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    a la carte / mug / the way this is going

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me your opinion concerning my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following brief excerpt from a random post?

    “The other place is asking for £35 per head, but for a severely restricted menu. It seems to me that we could almost eat there à la carte for less.

    Discussions are continuing, but I don't appreciate being taken for a mug - and that is exactly what I think is happening.

    The next London Lunch should be less than 3 weeks away, but the way this is going, it may have to be delayed.”

    a la carte = with a separate price for each item on the menu

    mug (n) = a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of, fool, gull, sucker

    the way this is going = as things are going

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: a la carte / mug / the way this is going

    Hi Vil, your interpretations are fine.

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    Re: a la carte / mug / the way this is going

    Hi, Vil! Everything looks good to me!


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