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    spare your co-workers

    Hi,

    I would like to know what "spare" means here?

    If your nose crinkles while you try to enjoy your dish, you should leave it at home and spare your co-workers.

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    Re: spare your co-workers

    It seems to mean that you should leave your nose at home in order to spare your co-workers (relieve them of) the unpleasantness of seeing it crinkle.

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    #3

    Re: spare your co-workers

    Funny answer, does it really mean so?

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    Re: spare your co-workers

    What it's trying to say is that if your food has such a strong odor that it bothers you, avoid making your coworkers have to smell it as well.

    However, as Piscean has pointed out, it's awkwardly worded.

    I sometimes will use the expression 'curl your nose hairs' to describe powerful smells, especially spicy smells.
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    Re: spare your co-workers

    On second thoughts, it is perhaps more likely to mean that you should leave your dish at home. This would make sense if you prepared your lunch at home and took it into work. If it makes your nose crinkle while you are preparing it, it may offend your co-workers, so leave it at home - don't take it to work with you. however, the 'while you try to enjoy your dish' doesn't really fit with this. Have you any context?

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    Re: spare your co-workers

    That was my reading of it, and although I didn't elaborate well, was what I meant by 'avoid making your coworkers smell it'.

    Enjoy the dish at home instead of bringing it to work where it may offend others.

    I don't find the 'while you enjoy it' problematic. There are any number of foods that taste much better than they smell.

    Off the top of my head I can think of several cheeses I've enjoyed which still stank to high heaven - Limburger, Stilton, and other semi-soft cheeses. I love kimchi and sauerkraut despite their smells. Stinky tofu will curl your nosehairs while you enjoy it. Natto, doenjang, and lutefisk are smelly also. Almost anything fermented has some odor to it.

    I've yet to try durian, but it's supposed to smell terrible despite a delicious taste.
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    Re: spare your co-workers

    Maybe it is the co-workers who should leave their noses at home.

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    Re: spare your co-workers

    Where did you encounter this sentence, Sepmre?

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    Re: spare your co-workers

    I've encounter it in a pdf file comprised of many sentences in English at different themes. So I don't know exactly where it originally came from.

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