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    KLPNO is offline Senior Member
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    highest poisons

    Hello everyone
    I'd like to ask about the meaning of the phrase "highest poisons" in the following sentence.

    But the air was breathable again, the wind having blown away the highest poisons.

    Does "highest poisons" mean the most dangerous poisons?

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    meez is offline Junior Member
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    Re: highest poisons

    Depends on the context. Could be the most dangerous poisons or the ones which are physically highest in the air.

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    Re: highest poisons

    Quote Originally Posted by meez View Post
    Depends on the context. Could be the most dangerous poisons or the ones which are physically highest in the air.
    Here is what the author says about these poisons earlier:

    Presumably the doomed were even more impressed, watching the tower of saltwater and foam soar high overhead, dislodged chunks of wood falling around them, and an endless thunder shaking the world as huge quantities of gas -- methane laced with hydrogen sulfide -- bubbled free.

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: highest poisons

    Even the context is not very helpful! I think the author is meaning the most dangerous poisons.

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