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    turn him off the farm

    In the Out of Africa by K. Blixen, the author is telling her life in Africa. She has a farm in Kenya and Kaninu is an Africa squatter who lives inside her farm. Note that The squatters are Natives, who with their families hold a few acres on a white manís farm

    "I and Kaninu had had many heated arguments, I had indeed been threatening to turn him off the farm, all over a particular traffic of his."

    Please someone tell me what is meaning of underlined words. I guess "turn off" means dismiss or sack. So that she wants to force him go away. Then what is meaning of "all over a particular traffic of his".

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: turn off someone

    Quote Originally Posted by Sukhomvit View Post
    In the Out of Africa, by K. Blixen, the author is telling talks about her life in Africa. She has a farm in Kenya, and Kaninu is an Africa squatter who lives inside on her farm. Note that the squatters are natives who, with their families, hold a few acres on a white manís farm.

    "I and Kaninu had had many heated arguments, I had indeed been threatening to turn him off the farm, all over a particular traffic of his."

    Can someone please someone tell me what is meaning of the underlined words mean? I guess "turn off" means dismiss or sack, so that she wants to force him to go away. Then what is the meaning of "all over a particular traffic of his?"
    Quote Originally Posted by Sukhomvit View Post
    turn him off the farm, all over a particular traffic of his.
    evict him from the farm because of some behaviour/association/conduct of his.

    Take a look at entry #4 for "traffic" as an archaic noun in the link below.
    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/traffic

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    Re: turn him off the farm

    Please note that I have improved your thread title.

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