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    To burst with someone's meat ???

    I have googled for the meaning of the thread title to no avail. I came across it in one of Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster books and was not able to figure it out from the context. Perhaps it is dated as is often the case in vocabulary found in other similar books written in the early 20th century.

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    ‘Well, if anybody had told me this would happen, I wouldn’t have believed it. I would have laughed mockingly. Bertie Wooster let me down? No, no, I would have said – not Bertie, who was not only at school with me but is at this very moment bursting with my meat.’

    (From P. G. Wodehouse: "Joy in the Morning")

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    Re: To burst with someone's meat ???

    The speaker had recently served Bertie a large meal.
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    Re: To burst with someone's meat ???

    Don't feel bad, rappiolla. That's a subtle and difficult one. I was scratching my head a bit over it, but I am sure GoesStation is right.

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    Re: To burst with someone's meat ???

    I understand the explanation, but it does seem like an odd thing to say. Some people are just eccentric I guess.
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    Re: To burst with someone's meat ???

    It's typical Wodehouse.
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    Re: To burst with someone's meat ???

    That is the way he writes. And his readers can't get enough of it.

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    Re: To burst with someone's meat ???

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The speaker had recently served Bertie a large meal.
    Is the sexual innuendo intended? I assume it is, right?

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    Re: To burst with someone's meat ???

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The speaker had recently served Bertie a large meal.
    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Is the sexual innuendo intended? I assume it is, right?
    In case of confusion, it's not GoesStation's wording above that could be taken as sexual innuendo.

    It's the following quote:

    Quote Originally Posted by rappiolla View Post
    but is at this very moment bursting with my meat.’
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: To burst with someone's meat ???

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Is the sexual innuendo intended? I assume it is, right?
    In my opinion, certainly not by Wodehouse way back then. As for the TV series, it may possibly have been intended. Stephen Fry is and has always been subversive.

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    Re: To burst with someone's meat ???

    Wodehouse's male characters in the Jeeves series were almost entirely non-sexual. They were generally not smart enough to figure out how.
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