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    Question Two questions about Coventry.

    Dear Teacher,
    Here is a sentence:
    The Americans, like representatives of other capitalist countries, were simply put in Coventry by the Military Administration which preceded the People's Government.
    I have two questions for the sentence:
    (1) What is meaning of "put in" here?
    (2) Why do the author used the word "Coventry" here? But Coventry is a city of central England.
    Help me, please. Thanks a lot!
    Gong

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    Re: Two questions about Coventry.

    Quote Originally Posted by gonghoujun View Post
    Dear Teacher,
    Here is a sentence:
    The Americans, like representatives of other capitalist countries, were simply put in Coventry by the Military Administration which preceded the People's Government.
    I have two questions for the sentence:
    (1) What is meaning of "put in" here?
    (2) Why do the author used the word "Coventry" here? But Coventry is a city of central England.
    Help me, please. Thanks a lot!
    Gong
    The phrase is "Sent to Coventry.


    Meaning
    To be ignored or shunned.
    Origin
    The origins of this phrase aren't known, although it is quite probable that events in Coventry in the English Civil War in the 1640s play a part. For those not familiar with the UK, Coventry is an industrial city in Warwickshire, England. It is well-known for its two cathedrals; the modern cathedral being built in 1962 to replace the old cathedral, which had been destroyed during an intense German bombing raid 1940.
    In the 17th century, when this phrase is supposed to have originated, Coventry was a small town. It is suggested that the phrase, although we now use it in an allusory sense, originated from people being actually sent there.
    The story - and it is no more than that - is that Cromwell sent a group of Royalist soldiers to be imprisoned in Coventry, around 1648. The locals, who were parliamentary supporters, shunned them and refused to consort with them.


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    Last edited by bhaisahab; 12-Aug-2008 at 11:25.

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    Re: Two questions about Coventry.

    This reply is very well. Thank Teacher bhaisahab very much!
    Best wishes.
    G

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