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    rough-on-rats

    Would you explain the following expressions in bold in easy English?

    1. I say "contagious," for enthusiasm is just that. It lulls the critical faculties. It is a veritable "rough-on-rats" to all dissenting, to all negative and opposing ideas.

    2. No radios, no cables, no A. P. dispatches; those Athenians must have been hard put in those days to scratch up something fresh every afternoon. Then Paul came. Here was something new. They crowded about him.......

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    Re: rough-on-rats

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    Would you explain the following expressions in bold in easy English?

    1. I say "contagious," for enthusiasm is just that. It lulls the critical faculties. It is a veritable "rough-on-rats" to all dissenting, to all negative and opposing ideas.

    2. No radios, no cables, no A. P. dispatches; those Athenians must have been hard put in those days to scratch up something fresh every afternoon. Then Paul came. Here was something new. They crowded about him.......

    Thank you.
    "rough-on-rats" isn't an idiom I've met (is it Am E I wonder). But the context suggest that it means "atmosphere - or even policy? - of treating dissension with hostility"; to use an appropriate quotation 'He who is not with me is against me'.

    If you are 'hard put [to it] to do X' it's not easy; the Athenians found it difficult to find fresh forms of entertainment [involving the communication of information about current affairs/discussion/thought].

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    Re: rough-on-rats

    OK. It's been helpful.

    Thank you for the answer.

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