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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    I had my arm back again

    This is a dialogue from the movie Eraserhead (1977):

    The girls have heard this before but... 14 years ago I had an operation on my left arm here. The doctors said that I wouldn't be able to ever use it. But what the hell do they know, I said. So I rubbed it for a half-hour every day. And slowly I could move it a little, and use it to turn a faucet... and pretty soon I had my arm back again. And now, I can't feel a damn thing in it. All numb! I'm afraid to cut it, you know?

    Does the bold sentence mean that his arm was all good again?

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    Re: I had my arm back again

    It means that he can use his arm again.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

  3. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #3

    Re: I had my arm back again

    He got the use of his arm back, but has lost it again.

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