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    ridin'-the-range

    Could anyone explain the following expressions in bold?

    1. A downside for some drivers might be the disappearing independence, the loss of the ridin'-the-range autonomy of the strong-forearmed UPS driver.

    2. Transition seldom comes easily. Of course, we cannot clearly see all of the steps ahead. It is always easier to see difficulties than to develop methods of solving them. But first, let us take sight of a goal.

    In the above, does "steps" literally mean "stairs", and "obstacles" figuratively? Is "take sight of" the same as "catch sight of"?

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    Re: ridin'-the-range

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    Could anyone explain the following expressions in bold?

    1. A downside for some drivers might be the disappearing independence, the loss of the ridin'-the-range autonomy of the strong-forearmed UPS driver.

    2. Transition seldom comes easily. Of course, we cannot clearly see all of the steps ahead. It is always easier to see difficulties than to develop methods of solving them. But first, let us take sight of a goal.

    In the above, does "steps" literally mean "stairs", and "obstacles" figuratively? Is "take sight of" the same as "catch sight of"?

    Thank you.
    "ridin'-the-range" - draws imagery from the days of the Frontier and the Old West, when men were free to go where and how they wanted. It is suggesting that UPS drivers are independent in character.

    Steps here means each stage of a development.

    Take sight of
    = identify the goal.

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    Re: ridin'-the-range

    Many thanks, Anglika.

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