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    What does "survey" mean here?

    In this sentence: "You're the master of all you survey." What does this survey possibly mean? Thank you very much.

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    Re: What does "survey" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Punchinello View Post
    In this sentence: "You're the master of all you survey." What does this survey possibly mean? Thank you very much.
    "Survey" means "to look at" here. Imagine you're a conquering general, Genghis Khan or someone. You climb a mountain to survey your new-gained territory. You are master of it all.
    I don't think it has a proverbial meaning.

    Miriam-Webster:
    3: to view or consider comprehensively
    4: inspect , scrutinize <he surveyed us in a lordly way Alan Harrington>

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    survey (LOOK AT)
    verb
    1 [T] SLIGHTLY FORMAL to look at or examine all of something, especially carefully:
    He got out of the car to survey the damage.
    She has written a book which surveys (= describes in detail) the history of feminism.

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    Re: What does "survey" mean here?

    Thank you so much.

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