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    the meaning of budget-busting, smack, deal

    Hello,
    I am reading a book called out of my mind.
    I don’t understand some words in the partbelow
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    Mom was especially pleased to find out I’dbeen assigned a “mobility assistant“ –an aide of my own
    “Finally!” Mom said relief in her voice. “We’vebeen asking for this for years”
    “Budget-busting paperwork. A system thatruns on grits instead of good sense. I’m sorry,” Mrs. Shanon replied, shakingher head. “I’m trying to get all the students in H-5 the services they need .But I smacked an aide for Melody way up on top of my list, so we’ll see how itgoes. I’m expecting a wonderful school year”
    …..(I omitted some parts)
    Catherin(a new aide) said to Melody “I goto the university, and I’m gonna be your deals and wheels every day”
    In this part, I was wondering whatbudget-busting paperwork, smacked and deals mean.
    I really appreciate it if you answer this.
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    Re: the meaning of budget-busting, smack, deal

    Quote Originally Posted by purple2 View Post
    Hello.
    I am reading a book called Out Of My Mind. (Please tell us the author of the book.)

    I don’t understand some words in the part (space needed here) below.

    Mom was especially pleased to find out I’d (space needed here) been assigned a “mobility assistant“ – (space needed here) an aide of my own.
    “Finally!” Mom said, relief in her voice. “We’ve (space needed here) been asking for this for years.
    “Budget-busting paperwork. A system that (space needed here) runs on grits instead of good sense. I’m sorry,” Mrs. Shanon replied, shaking (space needed here) her head. “I’m trying to get all the students in H-5 the services they need. (Space after a full stop, not before one) But I smacked an aide for Melody way up on top of my list, so we’ll see how it (space needed here) goes. I’m expecting a wonderful school year.

    ... (I have omitted some parts)

    Catherine (space needed here) (a new aide) said to Melody “I go (space needed here) to the university, and I’m gonna be your deals and wheels every day.


    In this part, I was wondering what (space needed here) "budget-busting paperwork", "smacked" and "deals" mean.
    I would really appreciate it if you would/could answer this.
    Welcome to the forum.

    Please look at my corrections above. When you copied and pasted your text, the formatting got messed up and removed a lot of spaces. If you cut and paste in future, check the post for missing spaces and put them back in, using the Edit Post facility.

    It looks as if Mrs Shanon, who arranged the aide, was subject to some budgetary constraints and the paperwork involved to get the money for a mobility assistant was complicated to negotiate. However, she managed to do it.

    It's not "smacked" on its own. She "smacked" the issue of getting an aide for Melody "up" to the top of her list - she made it a priority.

    I'm not really sure about the significance of "wheels and deals". It sounds as if the aide is basically saying that she will help Melody with everything mobility-related every day. "Wheels" makes sense there but "deals" doesn't. Maybe an AmE speaker can make more sense of it, or can tell us that "wheels and deals" is a set phrase in that variant.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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