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  1. #1

    at a shot

    This is about a teacher in kindergarten:
    "and exiling so many children at a shot for a 'time-out' that there was no longer any activity to take a time out from."

    Could you please explain the expression "at a shot" and rephrase this whole sentence?

    Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: at a shot

    Welcome, rusalka.

    Could you give us the rest of the sentence?

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    Re: at a shot

    Thanks Casiopea!

    The whole text is obscure and difficult to understand. The author often puts familiar words into a new context, uses a lot of self-made metaphors etc.

    It is about a young teacher who was at first very enthusiastic about working with children, but now her exhilaration is beginning to "fray around the edges".

    "This was her first year of flaking poster paint from her eyebrows, going to sleep at night with the salty taste of paste in her gums, and exiling so many children at a shot for a 'time-out' that there was no longer any activity to take a time out from."

    Nothing else has been said about it.

    Thanks!

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    Re: at a shot

    In that context at a shot (like all in one shot) means, many children all at once, all at the same time.

    Does that help?

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    Re: at a shot

    There's also this meaning, at a shot, quickly without having the time to think of a better solution to the problem.

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    Re: at a shot

    Yes, it helps!

    Thank you, Casiopea!

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    Re: at a shot

    You're most welcome.

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