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    Its about a phrase in this book I'm reading

    what does the phrase "now I have a raft to throw overboard just for scale mean"

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    Re: Its about a phrase in this book I'm reading

    Really need more context. Sounds like "mixed metaphor".
    "a raft to throw overboard" usually implies getting ready to abandon ship and preparing a safe escape. "just for scale" usually means [I]to see if it is the right size[I]. Could be the writer means "I am getting ready to get out; let's see if this will work."

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