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    harbouring

    And Zaheer Khan gave the perfect start to India's defence when he sent back Oliver Pitcher for a duck and after a few minutes of rain stoppage came back and clean-bowled Stephen Outerbridge to snuff out any chance of that Bermuda may have been harbouring of causing an upset.

    What does `harbouring' mean in this sentence?

    Please explain it.


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    Re: harbouring

    "any chance of that Bermuda may have been harbouring" = any chance that Bermuda may have had hopes for

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    Re: harbouring

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "any chance of that Bermuda may have been harbouring" = any chance that Bermuda may have had hopes for
    Yes - this shows what can happen when writers (and the worst offenders seem to be sports writers) let imagery get out of hand! What the Bermudans were harbouring were hopes, not 'a chance'. The reason for the hope was that there was a chance, but the phrase 'harbouring a chance' doesn't make sense.

    And 'snuff out' confuses things further. You snuff out either a light or a hope. I'm not sure you can 'snuff out a chance' either (though maybe you can...hmmm).

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    Last edited by BobK; 21-Mar-2007 at 16:16. Reason: Last sentence added

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