sales goal - only $1,000 short. If she made the goal by the end of the year, it would mean a fat $60,000 bonus check, and a happy trip to the bank to finance a dream home she'd recently found...
1. Why was this "achingly" used here? Does mean it it hurts her?
2. Does "happy trip to the bank" mean "happy going-to-work to bank"?
1. It means that she was so close to reaching her goal that it was making her soul/heart ache to have it so close, almost within reach, but not quite there yet.
2. Her trip to the bank to organise finance for her dream home would be a happy journey. She would be happy on the way there because she would be looking forward very much to the outcome of her meeting with the bank.
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