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    #1

    "by one account"

    Hi there,

    Could someone explain to me the meaning of "by one account" in the following sentence:
    "Saddam sneered at Shiite guards-the warlord Moqtada al-Sadr's men, by one account".

    Thanks


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    #2

    Re: "by one account"

    It is one person's account of what happened.


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    #3

    Re: "by one account"

    Hi,

    Sorry, but I don't understand the sentence yet. Do you mean "according to one whitness"?
    Here is the entire paragraph:
    Jan. 8, 2007 issue - President George W. Bush was sleeping at 9 p.m. at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, when Saddam Hussein's body plunged through the trapdoor of a gallows in Kadhimiya Prison on the outskirts of Baghdad. It was dawn in the Iraqi capital, and the 69-year-old Butcher of Baghdad wore no blindfold. He had carried a Qur'an for the last few steps before his death, looking uncertain, even afraid, according to one of the witnesses close to him, but mouthing words of defiance. He sneered at Shiite guards—the warlord Moqtada al-Sadr's men, by one account. He praised God and, as he neared the gallows, proclaimed, "Iraq without me is nothing."
    Thanks


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    #4

    Re: "by one account"

    What do you not understand. It is quite clear. One person stated that it was the warlord Moqtada al-Sadr's men, which is what (the observer) told the journalists.

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