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    Refusal out of little experience

    What is idiom when one refuses an offer proposal because one doesn`t understand it fully.

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    #2

    Re: Refusal out of little experience

    Welcome to the forum, Kayeff.

    'I'm not going to buy a pig in a poke.'

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    Re: Refusal out of little experience

    American singer Tom Waits said: "The big print giveth, and the small print taketh away."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #4

    Re: Refusal out of little experience

    What does "giveth" and "taketh " mean here?

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    #5

    Re: Refusal out of little experience

    Quote Originally Posted by yi-ing View Post
    What does "giveth" and "taketh " mean here?
    They are archaic third-person singular forms of "give" and "take". The modern equivalents are gives and takes. The widely-used King James Version of the Bible uses these forms extensively, including in the book of Job, where you can find the origin of Waits's phrase (though with a mix of tenses).
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    Re: Refusal out of little experience

    Quote Originally Posted by yi-ing View Post
    What do "giveth" and "taketh " mean here?
    Yes. Waits was riffing on the King James line "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Refusal out of little experience

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    Yes. Waits was riffing on the King James line "The Lord hath given and the Lord taketh away."
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    #8

    Re: Refusal out of little experience

    Well, keep me honest! 10-Q!
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    #9

    Re: Refusal out of little experience

    How about I can't get my head round it?

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