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    Mince in time

    Mince in time with girlfriend.Mince means walking in short steps in funny manner.What does mince in time would mean?

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    Re: Mince in time

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    What does mince in time would mean?
    I could only guess. Where did you hear/see this expression?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-Sep-2016 at 20:43. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: Mince in time

    If you do something "in time" with music, you make your feet/body move to the same rhythm as the music. If there was music playing, and the speaker and their girlfriend were both "mincing" (a very stylised way of moving) to the same rhythm as the music, they could be said to be "mincing in time".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Mince in time

    not a teacher

    I agree with emsr2d2. I would also suggest that if he was mimicking his girlfriend by mincing along at the same tempo as her, then he could be said to be mincing in time with his girlfriend even if there was no music present.

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    Re: Mince in time

    A walking tour should be gone upon alone, because freedom is of the essence; because you should be able to stop and go on, and follow this way or that, as the freak takes you; and because you must have your own pace, and neither trot alongside a champion walker, nor mince in time with a girl.

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    Re: Mince in time

    It would have helped if you had told us at the start that this was from something published in 1888, and given us full context in the first post: https://books.google.cz/books?id=WSi...irl%22&f=false

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    I am sorry about that. I happened to read this portion in a web-page which discuss it as an example. I didn't know it was very old. I thought it may be something common to use in English.

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    Re: Mince in time

    Fair enough, but a link to that web page might have been useful.

    I am sure some people think our insistence on source is a pain, but as much context as possible is often vital if we are to give satisfactory responses.

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    Re: Mince in time

    http://www.bartleby.com/141/strunk5.html#12

    Actually, it mentions its date in the beginning itself, but I didn't notice it.
    Last edited by rock-onn; 23-Sep-2016 at 16:49.

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    Re: Mince in time

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    Mince means walking in short steps in funny manner
    Stevenson probably used the word in this sense:

    MINCE, verb intransitive To walk with short steps; to walk with affected nicety; to affect delicacy in manner

    (Webster's 1828)

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