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    treating the former RNC staffer to his signature catchphrase

    Failed to get it. Does it mean "treating the former RNC staffer with his signature catchphrase"?

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    Re: treating the former RNC staffer to his signature catchphrase

    Trump was the star of a reality TV show in which contestants competed for a pretend job in his company. One contestant was removed at the end of each episode. Trump told the losing contestant "You're fired", a phrase which became a signature of the man who is now the president.

    The quote suggests that Trump will soon fire ("sack" in BrE) his press secretary.
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    Re: treating the former RNC staffer to his signature catchphrase

    Got it!

    Does "treating the staffer with..." work as well? (Trump used "treating...to")

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    Re: treating the former RNC staffer to his signature catchphrase

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    Got it!

    Does "treating the staffer with..." work as well? (Trump used "treating...to")
    Not to me, no.
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    Re: treating the former RNC staffer to his signature catchphrase

    Note the sarcasm involved here.
    To treat someone to something is usually meant in a positive sense. Have a look at explanation 4/4.1 of "treat" as a verb in the link below.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/treat

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    #6

    Re: treating the former RNC staffer to his signature catchphrase

    Using 'with' instead of 'to' does not work.

    Example:
    I'm treating my kids to ice-cream.
    I'm treating my kids with ice-cream. (doesn't really make sense, nobody says this)

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    Re: treating the former RNC staffer to his signature catchphrase

    In a slightly humorous fashion, if your kids are ill and you want to make them feel better using food, you could say "I'm treating them with ice cream"! It's unlikely, I admit, but you could use it to make out you are using ice cream as a remedy/treatment.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: treating the former RNC staffer to his signature catchphrase

    PeachJug, note my edit to your post. In future if you're going to reply to questions, please indicate in your posts that you're not a teacher.

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    Re: treating the former RNC staffer to his signature catchphrase

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    PeachJug, note my edit to your post. In future if you're going to reply to questions, please indicate in your posts that you're not a teacher.
    When you've made a certain number of posts, you'll be able to add a signature line to your profile. I can't remember whether that feature appears after ten or twenty. Meanwhile you have to try to remember to add the phrase every time.

    I remember being completely unsurprised when I was admonished to include the disclaimer. I knew the rule but I was certain I'd forget it at least once.
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    Re: treating the former RNC staffer to his signature catchphrase

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In a slightly humorous fashion, if your kids are ill and you want to make them feel better using food, you could say "I'm treating them with ice cream"! It's unlikely, I admit, but you could use it to make out you are using ice cream as a remedy/treatment.
    Well, ice cream used to be the old standby "treatment" for anybody who had their tonsils removed. Of course anything cold worked just as well, but it was a given than you got lots of ice cream if your tonsils were removed.

    Now they say avoid dairy after tonsillectomies, because dairy generates phlegm which promotes coughing and potentially aggravates the healing process.

    I guess you could stick with sorbet, though.
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