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    Next of kin

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    What is the meaning of ''next of kin'' in the given sentence? It's from Medicine by Sam McCarter Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Next of kin

    Did you try looking in a dictionary? It's a common term and you'll find it very easily. Or just google "definition of next of kin".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Did you try looking in a dictionary? It's a common term and you'll find it very easily. Or just google "definition of next of kin".
    I did. But I am asking about ''next of kin.''

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    Re: Next of kin

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    I did. But I am asking about ''next of kin.''
    I just Googled "definition of next of kin". Google returned the definition of the phrase "next of kin". Does it return something different to you? (It wouldn't be the first time.)
    I am not a teacher.

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    In post #3, you underlined the word "next" in "next of kin". Are you, in fact, trying to ask us why the word "next" is used in that specific phrase? Note that that's not what you asked us in post #1.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    In post #3, you underlined the word "next" in "next of kin". Are you, in fact, trying to ask us why the word "next" is used in that specific phrase? Note that that's not what you asked us in post #1.
    Yes, I was looking for ''Next of kin.'' I didn't understand why they were used together. It is an idiom, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Yes, I was looking for ''Next of kin.'' I didn't understand why they were used together. It is an idiom, isn't it?
    Yes. What do you find when you Google the phrase?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Next of kin

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Yes. What do you find when you Google the phrase?
    It's the fourth result and it says it's a noun. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/ru/...1;/next-of-kin

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    Re: Next of kin

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    It's the fourth result and it says it's a noun. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/ru/...1;/next-of-kin
    You now have your answer! You know it's a noun and you have the definition.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Next of kin

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Yes, I was looking for ''Next of kin.'' I didn't understand why they were used together. It is an idiom, isn't it?
    The direction doesn't matter in an emergency- it could be horizontal (partner/spouse), upwards (parents), downwards (children). It is just the closest at the time.

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