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    A horse bite

    Hello everybody!

    In Poland, people sometimes get funny (ha ha) and strange treatment from their family members.

    For intstance, someone approaches you, holds your leg skin fold between the thumb and the remaining fingers and says jokingly to you. Do you know how a horse bites? It is not meant to harm anyone.

    Does such a habit take place in your country?

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    Re: A horse bite

    someone approaches you, holds your leg skin fold between the thumb and the remaining fingers and says jokingly to you. Do you know how a horse bites?
    Um ... I can confirm that this is not a habit in the UK.

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    Re: A horse bite

    I have just found something. What is a horse bite pinch?

    A large pinch performed with the entire hand, squeezing everything between thumb and fingers rather than just using the fingertips. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see cow,‎ bite.

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    Re: A horse bite

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Hello everybody!

    In Poland, people sometimes get funny (ha ha) and strange treatment from their family members.

    For intstance, someone approaches you, holds your leg skin fold between the thumb and the remaining fingers and says jokingly to you. Do you know how a horse bites? It is not meant to harm anyone.

    Does such a habit take place in your country?

    Not since elementary school...

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    Re: A horse bite

    Could I ask you a question about the meaning of "Not since elementary school..."?

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    Re: A horse bite

    It means elementary school kids might do it; adults don't.

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    Re: A horse bite

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Could I ask you a question about the meaning of "Not since elementary school..."?
    In the US, pinching someone jokingly is generally considered to be a juvenile act. Therefore, it is more likely to happen in elementary school than in later years.

    (Cross-posted with teechar.)

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    Re: A horse bite

    Please bear with me. The reason I am asking about "not since" is that I have always found the structure hard to understand, especially in inversion.
    It seems to me that the meaning is literal (not inversion) and I could say, for example, that a horse bite pinch has not been practised since elementary school (only pupils attending elementary school have practised a horse bite pinch).

    Do you agree with my understanding?

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    Re: A horse bite

    That's right.

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    #10

    Re: A horse bite

    Only elementary school students do it. And only on each other.
    Not a professional teacher

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