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    #1

    to indulge in examination malpractices


    Hi!
    What is the exact meaning of the words printed in bold?

    It is commonly believed that students would use cell phones to indulge in examination malpractices.
    It is from a text about using cell phones in schools.

    Thanks very much.

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    #2

    Re: to indulge in examination malpractices

    Cheat

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    #3

    Re: to indulge in examination malpractices

    It is just a polite and euphemistic way of saying cheat. There is a tendency nowadays to avoid language as direct as Piscean's in many contexts.

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    #4

    Re: to indulge in examination malpractices

    I do tend to call a (ahem) digging tool a digging tool.
    Last edited by Piscean; 08-Feb-2016 at 10:01. Reason: typo

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    #5

    Re: to indulge in examination malpractices

    For the benefit of our learners, have a look at the links below to understand Piscean's joke in post #4, and to learn a new and useful idiom.

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...-spade-a-spade

    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...+spade+a+spade

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    #6

    Re: to indulge in examination malpractices

    The reason I used the term 'digging tool' is that 'spade' can a derogatory term for a black person. Some people object to the idiom because they feel that it may be used with this derogatory meaning in mind. My post was humorous (?) because I presented myself as a forthright person, but then used a euphemism.

    I have been known to use the correct idiom. I will not stop using words in appropriate contexts just because they can be offensive in other contexts. However, I feel that it is probably not a good idea for learners to use it, in case of possible misunderstanding.

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