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    struggling / file

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the words in bold in the following brief excerpt from the IHT’s article “Downturn drags more Americans into bankruptcy”?

    “The deep troubles of the U.S. economy are pushing a growing number of already struggling Americans into bankruptcy, often with far more debt than those who filed in previous downturns.”

    struggling (a) = to be strenuously engaged with a problem, task, or undertaking, as in: a struggling artist

    I wonder whether you know the expression “to keep the wolf from the door”? = “to avoid the privation and suffering resulting from a lack of money”

    privation (n) = lack of the basic necessities or comforts of life.

    file (v) = record, register

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: struggling / file

    "Struggling" - "striving"

    "Filed" - "registered"

    "To keep the wolf from the door" - "to keep away poverty" or "to prevent starvation"

    hope it'll help

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