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    Cool woe-begone

    The meaning of "Woe" is "grief"and the meaning of "begone" is to go away or gone away. Then why the meaning of "woe-begone" is "overhwelmed with grief". Is it that my perception of the meaning of "begone" is wrong. Can the idiomatic meaning of the same word be diametrically opposite.


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    Re: woe-begone

    Quote Originally Posted by rameshpahwa View Post
    The meaning of "Woe" is "grief"and the meaning of "begone" is to go away or gone away. Then why the meaning of "woe-begone" is "overhwelmed with grief". Is it that my perception of the meaning of "begone" is wrong. Can the idiomatic meaning of the same word be diametrically opposite.
    "(p. p.) Surrounded; furnished; beset; environed (as in woe-begone)."

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    Re: woe-begone

    Quote Originally Posted by rameshpahwa View Post
    The meaning of "Woe" is "grief"and the meaning of "begone" is to go away or gone away. Then why the meaning of "woe-begone" is "overhwelmed with grief". Is it that my perception of the meaning of "begone" is wrong. Can the idiomatic meaning of the same word be diametrically opposite.
    The second part of "woebegone" is not the same as the word "begone".

    The second part of "woebegone" comes from "beset" or "troubled with".

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