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    #1

    a hause of call for all the gaping idlers of the neighborhood

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right way with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following brief excerpt from the Dickens’ “Burnaby Rudge”?

    To-night,' returned the other. 'What do you stare at? This tavern would seem to be a house of call for all the gaping idlers of the neighborhood!'

    a house of call for all the gaping idlers of the neighborhood = a haunt for all the despicable/contemptible people of the neighborhood

    a house of call =

    analogous to “ a port of call = any port where a ship stops except its home port

    gaping idlers = wretched fellows, lame ducks, lazybones

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Re: a hause of call for all the gaping idlers of the neighborhood

    An idler is someone who is not employed productively. A gaping idler is (my guess) someone who is looking for gossip or news or something to see.


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