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    Good bet or bad move?

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the interpretation of an expression from the IHT’s title”Awarding the Olympics to China: Good bet or bad move?

    I know one by one the meaning of the terms “bet” and “move” by I see in the present configuration a very interesting pun.

    I caught the deeper meaning of the expression in question with great difficulty only just reading the context in the following excerpt from the quoted article.

    “Now the looming question, as China prepares for the opening ceremonies, is whether the committee made the right bet or took too lightly the possibility that protests or unforeseen events could divide rather than unite the nations whose athletes are gathering in Beijing. “

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Re: Good bet or bad move?

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the interpretation of an expression from the IHT’s title”Awarding the Olympics to China: Good bet or bad move?
    I think you understand it correctly. The International Olympic Committee had a choice to make. They bet on China. Was it a good bet? (Will it pay off?). Or was it a bad move? A bad move here means exactly the same as if you made a bad move (a bad choice of which move to make) when playing chess.
    It won't be until after the games that the IOC will know whether they've made a good bet on China, or it was a bad move.

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