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    spare the odd one --> What does it mean ?

    W: Will you be giving any more history tutorials to Mike? I saw him almost pulling out hairs over his assignment questions.
    M: Not if I can help it, but I'll probably cave in and spare the odd one.

    In the dialogue above, what does the man mean by "I'll probably cave in and spare the odd one."?

    Thank you in advance.
    Have a nice day.

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    Re: spare the odd one --> What does it mean ?

    The person doesn't want to but will end up agreeing to give an occasional tutorial.

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    Re: spare the odd one --> What does it mean ?

    odd could mean unusual;
    spare could mean aid,back up or help;
    cave in mean fall down; the meaning here should be go to help

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    Re: spare the odd one --> What does it mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by dotkura View Post
    cave in mean fall down; the meaning here should be go to help
    I'm not sure I understand what you mean. Could you explain it in a different way?

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    Cave in means ...


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    Re: spare the odd one --> What does it mean ?

    Thanks for all of you who replied.
    I've got the overall meaning of what the man said.
    But could you explain more specifically?
    I don't understand this part to be exact.
    " spare the odd one"

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    Re: spare the odd one --> What does it mean ?

    dd one = occasional
    spare- this is a little unclear, but I assume that the person has a slot or fixed time for tutorials and will make this time available sometimes

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    Re: spare the odd one --> What does it mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    dd one = occasional
    spare- this is a little unclear, but I assume that the person has a slot or fixed time for tutorials and will make this time available sometimes
    ... or he could just mean 'I could spare [the time for] an occasional one'. If a seminar always takes a fixed time (say 45 mins), in colloquial contexts he might drop the words 'the time for', although they're strictly necessary for the sense of 'spare' [as he's sparing the time, not 'the odd one'].

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