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    an expression and a sentence

    What's the meaning of " pell-mell"?
    I can't find it even in a famous Chinese-English dictionary [ever sent to Mrs.Thatcher]





    [ from an American movie]What's the meaning of the following sentence?
    Keep your match lock lit!
    [ according to the translation,it's meaning probably is that :The gun has been ready to shoot . But I suspect it and feel the sentence is very odd,who can help me to analyse and explain the sentence,thank you!!!]
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    Re: an expression and a sentence

    Hi
    As a Brit, but not a teacher, I would advise as follows:

    Rushing "pell-mell" into something means rushing:


    pell-mell: Definition and Much More from Answers.com
    1. In a jumbled, confused manner; helter-skelter.
    2. In frantic disorderly haste; headlong: “I went to work pell-mell, blotted several sheets of paper with choice floating thoughts” (Washington Irving).rushing into doing something, regardless of any possible consequences.
    re: "Keeping your matchlock lit", you are correct in your assumption that it means: "Be ready at all times" i.e. it can be used metaphorically, outside its original context.
    See Matchlock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for details of matchlocks (note: it's a single word rather than match lock)
    Also see: Keeping your matchlock lit: Web Search Results from Answers.com
    An inherent weakness of the matchlock was the necessity of keeping the match constantly lit.

    Hope this helps
    NT

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    Re: an expression and a sentence

    Neillythere


    Really thank you for your sincere,warm-hearted reply.




    I've just found the word matchlock in the dictionary.

    According to the explanation (in Chinese),the word matchlock seems like an old word(I guess),and it corresponds blasting fuse
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    Re: an expression and a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by dodonaomik View Post
    According to the explanation (in Chinese),the word matchlock seems like an old word(I guess),and it corresponds blasting fuse
    My dictionary gives 火繩槍 for matchlock. See a picture here http://www.hunter-ed.com/images/grap..._wheellock.gif.

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    Re: an expression and a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    My dictionary gives 火繩槍 for matchlock. See a picture here http://www.hunter-ed.com/images/grap...wheellock.gif.
    SOUP:
    thank you,thank you
    I get it


    matchlock isn't blasting fuse.

    And 火绳枪 (Chinese (Simplified)) =火繩槍(Chinese (Traditional))




    In fact,I first time meet 火绳枪 .And I think most Chinese have never heard it.


    Matchlock is really very strange to most modern people.

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