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    hard-to-get

    Hello,

    In the sentence below, what does 'hard-to-get' mean?

    The answer suggested by our conversations is that 'country X' does want to work out a modus vivendi with the 'country Y'- but will play hard-to-get.

    In fact, I don't undestand correctly this sentence.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: hard-to-get

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    Hello,

    In the sentence below, what does 'hard-to-get' mean?

    The answer suggested by our conversations is that 'country X' does want to work out a modus vivendi with the 'country Y'- but will play hard-to-get.

    In fact, I don't undestand correctly this sentence.

    Thanks in advance
    It means that country X wants to gain as much as possible from an agreement with country Y and so will draw out the negotiations for as long as possible so as to gain the maximum of concessions.

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    Re: hard-to-get

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    Hello,

    In the sentence below, what does 'hard-to-get' mean?

    The answer suggested by our conversations is that 'country X' does want to work out a modus vivendi with the 'country Y'- but will play hard-to-get.

    In fact, I don't undestand correctly this sentence.

    Thanks in advance
    Playing hard-to-get is most often used in a romantic situation. Usually, but not always, it's the lady who plays hard-to get. She replies, "Maybe" when asked if she will go on a date even though she may be just as keen as the man. By doing this she tries to make sure her suitor is really interested in her and is willing to pursue her.
    Similarly, countries may feel they'll get a better deal if they pretend to be less keen than the country that is proposing an agreement.

    Buggles (not a teacher)

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