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    Question pulls no punches =? (2 Questions)

    Jeff Randall, The Daily Telegraph's editor at large, is outspoken and pulls no punches in his sharp analysis of the worlds of British business and politics.
    Hello! Could someone please answer the questions for me? Thanks!

    Q1: When I reat "at large" in this context at at the first sight, I felt kind of funny. It reminds me of the editor might be a runaway. Will this happen to native speakers?

    Q2: pulls no punches =? Is "punches" related the puppet play of Punch?

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    Re: pulls no punches =? (2 Questions)

    I assume he's not the editor of a specific department, like business or sports or finance.

    If you "pull your punch" when you hit someone, you don't hit them very hard. Two stunt men enacting a fight for the camera will look they are swinging hard, but will pull their punches so it doesn't actually hurt their acting partner.

    If you do NOT pull you punches, you hit the person has hard as you are able. It's used as a metaphor, clearly. He does not "go lightly" on the people he wants to attack in the press but hits them with everything he's got.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 16-Oct-2008 at 19:21.

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    Re: pulls no punches =? (2 Questions)

    Hi Barb_D,

    Thank you for your help. I got it.

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